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: Eeric Truumees, MD
Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School / Ascension Seton Brain & Spine Institute, Austin, Texas
Years in practice: 20
How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?
The first part of my career was spent in a “privademic” setting. I saw peer review as a means of keeping up with the latest ideas in orthopaedic surgery (and spine surgery in particular). These reviews, while time consuming, both felt rewarding and were a solid contribution to the larger field. Since then, I have served several journals, including at the Deputy Editor level. The chance to serve at JBJS is a great honor.
What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?
First, your reviews should be systematic. There are lots of guides available, but you have to find a system that works well for you. Once you do, your reviews will both offer more value for the authors and editors and become more efficient to perform. Know your bandwidth and respond quickly whether you are able to provide the review or not. Then, as with anything, a big part of success lies in being reliable.
Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?
As someone with an interest in healthcare re-design and working in the highly contentious field of spine surgery, I have been reading books on program building, leadership, and other business topics.
Learn more about the JBJS Elite Reviewers program.