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Molter to Head Duke University Medical Center News Office

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DURHAM, N.C. - Jeffrey L. Molter, director of the science news office of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago for the past 10 years, has been named director of the Duke University Medical Center News Office.

Molter, 43, who begins his duties May 15, was selected after a national search following the resignation of Nancy Jensen, who took a corporate position. His appointment was announced by Vicki Saito, Duke associate vice chancellor for health affairs, communications.

In his position at Duke, Molter will direct the media relations and news efforts of the Duke University Medical Center, Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine and all the related medical and scientific research endeavors.

"We are fortunate to have recruited Jeff," Saito said. "He has a proven track record in managing an effective and highly regarded news operation for a large, complex organization, and he is well known nationally."

While at the AMA, Molter oversaw the promotion of The Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as 10 other specialty journals published by the AMA. These efforts included weekly video news releases, AMA Radio News, an annual science reporter's conference and other one-day media briefings and conferences for science and medical reporters.

"I am excited to be joining the Duke University Health System team," Molter said. "I look forward to helping further the cause of one of the finest medical institutions in the country by enhancing its news operations through a variety of methods."

Before his time at the AMA, Molter served seven years at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., the last four as director of communications. Prior to that, he served as director of publications at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1979, Molter has won several awards, including sharing a 1988 National Magazine Award for Personal Services Journalism with Good Housekeeping magazine for a child health editorial insert.

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