Freelance Editor & Writer

Location:Newton, Massachusetts, United States
2 Skills
Newton, MA 02461

Highly creative, award-winning medical editor and writer with extensive publishing experience. Superb ability to produce cogent copy that is accessible and engaging to popular and professional audiences. Proven administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills with a passion for conceiving ideas and achieving inspired results. Diverse skill set with unique value to medical communications industry.
Areas of proficiency:
• Editing, writing and proofreading copy
• Planning and development of publications content
• Editorial research
• Project management with team collaboration
• Oral presentation and communication skills
• Composition of promotional copy
• Incorporation, captioning and labeling of graphics
• Health literacy and education
• Broad knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine
Documentation Specialist, Tufts Health Plan, Watertown, MA Sept.-Dec. 2012
Contract position writing and revising documents pertaining to policies and procedures.

Senior Editor/ Editor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Trade and Reference Division, Boston, MA 2003-2011

Created and developed content for titles produced for the consumer reference market, including the American Heritage line of dictionaries and encyclopedias. Composed and edited precise, concise and easy-to-understand prose, primarily in the areas of medicine and health care. Developed and implemented editorial plans for original and revised editions that communicated complex concepts in a clear and compelling way. Repurposed existing content for copyright updates. Collaborated with production staff to choose artwork and generate copy.

Conducted research and searched for citations and quotes using online and print resources, electronic databases and content management systems. Delegated assignments to subject matter experts and managed queries through completion. Wrote book proposals, front and back matter copy, cover copy and catalog copy. Reviewed copy for biased or insensitive content. Conceived ideas for new titles, original content and marketing strategies.

• Editor, The American Heritage FIRST Dictionary, 2nd ed. Won Parents’ Choice and iParenting Media Awards.
• Editor, The American Heritage Medical Dictionary, 2nd ed.
• Project Editor, 100 Words to Make You Sound Smart; conceived idea, created proposal and supervised editorial content for new book in the 100 Words series, resulting in the only departmental title to appear on bestseller lists and Amazon’s “top 400.”

Assistant Editor at Frontline Publications, a newsletter publisher formerly based in Somerville, MA 2002

Wrote, edited and proofread content for Nursing Assistant, a professional newsletter for CNAs and provided editorial support for preparation of other newsletters, slides and continuing education content.

Writer/Editor at 2001-2002

Wrote and edited referenced articles on medical topics for physicians and consumers for multilingual website. Researched medical literature, compiled bibliographies, provided links to related websites and assembled glossaries.

Contributing Editor, Columnist and Freelance Writer for American Baby magazine and its affiliated publications. Wrote articles for other consumer periodicals such as Scholastic’s Science World. Evaluated published journal articles and provided feedback on content and style as an elected member of the Publications Committee of the American Academy of Family Physicians, publisher of American Family Physician. Contributing Editor of The Merck Manual, 15th ed., a classic reference for physicians.

Medical Editor /Writer/Consultant for Lifetime Medical Television and WOWK/CBS in Huntington, WV, including on-air reporting and interviewing. Appeared as interviewed TV guest at local NBC affiliate in Huntington and in radio broadcasts as interviewed guest.

Public Relations Coordinator for Valley Health Systems in Huntington, WV. Wrote and distributed press releases, composed advertising copy and wrote and designed promotional brochures. Created community lecture series on health topics and participated as featured speaker at public events.


Attending Family Physician / Clinical Instructor, Tufts Medical Center outpatient, BU-affiliated Family Practice Residency and other area practices.

Medical Director; Physician-Director of Administrative Affairs, Valley Health Systems, Huntington, WV

Provided dynamic leadership for seven years coordinating the clinical and administrative affairs for a network of eight community health centers. Responsibilities included planning and implementation of clinical programs for a large underserved population; leading initiatives in quality assurance, wellness promotion and disease prevention; community outreach; professional and patient education and health literacy; public relations and acting as liaison to the Board of Directors.


MSJ (Master of Science in Journalism), Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
• Magazine concentration, with honors
• James Wechsler Award for National Reporting
• Reader’s Digest Foundation Award

Brown University Residency in Family Medicine, Pawtucket, RI

MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
• National Health Service Corps scholarship

BA, History and Science, magna *** laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Member, New England Science Writers and American Medical Writers’ Associationa
Marketing Committee (Volunteer), Newton at Home (nonprofit group that facilitate
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