In honor of Peer Review Week, JBJS is pleased once again 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.


Thomas A. DeCoster, M.D.


University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM

Years in practice: 35

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

JBJS by invitation from another reviewer (Dr. Tom Grace) across town.

Reviewing in general by invitation from Dr. Jody Buckwalter who instilled in me the value of the peer review process and reviewing manuscripts as a service to orthopedics and for personal advancement.

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

Review in a prompt scientific manner, focusing on basic concepts like logic.

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

Nick Faldo: A Swing for Life.  The arms connected to the chest for chip shots in particular.

Learn more about the JBJS Elite Reviewers program.

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