Reviewer of the Month (2023)

Posted On 2023-09-15 18:47:07

In 2023, TLCR reviewers continue to make outstanding contributions to the peer review process. They demonstrated professional effort and enthusiasm in their reviews and provided comments that genuinely help the authors to enhance their work.

Hereby, we would like to highlight some of our outstanding reviewers, with a brief interview of their thoughts and insights as a reviewer. Allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for their tremendous effort and valuable contributions to the scientific process.


July, 2023
Mohamed Rahouma, Weill Cornell Medical College USA


July, 2023

Mohamed Rahouma

Dr. Mohamed Rahouma serves as an Assistant Professor at Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Department, Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, New York, USA. He has been working at Surgical Oncology Department, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cairo University, Egypt. His research interests are CTS especially esophageal cancer, lung cancer and mesothelioma in addition to coronary artery bypass graft, radial artery harvest and cardiac tumors, minimally invasive surgery in general and statistics especially meta-analysis randomized clinical trials and large databases analysis. Dr. Rahouma published over 250 articles, and he is an editor of 8 journals (especially deputy statistical editor in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Associate Editor in Frontier in Oncology and Associate Editor in BMC Cardiovascular disorders in addition to Vessel Plus) and reviewers of more than 20 journals with particular interest in minimally invasive CTS. He is also interested in immunotherapy, and conducting meta-analyses in different CTS and oncology fields.

In Dr. Rahouma’s opinion, reviewers should be clear-minded and well-versed in the specific fields. It is vital to concentrate on reviewing the manuscript and give some constructive suggestions for it, rather than blind acceptance or rejection. He thinks that the reviewing process is time consuming, however, it enriches reviewers with up-to-date ongoing research and keep her/him aware of recent references in the field.

In addition, Dr. Rahouma points out that Conflict of Interest (COI) could be highly influential to the decision during reviewing and editing a manuscript. Therefore, it is important to declare if there is any COI and be transparent in conveying such information.

Speaking of the reason he chooses to review for TLCR, Dr. Rahouma expresses sincerely, “TLCR is a prestigious and highly reputable journal that I respect.”

(By Lareina Lim, Brad Li)