Gary Schwitzer is publisher of the website HealthNewsReview.org, leading a team of more than two dozen people who grade daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations.
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.
David Arterburn is Assistant Investigator at the Center for HealthStudies at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Arterburn received his MD from the University of Kentucky in 1997 and completed his Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2001. In 2003, he completed a Health Services Research and Development Fellowship at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle and received his MPH in Health Services at the University of Washington. Dr. Arterburn’s work has focused on the area of obesity health services research, with expertise in the clinical effectiveness of obesity interventions and systematic reviews. He has recently published articles on the cost of obesity, obesity pharmacotherapy, bariatric surgery, health-related quality of life assessment, and the health outcomes of obesity in the elderly. He also currently serves as a medical editor for the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, and is working with the Foundation to develop shared decision making tools in the area of weight management.
Steven J. Atlas is an Associate Physician in General Medicine and Associate Director of primary care quality improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on improving the quality of care for patients with low back disorders and respiratory infections. He is a National Institutes of Health funded investigator studying work-related low back pain and ways to improve patient care by better linking patients and doctors. For patients with sinus infections, he developed a survey instrument to measure the severity of symptoms and their impact.
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.
L. Ebony Boulware is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Boulware’s major research interests include chronic kidney disease epidemiology and prevention, eliminating racial disparities in access to appropriate care for persons with chronic kidney disease, and identifying barriers to the delivery of appropriate care for persons with chronic kidney disease.
Her current research activities focus on identifying patient and physician barriers to the receipt of guideline concordant care for patients with chronic kidney disease, identifying patient, physician, and population factors affecting the receipt of kidney transplantation, and race and gender differences in attitudes toward organ donation. Additional activities include investigating the relation of quality of life indices to outcomes in chronic kidney disease and work identifying the contribution of patient behavior to the progression and treatment of chronic disease
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.
Harold J. DeMonaco is the Director of the Innovation Support Center 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 a 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 Publication and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Proto Magazine and Biologic Therapies in Psychiatry.
O. Kenrik Duru is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine/Health Services Research at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Duru’s major research interests include physical activity promotion for older adults and improving medication adherence among patients with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions. He is currently involved in studying the effects and outcomes of the Diabetes Health Plan, a condition-specific health plan that discounts copayments for physician visits and evidence-based medications for selected patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Dr. Duru is also developing an intervention to assist interested older adults with signing up for mail-order pharmacies to reduce the cost of their medications. Additional activities include disseminating a successful faith-based physical activity intervention for women over 60, and studying the impact of Medicare Part D on the health of older adults.
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.
Ralph Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Medicine; Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco; and serves as Associate Director of the UCSF Roadmap K12 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program and Co-Director of the UCSF School of Medicine Epidemiology/Evidence Based Medicine course for medical students. Dr. Gonzales conducts research on design and implementation of multidimensional intervention strategies to improve the management of acute respiratory tract infections in adults, particularly with regard to reducing overuse of antibiotics. He also edits the annually updated book Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care (McGraw-Hill/Lange).
Katherine E. Hartmann, MD, PhD is Deputy Director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she also serves as Director of Women’s Health Research at Vanderbilt, and Vice Chair of Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hartmann is a reproductive and health care epidemiologist who received her medical training as well as a master’s degree in science writing at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed residency, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship, and doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Hartmann’s research spans topics from subclinical hypothyroidism and cardiovascular disease, to risk factors for miscarriage and preterm birth. Her methodological interests include evaluation of diagnostic tests; measuring how patients and physicians use data for decision-making; and large scale clinical-translational studies of etiology and natural history of disease.
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, a general internist, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. He also serves as Interim Director for Cancer Prevention at the University of New Mexico Cancer 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 Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making and works with the Foundation to develop shared decision making tools for prostate cancer screening and treatment of localized prostate cancer.
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.
Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS graduated from Princeton University in 1980, attended Yale Medical School, and completed a medical internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a Master’s Degree in 1990 at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Katz is currently Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at HSPH.
Dr. Katz has focused his research on the evaluation and outcomes of musculoskeletal disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis and lower extremity joint replacement. Dr. Katz is Director of the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Principal Investigator of the Brigham Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (an NIH P60 Center), the MeTeOR Trial (a five center RCT of the efficacy of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy) and a NIAMS funded T32 clinical research training program.
