Gary Schwitzer is publisher of the website HealthNewsReview.org, leading a team of about 50 people who grade daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations. In addition, in 2015 the project began reviewing health care-related news releases by industry, medical journals, hospitals and academic medical centers, and others.
In its first year, the project was honored with several journalism industry awards – the Mirror Award, honoring those who “hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit,” and the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism.
He has worked in various forms of health care journalism and health care communication over a career spanning more than 40 years.
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He is also an independent health care journalist who was previously editor-in-chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter for physicians and dietitians. He has written for numerous professional and consumer health publications including Consumer Reports on Health. He was formerly senior editor at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a medical publishing company, where he developed new print and online publications for health care professionals and managed a portfolio of medical publications and newsletters. Kevin received his BA from Loyola University in Maryland.
Dr. Steven J. Atlas is a practicing primary care physician and Director of the Practice-Based Research and Quality Improvement Network in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Atlas is a health services researcher with content expertise in spine disorders, cancer prevention, chronic disease management and population health. He has developed shared decision making programs for patients with spine conditions in his role as medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, now part of Healthwise.
Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. After completing her undergraduate education at Vassar College, she graduated with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Her surgical practice is limited to the care of patients with benign and malignant breast diseases. She is currently serving as President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Michael Bierer is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital where he has been on staff since 1988. He currently has an active primary-care clinic in internal medicine at the hospital, and is responsible for resident education related to the clinical management of drug and alcohol problems. He formerly ran the program for homeless patients at the hospital.
Robin Bisson is a British science communication professional. He set up and ran the Genetic Expert News Service (GENeS), a Washington D.C. based nonprofit project to make scientific expertise available to the news media and encourage accurate science journalism. Previously, he worked at the UK Science Media Centre from which GENeS took its model of facilitating scientists to engage with journalists, and which plays an important role in how science, health and environment issues are reported in the UK. Robin occasionally writes on how the media covers scientific issues, and has been a visiting scholar at the UC Davis World Food Center. He has an MA in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol.
Cristeta Boarini is the person who makes our podcasts sound so good. Her day job is as the editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet website. She got her degree from the University of Minnesota in journalism and cultural studies. In recent years, she has contributed to a wide variety of local media outlets in Minneapolis, including Radio K, KFAI and MinnPost. Her work in government and crime reporting has garnered top honors from the Minnesota Newspaper Association and the Inland Press Association. But the work she says she is most proud of is when she has been able to focus on hyper-local issues, brought to life by real stories from real people.
Carolina F. Branson has a PhD in communication from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in media studies and health. Her dissertation, “The discursive construction of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in women’s popular health media and medical journals,” explores how popular media and medical journals discuss CAM therapies in relation to risk. She is an Associate Editor at HealthNewsReview.org and an instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Dr. Campos-Outcalt is a Medical Director for Mercy Care Plan, a Medicaid Health plan in Arizona, serving 300,000 members. He is a member of the faculty of the University Of Arizona College Of Public Health and maintains the title of Professor in the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine.
Previously he was the Chair of the Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine, Phoenix and the Director of the MD/MPH dual degree program. He has been a scientific analyst for the American Academy of Family Physicians and served for 8 years as the AAFP liaison to the United States Preventive Services Task Force. He is a member of the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP) Working Group and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at theCDC.
Dr. Campos-Outcalt has been the Medical Director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Hehas served on the National Advisory Councils of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and the National Health Service Corps and in 2001-2002 was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
Karen Carlson is Director of Women’s Health Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of interest include hysterectomy and alternative treatments for nonmalignant gynecologic conditions, ovarian cancer screening, and communication issues in the doctor-patient relationship. She was the principal investigator of the Maine Women’s Health Study, a study of hysterectomy outcomes in the United States. She is co-editor of a medical textbook, Primary Care of Women, and a comprehensive book on women’s health, The Harvard Guide to Women’s Health.
Alan Cassels was responsible for Media Doctor Canada – a website project nearly identical to HealthNewsReview.org – which eventually was shelved for financial reasons. Cassels is a drug policy researcher with an interest in how clinical research and experience on pharmaceuticals gets translated for policy-makers, prescribers and consumers. He led a team of Canadian researchers to carry out the first ever study of Canadian newspaper coverage of new prescription drugs and has frequently reported on consumer drug issues for magazines, newspapers and the CBC Radio program Ideas. He is co-author, with Australian journalist Ray Moynihan of Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us All into Patients. He also wrote the books, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering and Seeking Sickness.
