Dr. Elaine Schattner is a trained oncologist, hematologist, medical educator and journalist who writes and speaks on medicine. Her views on health care are informed by her experiences as a patient with scoliosis since childhood and other conditions including breast cancer. She is a fierce advocate for patients’ rights and informed medical decisions.
After graduating from Yale College she earned a medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine in 1987. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and combined fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to 2006, she cared for patients on the oncology unit, directed the hematology clinic and served as an attending physician at the hospital’s outpatient breast cancer center. As a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, she ran an NIH-funded cancer immunology lab, authored scientific papers and lectured on lymphoma, cell signaling and death pathways. She taught medical students, residents and fellows in hematology (blood diseases), oncology (cancer) and internal medicine.
Now, she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she teaches part-time. She is now a Fellow-elect of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Distinguished Member Emeritus of the American Society of Hematology.
Elaine is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, Slate, the New York Times, Scientific American, Cure Magazine and the New York Observer. She has a column on the Huffington Post. Her work at Medical Lessons has been featured in the ACP Internist, the Prepared Patient Forum, the Health Care Blog, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Association of Health Care Journalists.
She’s a wife and mother who likes to read, cook, swim and travel.
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