Gary Schwitzer is publisher of the website HealthNewsReview.org, leading a team of more than three dozen people who grade daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations. And soon, the project will review 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.
His blog which is embedded within HealthNewsReview.org was voted 2009 Best Medical Blog in competition hosted by Medgadget.com.
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He is also an independent medical 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.
Danny Ackert is currently a MPH candidate studying Administration and Policy at the University of Minnesotas School of Public Health. His educational focus is on health policy and the legislative process. Dannys research and career interests are centered on the development of policies that work to create strong primary care networks that efficiently allocate medical resources. He is currently a member of Hot Spotters, a student-driven project among Minnesotas health-professional schools that seeks to understand and address the needs of high-utilizing patients. Danny is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI where he studied biology, philosophy and economics.
David Arterburn’s main research focus is on finding safe, effective, and innovative ways to treat obesity. He is a general internist and health services researcher with a passionate commitment to helping individuals and families make treatment decisions that align with their values while sustaining their health over the long haul.
A national leader in obesity research, Dr. Arterburn joined Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) in 2006 to forge a new program of research spanning behavioral, pharmaceutical, and bariatric surgical care. Before joining GHRI, he published important findings on the epidemic nature and rising cost of obesity in the United States. Because tackling the obesity crisis requires a menu of treatment options, Dr. Arterburn’s current research covers a broad range, including policy-level interventions for health plans, pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, and shared decision making related to elective surgery. With the support of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, for which he serves as a medical editor, he has collaborated with Group Health’s specialty leadership to implement and evaluate a new initiative to promote shared decision making around elective surgical care with video-based patient decision aids. The approach shows great promise for simultaneously improving the quality and lowering the costs of health care.
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.
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 Worlds Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us All into Patients. He also wrote the books, The ABCs of Disease Mongering and Seeking Sickness.
Harold J. DeMonaco is 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 is a member of the editorial advisory board for Proto Magazine.
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 NBCCs 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 Greys 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 Masters in Public Health from Portland State.
Rebecca (Becky) Horton is a public health administration and policy student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from Indiana University and has lived abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research has included employer sponsored health insurance, medical device regulation, quality reporting, and European health policy. After graduation she hopes to continue her work in health policy, specifically in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Christopher J. Kim is an Environmental Health MPH Candidate at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He is the current President of the School of Public Health Student Senate and the Vice President of Programming for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. His research experience and interests include infectious disease and the changing role of healthcare in a modern age. He obtained a BS in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota and plans to pursue a career in either medicine or law, while focusing on the improvement of current healthcare systems and practices.
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. Kutners 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.
Euna Lhee is a reporter for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and a Dr. med. (MD/PhD) candidate at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. She is also a contributor for NPR Berlin and a Fulbright Young Journalist. Apart from Deutsche Welle, Ms. Lhee has 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).
Mary McNaughton-Collins is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and has a clinical practice at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has funding from the NIH to conduct research in prostate diseases. Dr. McNaughton-Collins received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Holy Cross in 1987 and a medical degree from Dartmouth/Brown in 1991. She completed a medical residency at Boston University, followed by a fellowship in general medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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 childrens 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.
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 deputy editor at Business Insider, where he’s helping launch a new general-audience site focused on science, technology, innovation, and culture. He is a journalist with a biology degree whose 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.
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.
Michael P. Pignone is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care. He received his medical degree and residency training in primary care internal medicine from the University of California- San Francisco. He then completed fellowship training in clinical epidemiology and health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UNC. Dr. Pignone’s research is focused on chronic disease prevention and physician – patient communication about risk in primary care settings. His main areas of interest include heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and disease management for common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, depression, heart failure, and chronic pain.
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 Medicines 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.
Mark Schoene is a writer specializing in spinal medicine, sports medicine, and related behavioral and psychological issues. He is the editor of The BackLetter, an international newsletter on spine research and evidence-based back care. He is an editorial board member and consumer representative for the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group. He was formerly editor of Sports Medicine Digesta monthly publication that reported on and promoted evidence-based sports medicine. He previously worked as an acquisitions editor at Lippincott Williams & Wilkinsand was editorial director of its newsletter group. He has also served as a food and wine writer, a music critic, and a taxi driver. He attended the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.
Karen R. Sepucha is a Senior Scientist with the Health Decision Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests focus on extending and refining normative and behavioral decision making theories and their applications to medical decision making. Dr. Sepucha has published several articles evaluating decision support interventions and describing a conceptual framework for promoting measurable improvements in decision quality. Her most recent work is focused on developing and evaluating decision quality measures that can be used to compare decision quality across populations of patients.
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 Coalitions 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.
Amanda Swanson is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health pursuing her M.P.H. in Epidemiology. She is also a student worker at the Minnesota Department of Health doing Influenza surveillance. She has an interest in clinical trials and vaccine preventable diseases. She formerly attended St. Cloud State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health.
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 networks various platforms. He was hired by CNN in 1990 as a producer in the medical unit, where he coordinated the networks 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 masters 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.
Dr. Michael Wilkes is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He recently stepped down as Vice Dean at the School of Medical and is now serving as the Director of Global Health. For most of Michaels career as a doctor he lived and worked in Los Angeles. At UCLA he was a founder of UCLAs innovative Doctoring Curriculum which now serves as a model for UC Davis School of Medicine and many other medical schools domestically and internationally. He is also an active education and health services researcher working in the area of medical education, technology assisted learning, clinical genetics, doctor-patient communication and conflicts of interest in medicine. His research deals with changing practice behaviors around the doctor-patient relationship and decision-making. Michael is trained in internal medicine and has had additional training in adolescent medicine and public health.
Molly Beinfeld, MPH
L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH
O. Kenrik Duru, MD
Catherine Finn, MSW
Ralph Gonzales, MD
Katherine Hartmann, MD, MPH
Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS
Ruth Lipman, PhD
Carol Mangione, MD, MPH
Diana Stilwell, MPH
Carol E. Torgan, PhD, FACSM
John W. Williams, Jr., MD
John Wong, MD