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Editorial Team
Stephen Smith, PA, MDE
— Vice President, Univadis Strategy
Steve Smith is a leader and pioneer in the eHealth space, having created the leading online products in physician information, education, and pharmaceutical promotion. He co-founded Medscape leading its product strategy from inception to becoming the #1 global physician portal, developed the edetailing products that took Medsite to the #1 provider of online pharmaceutical promotional services to physicians, and lead M3 (MDLinx, Smartest Doc) from startup to #1 specialty website and #2 US physician website. Steve's vision is to change the lives of patients by transforming how physicians interact with medical information and improve their clinical know-how. Steve is a physician assistant and earned his masters in distance education at the University of Maryland University College. His research focus is the power of the question to create higher-order learning.
Will Comerford
— Director, Univadis Content Strategy and Operations
Will has developed innovative medical communications across a wide variety of media over the past 12 years. He bridged communications between patients and professionals at the National Kidney Foundation, developed promotional programs at Medsite and WebMD, and created award-winning medical documentaries and scientific animations and CCG metamedia. He began working with Univadis in November 2014.
Robert Finn
— Managing Editor, Univadis Original Content
Trained as a neuroscientist, Bob has pursued a career as a science and medical writer and editor. He was a science writer for Caltech, a freelance, writing two books for patients and many articles for a variety of audiences. He spent 10 years as San Francisco Bureau Chief for the International Medical News Group, followed by 2 years as Medscape’s Assignment Editor, followed by 2 years as Executive editor of the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum. He joined Univadis in 2015.
Yael Waknine
— Assistant Editor, Oncology Editor, and Hepatitis Curator
Yael is a freelance medical writer and editor based in Atlanta, GA. She started writing professionally in her last year of pharmacy school, and has never looked back. Her clients over the last 16 years have included Medscape Medical News, Professional Television Network, Clinical Pain Advisor, MedicineNet, and PeerView Press. Yael specializes in offering a clear and concise approach to medical education.
Univadis Education
Owen MacDonald
— Senior Director, Content Services
Owen MacDonald has more than 15 years of experience in journalism and healthcare publishing, with a background in physician leadership, quality and safety, and healthcare compliance. Owen joined QuantiaMD in 2011 and currently leads the Content Services team in delivering an innovative digital content strategy and curating high-quality, independent clinical content in partnership with leading experts in medicine.
Tim McLean
— Senior Manager, Content Services
Tim has worked in educational publishing since 2001, including 6 years with the National Science Foundation. He joined QuantiaMD in 2008 and has published educational content in various clinical and nonclinical areas as the company has evolved. Tim develops content for oncology, psychiatry, and physician wellbeing.
Tom Condor
— Manager, Content Services
Tom’s journalism career began in 1987 and has covered many areas, including entertainment, community affairs, and print and web design. He transitioned to the medical field in 2013 when he became a Content Manager at QuantiaMD. Tom develops content for dermatology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and healthcare reform.
Andrea Kimbriel
— Manager, Content Services
Andrea Kimbriel has 10 years of experience in journalism and healthcare publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and was previously an award-winning reporter and newspaper editor. She has worked at QuantiaMD since 2013 and manages the topic areas of neurology, pain, women’s health, and patient experience.
Aviva Schwartz
— Manager, Content Services
Aviva Schwartz has more than eight years of experience in medical publishing and health writing/editing. She received her master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine. Aviva joined QuantiaMD in 2013 and oversees several clinical topic areas, including cardiology, pulmonology & critical care, rheumatology, and hospital medicine.
Alissa Scott
— Manager, Content Services
Alissa has more than four years of experience in healthcare publishing, with a background in education, writing, digital marketing, and graphic design. Since joining QuantiaMD in 2013, she has managed a wide array of clinical and nonclinical topics, currently focusing on endocrinology, infectious disease, sports medicine, and quality & safety.