He is Deputy Editor for Methodology of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Deputy Editor of Spine. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace.
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 Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine. 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 directs the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN) a research network of organizations that provide hospice/palliative care and is co-Director of the newly formed 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 and to caregiver support. 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 and the National Institute for Nursing Research. She developed and attends on the palliative care consultation service at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Euna Lhee is a reporter based in Berlin, Germany, and a Fulbright Young Journalist. She is a contributor to NPR Berlin and is investigating the 2011 measles outbreaks as a visiting researcher at the Robert Koch Institute, the German federal institution responsible for disease control and prevention. In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, she has been a recipient of multiple fellowships and awards, including the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Jacque Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship, Florida Public Health Association’s “Outstanding Reporter Award,” UNITY Global Reporting Fellowship for Young Journalists, First Place in the “Mobile Journalist” category in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award Contest, and the Waksman Fellowship, which is given to a biomedical science journalist who shows the most promise.
Ms. Lhee has worked as a reporter for Florida Public Radio, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Radio France Internationale, France 24 and The Baltimore Sun. While pursuing journalism, Ms. Lhee has also worked as a researcher in a breast cancer vaccine lab at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, as a freelance violinist in France, as a civil servant for the Ministry of Education in South Korea and as an international aid and development worker in Botswana.
Kevin Lomangino is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He also advises medical societies on the development of their publishing programs as an associate with the consulting firm Kaufman-Wills Group LLC. 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.
Carol M. Mangione is a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also a consultant in the RAND Health Program, and Director of the NIA-funded UCLA/Drew Resource Center for Minority Aging Research/Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly. Additionally she is a practicing general internist in the UCLA Medical Group’s Internal Medicine Suites where she sees patients and teaches medical residents. Dr. Mangione received her BS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and her MSPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. She is Co-director of the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and member of the National Diabetes Quality Improvement Alliance Technical Expert Panel.
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.
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.
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 Digest—a monthly publication that reported on and promoted evidence-based sports medicine. He previously worked as an acquisitions editor at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins—and 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.
Mandy Stahre earned her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. She is a young survivor of breast cancer having been 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 has been a fellow and contractor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Alcohol Team and an intern at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health. Her research work has focused on describing the prevalence and consequences of binge drinking and more recently, focused on the role menthol cigarettes play in quitting smoking. Her doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between smoking and binge drinking and understanding how smoking interventions affect alcohol use. She asks that we post this disclaimer: “the views expressed in any of the articles she works on do not necessarily represent the views of CDC or the United States Government.”
Carol E. Torgan, PhD is a health scientist and consultant based in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Torgan received her PhD in Kinesiology from The University of Texas and was a Research Associate and Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine. While a Research Fellow at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), she transitioned into health communication. Dr. Torgan served as senior content director for Revolution Health and currently consults for a number of agencies on science communication and outreach. Dr. Torgan’s research focus is the adaptability of skeletal muscle, spanning from human performance to cellular biology. Her interests include sports medicine, exercise physiology, and the role of technology in preventive medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
John W. Williams Jr. is Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Duke University. He is co-Director for the MacArthur Initiative on Depression in Primary Care, Scientific Editor of the NC Medical Journal and a faculty member in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC. His research on the clinical examination, depression recognition, and methods to implement effective care models for depression have been published in major medical journals such as JAMA, BMJ and Annals of Internal Medicine. Current projects focus on the dissemination of successful care models for depression, measuring depression quality of care, improving the incorporation of evidence into clinical guidelines, and evaluating screening strategies for cognitive impairment. Dr. Williams received a Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an Advanced Career Development Award from the VA Health Services Research Program. Dr. Williams is board certified in Internal Medicine and active in clinical practice and resident physician education.
John Wong is Chief of the Division of Clinical Decision Making, Informatics and Telemedicine in the Department of Medicine at the Tufts-New England Medical Center Hospitals and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wong received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the Tufts-New England Medical Center, and Tufts University School of Medicine; where he received a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics fellowship in Clinical Decision Making. His research has examined public health policy and individual medical management issues using decision analysis to help patients, physicians and policy makers choose among alternative tests, treatments or policies.
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