Elaine Schattner is a writer, cancer survivor, and former oncologist. Her book, From Whispers to Shouts: The Ways We Talk About Cancer (Columbia University Press, 2023) probes public perception of cancer through the history of awareness campaigns, patient advocacy, and news including social media.
Elaine holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her freelance work has appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, New York Observer, Scientific American, Washington Post, and elsewhere. As a Forbes contributor from 2014 through 2018, she covered news about cancer, novel drugs, diagnostics, and other medical technology. Previously she authored a personal blog, Medical Lessons, and a featured Huffington Post column. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
A graduate of Yale College and the New York University School of Medicine, she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and a Distinguished Member Emeritus of the American Society of Hematology. She is also active in the journalism community through her participation as a professional member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.