Ask the Associate Editor: James Douketis
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Ask the Associated Editor is a monthly series of short question and answer sessions with Associate Editors of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH). This month we feature James Douketis (Canada), a JTH Associate Editor since 2013. Read more about Douketis below:
ISTH: Where are you from?
JD: I was born in Toronto, Canada.
ISTH: Where do you work? What is your job title and expertise?
JD: I work at St. Joseph’s Hospital and McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
ISTH: What is your biggest challenge in your work?
JD: Keeping up to date in my general internal medicine practice.
ISTH: What do you see as your biggest triumph in your work?
JD: Helping to develop clinical trials and clinical practice guidelines in the field of perioperative antithrombotic management.
ISTH: What has guided your career choices?
JD: Need to remain broad-based, hence general internal medicine combined with vascular medicine, and to see things from a clinician’s perspective.
ISTH: Who is/was the most influential person in your life and why?
JD: My brother, now deceased, who imparted in me the importance of integrity and humility.
ISTH: What advice would you give to someone just beginning their career?
JD: Think outside the box, keep your options open, and remain patient for opportunities as they may arise.
ISTH: When did you become an Associate Editor of the JTH and why?
JD: In 2013. I enjoy the opportunity to learn and share my knowledge about how to critique and improve scientific work; this also helps me in my personal scholarly activities.
ISTH: What has surprised you about being an Associate Editor for the JTH?
JD: Not much, though I find the process much easier than I thought it would be.
ISTH: What is the most interesting/exciting article that you’ve seen in the JTH recently?
JD: Very compelling article on the global burden of thrombosis for World Thrombosis Day.
ISTH: How has membership in the ISTH helped your career?
JD: Membership has provided many learning opportunities and has opened doors for scholarly activities and collaborations through the Scientific Subcommittees.
ISTH: What was your first Congress like?
JD: My first ISTH Congress was Jerusalem in 1995. It was eye-opening on many fronts.
ISTH: Describe yourself in three words or less.
JD: I aim to espouse: integrity, industry, humility.
ISTH: What do you like to do with your free time?
JD: I am an amateur cellist and play in various orchestras and do weddings and other ‘gigs’. I also enjoy playing on my ice hockey team (year-round!) and tennis (summer only).
ISTH: In a different life, what would your profession be?
JD: Professional cellist.
ISTH: Do you have any personal mottos or sayings that you live by?
JD: Cannot think of a motto or saying but perhaps, "Find your identity and remain true to it no matter what."
ISTH: Please share any other personal story about JTH or ISTH that others may find interesting.
JD: Through ISTH, I have gained many friends and have most enjoyed the collaborative activities I’ve had the privilege to lead and/or be involved with.