About the Journal


As the official journal of the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Medical Association (SMA), the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) has for more than 100 years provided the latest clinical information in areas that affect patients' daily lives. Now delivered to individuals exclusively online, the SMJ has a multidisciplinary focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists in all relevant aspects of the profession, including medicine and medical subspecialties, surgery and surgery subspecialties, child and maternal health, mental health, emergency and disaster medicine, public health and environmental medicine, and bioethics and medical education. Each month, articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-the-minute information for both primary care physicians and specialists. Contributors include leaders in the healthcare field from across the country and around the world. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.

As an accredited provider of CME by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and in accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support, Southern Medical Association requires that all individuals in a position to affect the content of a CME activity disclose to the learners relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Further, any relationship determined to be a conflict of interest will be resolved prior to the activity. For Journal CME articles, author disclosures are published in the footer section of each article. The editor, editorial staff, reviewers and planners for Journal CME articles have no relevant financial relationships to disclose and no conflicts of interest to be resolved.

Publication & Editorial Staff Contacts

Elizabeth Durzy


Production Editor
Anita McCabe


Translation, Rights & Licensing
Silvia Serra

LWW Business Offices 
Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-521-8300

G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, D.Bioethics 
325 E Sonterra Blvd, Suite 210 
San Antonio, TX 78258
210-233-6549 (phone and fax)


Managing Editor
Jennifer Price, MA
Phone: 205-421-4185


Author/Submission Questions



Association Headquarters
Southern Medical Association
35 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Phone: 800-423-4992 or 205-945-1840
Member Services Fax: 205-945-1830
Education Fax: 205-945-1548

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by the authors and advertisers are their own and not necessarily those of the Southern Medical Association, the Publisher, the Editor, or the Editorial Staff. The Association, the Publisher, the Editor, and the Editorial Staff are not responsible for the authenticity of the opinions or statements made by the authors in communications submitted to the Journal for publication. The author or communicant shall be held entirely responsible. The Association, the Publisher, the Editor, and the Editorial Staff do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product, service, or claim made or advertised in this publication.