about

Dr. Elaine Schattner is a journalist, patient advocate and physician who lives in New York City. She is a life-long patient whose current interests include cancer science, medical journalism, ethics and physicians’ health. She is writing a book about public attitudes toward cancer.

Earlier in her career, Elaine worked as a hematologist, clinical oncologist and cancer researcher. She 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 followed by a combined fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 1993, she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. She led 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.

In 2009, Elaine completed a master’s program in science writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Now she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College, where she belongs to the voluntary faculty. 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.

Elaine is a contributor to Forbes. Her freelance work has appeared in the Atlantic, Cure Magazine, the Pacific Standard, the New York ObserverThe New York TimesScientific American, Slate and the Washington Post. Essays from her previous blog, Medical Lessonshave been featured in the ACP Internist, Better Health, the Health Care Blog, the Prepared Patient Forum, and the Huffington Post. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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