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Editorial mandate and journalistic approach

CMAJ News is published by the news department at CMAJ, a peer-reviewed general medical journal owned by CMA Impact Inc. 

We publish journalism for and about Canadian health professionals and patients, written by journalists and edited by both a news editor and a physician expert in medical publishing. 

We uphold the Canadian Association of Journalists’ definition of journalism and the role of journalists. That includes commitments to:

  • Evidence-based research and verification
  • Fair and accurate reporting on the facts, opinions and debate at play within a situation 
  • Attributing the sources of the information we report
  • Correcting errors 
  • Providing opportunity for rebuttal

Editorial leadership and staff

Dr. Kirsten Patrick (@KirstyPatrick) is the interim editor-in-chief at CMAJ. She has 15 years of experience as a medical editor at two highly respected general medical journals, and a postgraduate degree in global health policy. 

Dr. Andreas Laupacis (@AndreasLaupacis) is deputy editor at CMAJ. Formerly a general internist specializing in palliative care at St. Michael’s Hospital, a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, he has published hundreds of scientific articles and founded two health news websites – Healthy Debate and Faces of Medicine. 

Lauren Vogel (@ellevogel) is the news editor at CMAJ. She has received national awards for her reporting on women’s health, sexual health, and physician suicide, and regularly contributes as a health commentator on CBC Radio. Contact Lauren at

Diana Duong (@dianaduo) is CMAJ’s staff journalist and has more than eight years of experience working in digital and magazine journalism. She has written for national publications including Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Flare, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Living, Today’s Parent, and the Huffington Post, among others. Contact Diana at

Active contributors

Wendy Glauser (@WendyGlauser) is an award-winning writer and editor who lives in Toronto. Her articles have also appeared in the New Scientist, Undark, Walrus, Chatelaine, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, the Medical Post, the Toronto Star, University Affairs, and Healthy Debate.

Greg Basky (@jargonslayer) is a Saskatoon-based writer specializing in medicine and health care. His work also appears in the BMJ, Medical Post, WebMD, Runner’s World, and Canadian Living.  

Abigail Cukier (@AbigailCukier) is an award-winning writer and editor in Hamilton, with publications in major Canadian newspapers and magazines, as well as trade publications, including Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, the Medical Post and the Globe and Mail.

Jolene Banning (@JoleneBanning) is an Anishinaabe-kwe journalist whose documentary, podcasting and written work highlight Anishinaabe resilience and culture, and how these intersect with colonialism across Canada. Her work also appears in the Globe and Mail, CBC News, Canadaland, and Makwa Creative.

Terry Murray (@terromur) has been a medical journalist for more than 35 years. She has held staff positions at Canadian Family Physician and the Medical Post and has been a consultant for the World Health Organization.

Ownership and editorial independence

CMAJ has editorial independence from its owner CMA Joule Inc., a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. 

CMA Joule Inc. and the Canadian Medical Association do not influence or participate in CMAJ News editorial decisions such as assigning or developing stories, commissioning journalists, editing content, or vetting articles for publication. 

All editorial matter in CMAJ represent the opinion of the authors and not necessarily those of the Canadian Medical Association or its subsidiaries. 

The editorial independence and integrity of CMAJ are stewarded by the CMAJ Governance Council, which includes physician members, scholarly publishing experts, and representatives of the CMA, CMA Joule and CMAJ Editorial Board. 

For more information, please visit the journal oversight page on