Curators
Elisabeth Aron, MD, MPH, FACOG
— Pregnancy/childbirth and PCOS/endometriosis/menopause curator
Elisabeth is a practicing OB/GYN Hospitalist and a medical writer. She has authored a book, Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts, and contributed/consulted on numerous pregnancy related books, chapters, posters, apps, and articles. She obtained her MD from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed her OB/GYN residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Center. Elisabeth was in private practice in New York for three years until a move to Colorado resulted in a career shift where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology at Colorado State University and went on to be a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has since returned to clinical medicine and has completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health communication at the Colorado school of Public Health. Elisabeth currently lives in Colorado and hopes to combine her clinical experience with her interest in health communication.
Jenny Blair, MD
— Joint and Bone Curator
Jenny Blair is a writer and journalist who most often covers science and medicine. She earned her M.D. at Yale University, then completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. After several years in practice as a board-certified emergency physician, during part of which she taught young physicians in rural Indonesia with the NGO Health in Harmony, she transitioned to full-time writing. Jenny won two National Headliner Awards for her work with the Hartford Courant. She has also contributed to Discover, New Scientist, Washington Spectator, and Medtech Insight, among other publications.
Miriam Davis, PhD
— Breast Cancer, Pain, and Vaccine Curator
Dr. Davis is an award-winning medical writer with more than 23 years of experience. She has co-authored nearly 100 articles in the medical literature and edited countless others. Her consulting, co-authorship, solo writing or editing has landed her medical and scientific articles into top journals such as JAMA, Science, Pain, Neurology, Nature Drug Reviews, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, among others. She also writes feature articles about medical news for Medscape Medical News. She has served as the main writer for three US Surgeon General Reports and a report to the President. She holds MS and PhD degrees in neuroscience from Princeton University.
Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
— Dermatology, Thyroid, and Epilepsy/Seizure Curator
Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn is a health and science journalist based in New York City. She is the author of The Empty Room: Surviving Sibling Loss and the co-author of The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer is Winnable—and How We Can Get There. Her work has appeared in MedPage Today, The New York Times, Self, Psychology Today, Discover, and Aeon, among other places.
Jan Greene
— Professional Essentials Curator
Jan Greene is a longtime healthcare journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Health magazine, Hospitals and Health Networks, Modern Healthcare, Managed Care and Annals of Emergency Medicine, among others. She is based in the San Francisco Bay area and specializes in writing about the health care system for both industry insiders and consumers.
Craig Hicks
— Lipids, CAD, and Obesity Curator
Craig is a medical and science writer based in Frederick, Maryland. His work has appeared in publications from the Institute of Medicine, National Cancer Institute and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Trained as a journalist, he began his writing career producing television programs at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for patients and for continuing medical education.
Kate Johnson
— Pneumonia and Influenza Curator
Kate is a freelance medical journalist based in Montreal. She started her journalism career in general news - first radio and then TV - before launching into medical journalism in 1995. She served 4 years as the Montreal bureau chief for the International Medical News Group and also works as a writing and editing consultant in the field of academic medicine. Her work has been published by more than 40 clients, serving both the lay public and a clinician/researcher audience.
Jim Kling
— Mental Health Curator
Jim is a science and medical writer based in Bellingham, Washington. His work has appeared in Scientific American, The Washington Post, Science, Nature, and WebMD, among other publications.
Susan London
— Neurodegenerative and Neuromuscular Disease Curator
Susan is an award-winning independent medical writer based in Seattle. She has been covering developments in various field of medicine for more than 15 years, penning hundreds of articles on topics ranging from molecular pathways to global health. When she is not working, Susan enjoys digging the dirt in a community garden and volunteering with a support organization for cancer patients.
Cynthia McKelvey
— Dementia, Headache, and Patients Will Be Asking Curator
Cynthia is a freelance science writer based in Oakland, CA. In addition to writing for Univadis, she covers basic science, culture, and health for general audiences at the Daily Dot and Mic. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo and Scientific American MIND. Before she began her freelance career, she was a staff writer at the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum where she covered MS news for professionals. Cynthia is a graduate of the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and playing video games.
