James C. Robinson, Ph.D., who became editor-in-chief of Health Affairs last September, has decided to return to the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professorship of Health Economics in the School of Public Health.

Robinson will step down as Health Affairs editor on July 1, 2008. The journal’s founding editor, John K. Iglehart, will lead a national search for a replacement and serve as interim editor should a new editor-in-chief not be identified before Robinson’s departure.

“I have tremendous respect and affection for Health Affairs, and I will continue to contribute my research and my work to the journal,” said Robinson. “However, at the end of the day, I found that I missed teaching and research more than I anticipated. I considered trying to combine editing Health Affairs with serving as a professor at Berkeley, but the journal needs and deserves someone able to give it 100 percent of their time as editor.”

During his time at the helm of Health Affairs, published by Project HOPE, Robinson has combined the intellectual rigor of an economist with strong journalistic instincts to build on the strengths of the journal. Iglehart, who led Health Affairs through its first quarter-century, recruited Robinson to succeed him because of the combination of strengths Robinson had demonstrated as a long-time contributing editor to the journal. Over the course of the past decade, Health Affairs has published thirty-three papers by Robinson on a wide range of subjects, making him one of the journal’s ten most published authors. Robinson will continue as a Health Affairs contributing editor after he returns to Berkeley.

Project HOPE, publisher of Health Affairs, is an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization that operates programs in 36 countries, including India, China, the independent countries of the former Soviet Union, and other nations in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, appears bimonthly in print with additional online papers published weekly as Health Affairs Web Exclusives and additional commentary on the Health Affairs Blog.

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