Elaine Schattner is a medical commentator, journalist and physician. Her views on health care are informed by her experiences as a patient with scoliosis since childhood, breast cancer, diverticulitis and other conditions, and by her prior work as an oncologist and laboratory investigator. 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.

Now Elaine teaches part-time as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and a Distinguished Member Emeritus of the American Society of Hematology. In 2009 Elaine completed a master’s program in science writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Elaine is a contributor to Forbes, Her freelance work has appeared in the AtlanticCure Today, the Pacific Standard, the New York ObserverThe New York TimesScientific American and Slate. Previously she had a popular column on women’s health at the Huffington Post. Essays from her previous blog, Medical Lessonshave been featured in the ACP Internist, the Prepared Patient Forum, the Health Care Blog, and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

She’s a wife and mother who likes to read, cook, swim and travel.

Meanwhile (and in a most unexpected midlife career twist), Elaine has developed a muscular web personality. She wields influence! You can check her Klout profile here.

Elaine’s current interests include: patient advocacy, cancer and science.