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.


William Lack, MD


 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Years in practice: 7 years

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

I was interested as some of my mentors reviewed for JBJS and I reached out myself to ask if I could be involved.

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

I would recommend taking time to thoroughly review each manuscript. I try to avoid any judgements until after I’ve understood the manuscript in its entirety. I attempt to be critical while providing constructive feedback as the goal is to not just determine what is suitable for publication, but to aid the authors in improving their work regardless of JBJS publication. I complete reviews as soon as possible.

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

The Scandinavian crime novel The Man Who Smiled while on a recent vacation, and numerous Roald Dahl books to my 4yo daughter (two to three chapters nightly).

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