about

Elaine Schattner is a freelance journalist and former oncologist who lives in New York City. She is writing a book about public attitudes toward cancer.

A life-long patient with scoliosis and other chronic medical conditions, and a history of breast cancer, Elaine’s current interests include physicians’ health, cancer, and medical journalism. In 2009, she completed a master’s program in science writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Elaine’s freelance work has appeared in the Atlantic, Cure Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Pacific Standard, the New York ObserverThe New York TimesScientific American, Slate and the Washington Post. She is a contributor to Forbes, where she has covered new cancer drugs, diagnostics and other biotechnology.  Previously, she authored a personal blog called Medical Lessons. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Dr. Schattner is a super-informed patient advocate who believes that all patients deserve modern and compassionate health care. Earlier in her career, she 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.

Now 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.

She’s a wife and mother who likes to read, swim and travel. Here she tweets!