Elaine Schattner, MD

Elaine Schattner is a journalist, cancer survivor and physician who is writing a book on public attitudes toward cancer. Dr. Schattner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine on the voluntary faculty of 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. In 2009, she received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her freelance articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Cure Magazine, Forbes, the New York Observer, Scientific American, Slate, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her current work focuses on medical journalism, patients’ rights, and physicians’ health. Through blogging and social media, she has developed a prominent voice on policy and cancer patients’ access to modern diagnostic tests and treatments. She serves as a patient advocate on the external advisory
board to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Dr. Schattner graduated from Yale College before earning a medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Cornell University Medical College. Earlier in her career, she practiced as a hematologist and medical oncologist. She studied lymphocyte signaling pathways and led an independent, NIH-funded cancer research laboratory.


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