JBJS is pleased to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing.

Name: Keith M. Baumgarten, MD.         

Affiliation: Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Years in practice: 14 years

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

When I began practice, I contacted the journal and volunteered to be a reviewer.  I believe that reviewing for journals is a service that we can provide to the orthopaedic community.  In addition, reviewing has helped me stay up to date in maintaining my orthopaedic knowledge base and has allowed me to become a better author as well.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

My advice is two-fold. First, it is important to understand that an author’s research and submitted manuscript can often be very dear to them.  They have invested countless hours in developing, performing, and writing their research.  This should be recognized so that we spend the appropriate time understanding their manuscript, determining its place in the orthopaedic literature, and providing an unbiased review.  Second, it is important to provide this review in a timely manner.  Authors often have to wait weeks or months to determine the status of their submission, and we as reviewers should try to minimize this.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

The last three books I have read are Start With Why by Simon Sinek, Football for a Buck:  The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman, and On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides.

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