Roxanne Nelson, RN
— Lung Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Lipids, and CAD Curator
Roxanne is an award winning Seattle-based health and medical writer, and is also a registered nurse. While she has written on a wide range of medical related topics, including issues such as healthcare costs and access to care, oncology and infectious diseases are her areas of specific expertise. Her work has appeared in many publications, both print and online, and both for consumers and healthcare professionals.
Dawn O'Shea
— Genitourinary Cancer and Pulmonary Curator
Having studied medicine at Trinity College, Dawn completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Communications at Griffith College Dublin. She has served as News Editor of the Irish Medical Times, Deputy Editor of Medicine Weekly, Editor of the Medical Independent, and Managing Editor of MediLearning. She has also written for many national newspapers including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner and the Mail on Sunday, and has featured as an expert commentator on national radio and TV. She was awarded the 2014 ICS/GLCC Award for Excellence in Journalism in February 2014. She has provided clinical writing and media relations services to a host of pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, MSD and Boehringer Ingelheim, and has provided consultancy services to the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Liz Scherer
— Emerging Infectious Diseases Curator
Liz Scherer is a freelance health and medicine/science writer and content strategist based outside Washington DC. A former reporter for the UK-based MedWire News Service and Praxis.MD, and medical writer for Medscape and WebMD, Liz has covered a variety of topics/conditions both on- and offline for over 20 years. An early pioneer in the health 2.0 and mHealth movements, Liz also mentors health start-ups in her spare time.
David Reilly
— Hematological Cancer, Skin Cancer, and Lipid Curator
David’s medical writing career has spanned a wide range of categories and countries. He began by writing communications for medical devices in Japan. He then relocated to Philadelphia to study for his MSc in Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences before working there as an adjunct assistant professor. He currently lives in New York, where he is involved in analyzing clinical trials data across numerous disease states, with a key emphasis on emerging therapeutic classes in oncology.
Brian E. Richardson, PhD
— Head and Neck Cancer and Stroke Curator
Dr. Richardson is a professional science and medical writer with over 10 years of biomedical research experience. He obtained his PhD from the Weill Graduate School of Cornell University, performing collaborative research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Following his graduate work, Dr. Richardson completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at New York University before taking a position as a Senior Research Associate at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Richardson’s extensive research experience gives him broad knowledge in many areas of the life sciences, including genetics, oncology, and neurology. He has authored several research manuscripts and grants and has edited hundreds of scientific documents.
Kelli Whitlock Burton
— Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Imaging, Congenital Heart Disease, and Valvular Disease Curator
Kelli is a freelance science and medical writer based in Maine. She has covered topics ranging from basic biomedical science to clinical research in adult and pediatric patients, writing for Science, the Boston Globe, Oncology Times and Dana Press, to name a few. She spent 15 years as a science writer and editor at Ohio State University, Ohio University, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Research Institute. She also has served as a contributing editor for Science magazine and launched three nationally award-winning university science magazines.
Emily Willingham, PhD
— Hypertension, Arrhythmia, and Heart Failure Curator
Dr. Willingham is a science writer and editor and university instructor whose work has appeared online at the New York Times, Slate, Forbes, Discover, and NOVA, among others. She and co-author Tara Haelle expect their book, The Informed Parent, to be published in April 2016 by Perigee Books/Penguin, and she also is the author of The Complete IG to College Biology. Her writing focuses on health, especially mental health, neurobiology, and debunkery. She is the 2014 recipient of the John Maddox Prize for standing up for science, a joint initiative of Nature and the Kohn Foundation. Emily earned her bachelor's degree in English and her PhD in biological sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in urology at the University of California, San Francisco and spent some time on the tenure track, publishing 30-plus papers along the way in the field of sex determination and development.
 
 

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