Matushek named AVMA editor-in-chief

Published on September 01, 2009
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Dr. Kurt J. Matushek is the new AVMA editor-in-chief and director of the Publications Division.  

AVMA CEO W. Ron DeHaven announced Aug. 10 that Dr. Matushek was chosen to succeed the late Dr. Janis H. Audin as head of the Association's journals and division. Dr. Matushek had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since March of this year.

Dr. Kurt J. Matushek 

"As a former practitioner and board-certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. Matushek will ensure that we continue to bring the practitioners' perspective to JAVMA," Dr. DeHaven commented. "Combined with his years of service to AVMA as an associate editor, he will also make sure that both JAVMA and AJVR maintain their international reputation as the premier veterinary journals."  

"I have no doubt that Dr. Matushek will do a great job in providing leadership to an incredible group of professionals in our Publications Division," Dr. DeHaven added.

During his 16 years with the AVMA, Dr. Matushek has not only gained an extensive knowledge of AVMA journal policies and style, but also, he's helped develop and shape them.

"The AVMA journals are among the most prestigious and widely known veterinary journals in the world, and I look forward to building on that success."


Dr. Matushek joined the AVMA Publications staff as an assistant editor in 1992 and was promoted to associate editor five years later. Highlights of his AVMA tenure include developing and implementing the format for abstracts published in the JAVMA and AJVR and overseeing the writing of the original version of the AVMA style guide. 

Dr. Matushek wrote or revised many of the journals' documents, such as the copyright transfer form, statement of prior publication, procedures for manuscript publication, and portions of the instructions for authors. He led the search for an online manuscript tracking system for the journals and recently oversaw a major system upgrade. Dr. Matushek was also part of the team that developed the AVMA online journals Web site.

"Veterinary Medicine and the Law" and "Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Dental Practice" are two of the JAVMA features Dr. Matushek has been involved in developing over the years.

In addition to his editing responsibilities with the journals, Dr. Matushek has been a teller during the sessions of the AVMA House of Delegates, staff support to the Executive Board's Reference Committee B, and a co-editor for the AVMA convention newspapers.

"I am excited by this tremendous opportunity," Dr. Matushek said about his new role at the AVMA. "The AVMA journals are among the most prestigious and widely known veterinary journals in the world, and I look forward to building on that success."

After earning his DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1983, Dr. Matushek studied the use of external skeletal fixation in dogs at the Ontario Veterinary College, where he earned a master's degree in veterinary science.

Dr. Matushek then spent a year in general small animal practice near Chicago before returning to Ontario to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Afterward, he finished a small animal surgical residency in Madison, Wis., followed by a two-year stint as staff surgeon at a small animal practice in Michigan. During this time, Dr. Matushek was certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Matushek and his wife, Jean, a former veterinary technician, have regularly competed in agility trials with their dogs. And as an agility judge licensed by the American Kennel Club, Dr. Matushek has judged the 2002 AKC National Agility Championships along with several AKC World Agility Team Tryouts. 

The mission of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association is to promote the science and art of veterinary medicine and to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of ideas important to the profession.