An old saying my mother was fond of using suggests that for every door closed, a new one is opened. However optimistic that may be for doors, it is certainly true of years, with each end bringing an inevitable, and usually welcome, beginning. That welcome is especially true for many of us at JNCCN this year, and as we celebrate the new year, we cannot help but be mindful of important losses in 2007.After Christopher Desch, NCCN Medical Director and new co-Editor-in-Chief of JNCCN, died unexpectedly in late 2006, founding Editor-in-Chief Rodger Winn memorialized him in the January 2007 editorial as a good friend and a good man. He wrote of Dr. Desch's insight, compassion, and many accomplishments. He also wrote of his overriding zeal for improving patient care, a zeal that anyone who knew Dr. Winn recognized as a trait they shared.So the oncology community lost another good and dedicated man in April 2007, when Dr. Winn died of esophageal cancer. In addition to a brilliant colleague, great physician, and loving family man, Dr. Winn was the “Father of the NCCN Guidelines” and critically important to shaping both NCCN and JNCCN into the influential resources that they have become.Yet it is impossible to remember the losses of 2007 without also feeling a rush of gratitude for the opportunity to have known and worked with these remarkable men and for the many other generous colleagues who have stepped forward to keep the journal not just going but...
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Kimberly Callan, MS, ELS, is Director of NCCN Publications and Managing Editor of JNCCN. In this role, she oversees day-to-day operations of JNCCN, NCCN Task Force Supplements, and other supplements. She works with the editor-in-chief, associate editors, editorial board members, and other consultants to set editorial policy and ensure that this policy follows the journal mission. An experienced medical editor, Ms. Callan supervises the peer review process for the journal and serves as liaison with the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology staff and publishing and printing personnel.