About the Author
Dr. Elaine Schattner is a physician and journalist who teaches and writes 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.
Elaine graduated from Yale College and 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. As faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College, she supervised students, residents and fellows on the inpatient oncology unit, directed the hospital’s hematology clinic and served as an attending physician at the outpatient breast cancer center. 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. After a series of health concerns, she stopped practicing in December, 2006. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and a Distinguished Member Emeritus of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
Elaine is a contributor to Forbes and former correspondent to the Atlantic. Her freelance work has appeared in Slate, the New York Times, Scientific American, Cure Magazine and the New York Observer. She has a column on the Huffington Post. Her work here 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 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
She’s a wife and mother who likes to read, cook, swim and travel.
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