Dr. Elaine Schattner is a physician, medical educator and journalist who offers a rare perspective on medicine. She is a life-long patient and cancer survivor. Her many experiences working as a clinical oncologist and laboratory investigator inform her views on research and health care. 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 Atlantic, Cure Magazine, the Pacific Standard, the New York Observer, The New York Times, Scientific American, Slate and the Washington Post. Essays from her previous blog, Medical Lessons, have 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, and of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
She’s a wife and mother who likes to read, cook, swim and travel.
Elaine’s current interests include: physicians’ health, patient advocacy, cancer and science.