Twenty years' experience in freelance writing about health and medicine for the public and for doctors. I have written more than a thousand magazine articles, chapters for several books, and a book for the public on the epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis with an international expert. Previously I was editorial director of a medical communications firm and held senior positions in medical publishing. I started as a newspaper reporter.
Freelance Writer and Editor, Project Manager
I translate medical information from specialists to general physicians and from physicians to the public. I also manage large information projects in the medical field.
For the public:
I created "The Best Doctors in New York" for New York magazine and "The Best Doctors in America" for American Health. For both of these projects I designed a questionnaire to gather information, interviewed leading physicians, managed a staff of researchers and computer experts, and worked with editors and art directors to prepare the projects for publication. I appeared on national and local television (Good Morning America, Good Day New York, etc.) to promote the articles.
I was a Contributing Editor at New York and American Health for many years.
My articles have also appeared in Parade, Reader's Digest, Child, Redbook, Family Circle, GQ, Mademoiselle, Woman's Day, Vogue, Associated Press Newsfeatures, The Times (London), the leading daily newspaper NRC (Holland), and other publications.
For professional audiences:
As New York correspondent for the BMJ (British Medical Journal), I report medical and medical/political news from the United States and also review museum exhibitions and plays, books, and television programs of interest to doctors.
For the Carnegie Corporation Reporter, I wrote a cover story on the threat of bioterrorism and US efforts to protect against attacks.
For the Howard Hughes Medical Insitution Bulletin, I profiled a leading scientist who is working on a new approach to harvesting stem cells. I have written for Physician's Weekly, World Medicine (UK), and Medical World News, where I was a Contributing Editor.
I began as a newspaper reporter, freelanced in Europe for British and American publications, and held executive editorial positions in medical publishing and medical education companies in the US, including Executive Editor of Drug Therapy.
Books and Book Chapters
Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (McGraw-Hill, 2001, 2002). Co-authored with Dr. Lee Reichman, an international TB authority and past president of the American Lung Association. The New York Times praised the book in an editorial, calling it "a chilling account of...the global resurgence of this disease. The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine said we conveyed the threat "in compelling detail" and Nature Medicine said, "better material than most science fiction...clear and riveting."
Writing Science for Popular Magazines, chapter in A Field Guide for Science Writers, The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers (Oxford University Press, 2002). I also wrote the chapter on the same topic for the first edition of this book, published in 1997.
Three trade paperback books for a corporate health education project on drug abuse, alcoholism, and nutrition.
Speaking and Public Appearances
I appeared on "Good Morning America" and other TV programs to promote my articles. I organized and chaired panels at the annual writers conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. At the New York Academy of Sciences, I spoke on panels about communicating science to the public.
I have won 11 awards for excellence in medical journalism from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Health Care Public Relations Society of New York, the Academy of Emergency Physicians, and others.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Writers Association, Authors Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors (past president), Association of Health Care Journalists, New York Academy of Sciences, National Association of Science Writers, Newswomen's Club of New York.
BA, magna cum laude, in journalism, English, and French from Long Island University.