Douglas R. Dirschl

Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Douglas R. Dirschl

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.


Douglas R. Dirschl, MD


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Years in practice: 28

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

I have always greatly enjoyed writing, reviewing and editing manuscripts.  I sought out the opportunity early in my career to begin to review for JOT and JBJS, and I have focused most of my reviewing time on those two journals.  I look forward to the invitations to review manuscripts and probably get 3-5 invitations per week. I feel that providing thoughtful and timely reviews is what has led me to be invited to provide a few commentary pieces for JBJS.

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

  • Be timely in getting reviews done (we love to get prompt feedback when we submit manuscripts as authors, so as reviewers we should endeavor to do the same).
  • Base your critiques/comments on items that will improve the internal and external validity of the manuscript. Do the study design, sample size, results, and analysis appropriately answer the study question? Is the result relevant to patient care?
  • Be specific in your critiques: the authors need to understand clearly what action to take to remediate your concern.

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

Backpacking and mountain climbing books, Andy Weir novels, The Boys of Summer, civil war history

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