about

Elaine Schattner is a journalist, cancer survivor and former oncologist whose forthcoming book, From Whispers to Shouts: The Ways We Talk About Cancer (Columbia University Press) will be available in early 2023 and can be preordered now.* Intended for a general audience, her work probes public perception of cancer through the history of awareness campaigns, charity messages, patient advocacy and news including social media.

Elaine graduated from Yale College and earned her medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology, she joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. Earlier in her career, she led an independent NIH-funded cancer immunology lab, lectured and authored scientific papers on leukemia, lymphoma, and cell signaling pathways. Her medical practice centered on care of people with lymphoma, chronic leukemia, sickle cell disease, and rare blood disorders.

A lifelong patient with scoliosis noted in early childhood, Elaine is a super-informed patient advocate who believes that all people deserve modern and compassionate health care. After breast cancer, risky spine operations, and gut surgery for complications of diverticulitis, she has extensive experience inside of hospitals and doctors’ offices.

In 2009, Elaine completed a master’s program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Atlantic, Cure Today, NPR, Slate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. From 2014 – 2018 she covered new cancer drugs, diagnostics, and other biotechnology at Forbes.com. Previously she authored a personal blog, Medical Lessons, and a Huffington Post column. She belongs to the Association of Healthcare Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Dr. Schattner 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.

At home in New York City, she is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, traveling, and swimming. You can find Elaine on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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