Harold J. DeMonaco is a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He formerly served as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, he holds a bachelors degree in pharmacy and a masters degree in therapeutics. He formerly served as the Director of the Innovation Support Center, the Director of Drug Therapy Management and the Director of Pharmacy as well as Chair of the Human Research Committee at the MGH. He has a keen interest in the innovation process in medicine and organizational behavior related to change. He is the author of two dozen articles and book chapters and routinely conducts manuscript reviews for medical journals. He formerly served as a core editor at Harvard Health Publications and a member of the editorial advisory board for Proto Magazine.
Dr. Clarissa Diamantidis is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Nephrology at Duke University School of Medicine. After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Diamantidis obtained a master of science and medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her internal medicine training at Duke University, and her nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, during which time she received her master of health science degree in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Diamantidis’ research interests include the use of mobile technologies to promote patient engagement in chronic disease, person-centered chronic kidney disease care, patient safety, and health disparities in kidney disease. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Network for Minority Research Investigators.
Dr. Dostal is a researcher and registered dietitian in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest include clinical nutrition, dietary interventions, and the gut microbiome as they relate to gastrointestinal conditions. She received her bachelor’s of science and her doctorate degrees in nutrition from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Food Science & Nutrition and also has an extensive background in epidemiology, having trained under the National Cancer Institute’s Nutrition and Cancer Pre-doctoral Training Grant. Prior to her current position she was the 2015 Sylvia Rowe Fellow for the International Food Information Council, a Washington, DC-based position awarded to an individual motivated to enhance their nutrition and food safety communication skills. She is a 2016-2017 American Society for Nutrition Science Policy Fellow and is this year’s postdoctoral representative for ASN’s Nutrition Translation Research Interest Section.
Sharon Dunwoody is Evjue-Bascom Professor, Emerita, in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served on the faculty for more than 30 years. She studies how people use messages to make judgments about science and environmental issues, as well as strategies to enhance the explanation of complex concepts and processes. She has written and co-edited a number of books, including Scientists and Journalists (Free Press, 1986) and Communicating Uncertainty (Erlbaum, 1999) as well as many book chapters and articles. She is a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her current research focuses on ways to communicate evidentiary claims to nonscientists.
Kathleen Fairfield is a clinician-scientist based at Maine Medical Center. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where she also completed a general medicine fellowship before joining the faculty. She completed her research training with Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard in 2000, in Nutrition and Epidemiology with a concentration in cancer epidemiology and a minor in biostatistics. Dr. Fairfield practices primary care internal medicine at Maine Medical Center and is a health services researcher at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Her research interests include ovarian cancer treatment, shared decision making, nutritional supplements, complementary therapies, and cancer screening. Dr. Fairfield teaches evidence-based medicine and research methods to medical residents and students. She started the Shared Decision Making Interest Group for the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is passionate about care of the underserved, and is a longstanding volunteer and Medical Director of the Portland Community Free Clinic.
Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he’s the founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute – dedicated to non-surgical inter-disciplinary weight management since 2004. Dr. Freedhoff sounds off daily on his award-winning blog, Weighty Matters, is a columnist for US News and World Report and the Globe and Mail, and you can follow him on Twitter. Dr. Freedhoff’s latest book, “The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work,” is a #1 national bestseller in Canada and is widely available across North America and online.
Dr. Ishani Ganguli attended Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, then trained in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is a primary care physician at the MGH Ambulatory Practice of the Future and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a fellow in health policy and management at the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, she leads patient engagement initiatives including a video-based education tool and patient-reported outcome measures at MGH. She is also a journalist who has written for The Boston Globe, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications, as well as a contributing editor at the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Her areas of interest include primary care innovation, patient-doctor communication, identifying and caring for high-risk patients, end of life care, and patient and provider decision-making.
