Fiona Godlee (born August 4, 1961) has been editor in chief of The BMJ since 2005; she is the first female editor appointed in the journal's history.[1] She is also editorial director.

Fiona Godlee
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Born (1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 58)
NationalityBritish and American
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Scientific career
InstitutionsRoyal College of Physicians


Educated at Bedales and Marlborough College, she qualified as a doctor in 1985 at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, having studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, then trained as a general physician in London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.[1] Since 1990 she has written on a broad range of issues for BMJ, including the impact of environmental degradation on health, the future of the World Health Organization, the ethics of academic publication, and the problems of editorial peer review.[1]

In 1994, she spent a year at Harvard University as a Harkness Fellow evaluating efforts to bridge the gap between medical research and practice. On returning to the UK, she led the development of BMJ Clinical Evidence, which evaluates the best available evidence on the benefits and harms of treatments.[2] In 2000, she moved to Current Science Group to help establish the open access online publisher BioMed Central as Editorial Director for Medicine.[3] In 2003, she returned to the BMJ Group to head up its new Knowledge division. She has served as President of the World Association of Medical Editors (from January 2000 to December 2001)[4] and Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (from 2004 on)[5][6] and is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.From 2003 to 2005 she was head of BMJ Knowledge. She was editorial director, BioMed Central, Current Science Group

Godlee is a director and member of the board of BMJ, a founder and board member of the Climate and Health Council and on the executive committee for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. Her paternal grandmother was born Barbara Lodge, youngest of the six daughters of the physicist Sir Oliver Lodge. On her paternal grandfather's side, she is a great great great grand daughter of Joseph Jackson Lister, pioneer of the compound microscope and father of Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Godlee is made BMJ's first woman editor". Press Gazette. 11 February 2005. Archived from the original on September 2, 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b BMJ Fiona Godlee
  3. ^ "Beware a conflict of interest". The Scientist. 23 August 2001. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. ^ "WAME History". World Association of Medical Editors. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  5. ^ "History of COPE". Committee on Publication Ethics. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ de Bono, Stephanie (7 September 2005). "Is the spirit of Piltdown man alive and well?". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Fiona Godlee". The Lancet. 365 (9464): 1023. 19 March 2005. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)71125-9.

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