A former investigative reporter for The Los Angeles Times, William Heisel is now the Director of Communications at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In addition, he works as a contributing editor for ReportingonHealth.org at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where he writes the blog Antidote. He has reported on health for most of his career and has worked at the Orange County Register and the Associated Press. He helped create a first-of-its-kind report card judging hospitals on an array of measures for a story that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was one of the lead reporters on a series of stories about lead in candy, work that also was a finalist for the Pulitzer. He graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in journalism and Spanish.
Suzanne Hicks was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2001 and Breast Cancer in 2003. Nationally she is an active member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Love/Avon Army of Women, and is a Consumer Reviewer for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program. In New York State she is a Voting Member of the New York State Health Research Science Board and locally she is a member of the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer and has started a small breast cancer peer study group. Suzanne has attended NBCC’s Project Lead Institute and Clinical Trials training. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College and closed her 30-year Psychotherapy Practice in 2005. Currently she devotes time to both Advocacy and Art, with a studio in Albany, NY.
Richard M. Hoffman, MD, MPH, is Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. He was previously a Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. He received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed an internal medicine residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon in 1987. In 1992, he completed an ambulatory care fellowship at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle and received an MPH from the University of Washington. His areas of research interest are prostate and colorectal cancer screening and prostate cancer treatment outcomes, with expertise in clinical epidemiology, health services research, and meta-analysis. He is a medical editor for prostate cancer topics for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and works with the Foundation to develop shared decision making tools for prostate cancer screening and treatment of localized prostate cancer.
For almost 35 years, Earle Holland was the senior science and medical communications officer at Ohio State University. As an assistant vice president for research communications there, he oversaw all communications involving areas of research risks, such as biosafety, radiation safety, research using lab animals or humans, fraud and misconduct in science and conflicts of interest. For more than two decades, he taught graduate courses in science writing and science communications and was a long-time columnist on science and medicine for both the Columbus (OH) Dispatch and the New York Times Syndicate. He has served on the board of both the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists, as well as several terms on the board of Americans for Medical Progress. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Former CNN Medical Correspondent Andrew Holtz is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of three books that compare TV depictions of health care to reality: “The Medical Science of House, M.D.” (2006), “The Real Grey’s Anatomy” (2010) and “House M.D. vs. Reality” (2011). Holtz wrote an award-winning series of columns on medicine in the media for Oncology Times. A series of videos he did on health news and understanding health research and health care are archived here. Holtz was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Health Care Journalists for more than a decade. He was board President from 2000-2004. He has a BA from Stanford and a Master’s in Public Health from Portland State.
Freelance journalist Mary Chris Jaklevic is a former staff writer for Modern Healthcare magazine, where she covered physician issues, finance, and governance. She served on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists, where she led its Right to Know Committee and edited Covering Obesity: A Guide for Reporters. She taught at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and was a reporter at several daily newspapers including The Fort Myers (FL) News-Press and The Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Sally James is a Seattle-based freelance writer who covers science and medicine. Her recent topics include: nanotechnology, the microbiome, citizen-science research and immunotherapy. She was president of the Northwest Science Writers Association, and is a volunteer moderator for the National Association of Science Writers. She won a fellowship to the National Library of Medicine from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She has worked for clients including the Group Health Research Institute, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington schools of nursing, engineering and computer science. She blogs at http://www.seattlesciencewriter.com.
Saurabh Jha, MBBS, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies the value of imaging, over utilization of diagnostic tests and the epistemology of overdiagnosis. He completed his medical degree from the University of London. Initially he trained in surgery. He moved to the United States for residency in radiology. He has a master’s degree in health policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He is widely published and a prolific blogger. He can be reached on Twitter @RogueRad.
Dr. Kutner is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is the Chief Medical Officer of University of Colorado Hospital. Following residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Kutner completed a National Research Service Award Primary Care Fellowship and a Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has established and co-directs the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), a palliative care clinical trials cooperative group. Dr. Kutner’s research focuses on improving care for persons with serious advanced illness. She has particularly emphasized studies related to symptom management, caregiver support, and medication use near the end of life. She is recipient of Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program and Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Awards, and research funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes on Aging, the National Institute for Nursing Research, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She developed and attends on the palliative care consultation service at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Paul E. Levin, MD, is a professor of clinical orthopaedics surgery and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, and a sub-specialist in orthopaedic traumatology and care of fractures. He practices non-operative orthopaedic surgery with a person-centered focus on the non-operative management of common musculoskeletal conditions and fractures. He received his medical degree from State University-New York Downstate Medical Center in 1980 and completed his orthopaedic residency at Montefiore in 1985. He subsequently completed a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of Texas in Houston and a second fellowship in fracture care at the Kantospital in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Levin recently earned a certificate in bioethics at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, and teaches classes in bioethics and a course in Patient, Doctors and Communities, both of which focus on collaboration among patients and professionals regarding health care delivery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and chairman of the AAOS Committee on Ethics.
Euna Lhee is a Dr. med. (MD/PhD) candidate at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, and a researcher at Center for Stroke Research Berlin. She is also a Fulbright Young Journalist and NPR Berlin contributor and was most recently a reporter covering science and business for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Ms. Lhee has also reported for NPR, Florida Public Broadcasting, The Baltimore Sun, Radio France Internationale, France 24 and The Botswana Gazette. She participated in the Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris double degree program in journalism and holds master’s degrees from both institutions.
While pursuing journalism, Ms. Lhee has worked as a freelance violinist in France, as an English teacher for the Ministry of Education in South Korea and as a biology instructor in Puerto Rico. She has also helped conduct medical or public health research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, the Botswana Harvard Partnership in Gaborone and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore.
Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review where she blogs about health care and retirement. She had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care and health care financing. She was also the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union. She has won many journalism awards, including two National Magazine Awards, 10 National Press Club Awards, five Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Awards, a John J. McCloy Fellowship to study health care in Germany, a Joan Shorenstein Fellowship from Harvard University to study media coverage of medical technology, an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Nebraska, and three Fulbright Fellowships. She is the author of five books including Slanting the Story the Forces That Shape the News and the Consumer Reports Guide to Health Services for Seniors, which was named by Library Journal as one of the best consumer health books for 2000. She has taught at the Graduate School of Journalism of City University of New York; the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University; Columbia University; Case Western Reserve University; SUNY New Paltz; and at the University of Nebraska. Lieberman served five years as the president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and fourteen years on the board of directors.
Dan Mayer, MD is Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine at the Albany Medical College and for the past 20 years was the course director of a four-year longitudinal required course, Evidence Based Health Care. As part of this course, he created an exercise on Medicine and the Media in which medical students evaluated the validity of media accounts of medical research papers. He is an associate editor for MedEdPORTAL and a peer reviewer for multiple medical journals. He was a practicing clinician in Family Medicine and then Emergency Medicine for over forty years. He is the author of Essential Evidence Based Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and has also written two textbooks on Emergency Medicine, Case Studies in Emergency Medicine (Little Brown, 1991 and 1996) and Case Studies in Emergency Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
A’ndrea Elyse Messer is the senior science and research information officer in Research Communications at Penn State University. She was also a science writer at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and worked at Bell Labs doing technical writing. In Israel, she edited 11 review journals in chemistry, book translations, and a children’s book. She writes about engineering, physical sciences, earth and mineral sciences, materials science, and anthropology. She has a BA in science & culture (chemistry) from Purdue University, an MS in journalism: science communication from Boston University, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Penn State. She is a AAAS Fellow and is currently on the board of the National Association of Science Writers.
Ann Neville Miller is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Central Florida, with a primary research focus in health communication. Dr. Miller has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and was recipient of a Fulbright scholar grant in 2015 to study communication about sexual health issues among adolescents in Uganda.
Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP is associate professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She practices full-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics, in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Dr. Mishori is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency, and holds a masters degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public. She is a full-time faculty member at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she leads the Department of Family Medicine’s Global Health initiatives, directs Georgetown University’s Practice-Based Research Network CAPCIROCN, as well as the Health and Media fellowship. Dr. Mishori works as a medical consultant for Physicians for Human Rights in their program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. A former radio and television journalist, she continues to report on health and medical issues for a variety of outlets. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Parade Magazine, the Daily News, The Huffington Post, among others. Her areas of interest include Primary Care and Prevention, Health and Human Rights, Refugee Health, Health Disparities, Global Health, Medical Education, Public Health and Health Communications.
Dr. Susan Molchan is a psychiatrist and nuclear medicine physician with extensive experience in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health. She has clinical practice experience in single payer system (Walter Reed Army Medical Center), as well as in private practice. She earned a masters degree in non-fiction/science writing and has published in several newspapers and newsletters. She has given Congressional testimony on conflicts-of-interest and integrity in clinical research. She is active on the FDA task force of the National Physicians Alliance, a group whose aims focus on evidence-based outcomes and value in health-care.
Dave Mosher is a science and technology correspondent at Business Insider. His journalistic work has appeared in Popular Science, WIRED, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Discover, Space.com, National Geographic News, Discovery.com, and other outlets. In his reporting adventures, Mosher has watched humans and robots launch into space, chronicled crazy home-built contraptions, toured defunct nuclear reactors, and donated his microbiome in the name of science.
Dr. Virginia A. Moyer is the Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality at the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Moyer is a former member (2002-2008) and chair (2011-2014) of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Moyer has extensive expertise in evidence-based medicine, education, health care quality, and patient safety. Dr. Moyer conducts proactive patient safety research, and was the first Chief Quality Officer for Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition, in her previous role as Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Texas-Houston, she co-directed the Master’s Degree program in Clinical Research that was a part of the K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Program. Dr. Moyer also serves as a liaison member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. As Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality she oversees the development and administration of the program that assures the public that pediatricians meet requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), an ongoing process of physician certification.
Christine Norton retired in 2005 after teaching high school English in Minnesota for nearly 40 years. After her breast cancer diagnosis in 1990, she began her volunteer work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). In 1991 Norton co-founded the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition, an all volunteer organization that focuses on education and advocacy. Norton is a 1995 graduate of NBCC’s Project LEAD, a program that trains advocates in the science of breast cancer, evidence-based medicine, and quality care. In addition to being on NBCC’s Board, Norton is also on the Steering Committee of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety and the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement’s High-Tech Diagnostic Imaging Steering Committee. Norton has been a peer reviewer for Avon’s Scientific Advisory Board; the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program; the National Cancer Institute; and the University of Minnesota.
James Rickert is a practicing orthopedic surgeon. He founded and is president of The Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, a group of orthopedists that advocates for, among other things, patient interests in our health care reform debate. He also serves on the clinical faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine and is a member of the National Physicians Alliance FDA task force. He’s published in medical and non-medical periodicals on health care reform.
Joann Ellison Rodgers, science journalist, author, editor, and communications consultant, was executive director of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s science communications, media relations and public affairs division, and currently is a part-time faculty scholar and strategic communications adviser at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and other affiliates of Johns Hopkins University. She joined Johns Hopkins in 1984 after nearly two decades as a reporter and columnist for the Hearst Newspapers and magazines. Her awards include a Lasker Award for medical journalism.
A graduate of Boston University (B.S.) and of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.), Rodgers is a current senior board member and past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing; past president of the National Association of Science Writers; and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The author of seven books, including Sex: A Natural History, (Henry Holt and Company, NY), and Psychosurgery: Damaging the Brain to Save the Mind (Harper Collins, NY), she has contributed articles on medical and scientific topics to the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, The Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, and other publications. She has covered science in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and Antarctica.
Dr. Alan Schroeder is the associate chief for research in the division of pediatric hospital medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and an associate clinical professor in the division of hospital medicine and the division of critical care. His research interests focus on identifying areas where we can “safely do less” in healthcare, and frequently lectures on this theme locally and nationally. Dr. Schroeder is currently involved in multiple projects involving common conditions in pediatrics such as head trauma, bronchiolitis, UTI, meningitis, and febrile infant management. He is a co-chair of the Lown RightCare Alliance Pediatric Council, co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Healthcare Value Special Interest Group, an editor of the Yearbook of Pediatrics and an assistant editor for the journal Hospital Pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder provides clinical care for children in the PICU and the pediatric ward and has won multiple teaching awards.
Matt Shipman is a public information officer at North Carolina State University and freelance science writer. Shipman writes the Communication Breakdown blog for Scilogs.com, hosted by Spektrum and Nature Publishing Group, and has been an invited speaker and moderator on science communication issues at national and regional conferences. He is the author of the Handbook for Science Public Information Officers (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Science Blogging (Yale University Press, 2015). Prior to becoming a PIO, Shipman worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., covering issues related to environmental policy and public health for Inside EPA, Water Policy Report and Risk Policy Report. He received his BA from the College of William and Mary.
Mandy Stahre is a young survivor of breast cancer diagnosed at age 31. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD and has served as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. In addition to her advocacy work, Stahre earned her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Her research work focused on describing and understanding consequences of binge drinking and associations with smoking cessation. She spent 10 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is a former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. She continues working in applied public health as Chronic Disease Epidemiology Supervisor at the Washington State Department of Health supervising staff focused on surveillance and evaluation of chronic diseases and health risk behaviors including smoking and marijuana use.
Kathlyn Stone has been a freelance health and science journalist specializing in neurology for more than a decade. She previously worked as the senior manager of media relations for the American Academy of Neurology and communications director for the Minnesota Trade Office, a state agency. Her articles have been published in Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Oncology News International, AuntMinnie.com, Pulmonary Reviews and more than a dozen others. She is an associate editor of HealthNewsReview.org.
Joy Victory is the deputy managing editor for HealthNewsReview.org. She has extensive experience in consumer health writing, editing and content management. She’s worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, About.com, WordPress.com, ABCNEWS.com. In her downtime, she serves as a patient advisor to the Preeclampsia Foundation, motivated by her own experience with the healthcare system.
Kim Walsh-Childers is a former newspaper health reporter who has taught at the University of Florida since August 1990. She teaches solutions journalism, mass communication theory and both graduate and undergraduate courses in mass media and health. Her research focuses on news coverage of health issues and mass media effects on individual health and health policy. Her work has been supported by grants from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense. Her research has been published in Health Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Communication Research, Pediatrics, AIDS Education and Prevention, the Journal of Adolescent Health Care and other journals. She recently authored a book (forthcoming) examining the impact of mass media on individual health and health policy. Walsh-Childers earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed her master’s degree in journalism and doctorate in mass communication research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Edward Ward is currently a hospitalist (exclusively cares for patients admitted to the hospital) in Minnesota. In the past he worked as an internal medicine primary care doctor, as an international volunteer in Africa, as a county public health advisor and as an emergency room physician. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School and of a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of North Carolina. In recent years he has become interested in the paucity of scientific evidence that underlies much of medical practice.
Thomas G. Watkins is a freelance reporter based in New York and Atlanta. Last year, he wrote and edited for the United Nations’ websites on Ebola and climate change. Before that, he served for more than a decade as a news editor on the CNN Wire, reporting, writing and editing stories for the network’s various platforms. He was hired by CNN in 1990 as a producer in the medical unit, where he coordinated the network’s AIDS coverage and produced “Healthweek.” He was a member of the CNN teams that won a Peabody, a DuPont and four News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
Watkins arrived at CNN after five years at Medical Tribune, a newspaper for doctors, where he rose from reporter to managing editor. In 1987, he was awarded a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism, which included 10 months at WGBH in Boston, where he produced and reported pieces for public radio and television. Watkins earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Journalism School and his undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University. He lived for a year in Spain, where he gained the fluency that has enabled him to report from Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. He is a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Association and of the Atlanta Press Club.
Susan Wei is currently a mathematics postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a B.A. in mathematics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in statistics from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2016, she will be joining the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor. Her main research interest is in developing novel machine learning tools for challenges in personalized medicine.
Daniel Ackert, MPH
David Arterburn, MD, MPH
Molly Beinfeld, MPH
Julie Beauregard, MLIS
L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH
O. Kenrik Duru, MD
Bridgett Erickson, MA
Catherine Finn, MSW
Floyd J. (Jack) Fowler, PhD
Ralph Gonzales, MD
Katherine Hartmann, MD, MPH
Rebecca Horton, MPH
Rebecca Jungbauer, MA, MPH
Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS
Christopher Kim, MPH
Amy Snow Landa, MA
Ruth Lipman, PhD
Carol Mangione, MD, MPH
Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD
Lyn Paget, MPH
Michael Pignone, MD, MPH
Karen Sepucha, PhD
Diana Stilwell, MPH
Amanda Swanson, MPH
Carol E. Torgan, PhD, FACSM
John W. Williams, Jr., MD
John Wong, MD
Apologies if we’ve forgotten anyone. As you can see from the past and present contributors, many have helped build and maintain this project.