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Medical Writing and Editing Instructors

The University of Chicago Graham School Medical Writing and Editing instructors come from all corners of the medical publishing field with experience writing for medical publications, consulting and providing content direction for clients in the medical industry, and publishing and editing research journals. Their experience adds an essential practical component to our Medical Writing and Editing classes; they provide instruction that covers not just writing and editing skills but also topics like creating clear and coherent tables and diagrams, interpreting statistics, and the ethical questions that arise in the medical publishing industry.

Our instructors’ experience also provides our students with valuable connections to the medical publishing field. Our instructors work as freelancers, consultants, and writers and editors on all manner of medical publications. Their experience navigating the medical writing field helps propel our students to strong starts in their medical writing careers.

Kim Garber, MALS, is Senior Information Specialist at the American Hospital Association (AHA) Resource Center in Chicago. She has been a professional librarian working in health care-related libraries for her entire career of over 30 years. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she became the sole librarian for the hospital consulting firm of Herman Smith Associates and went on to similar positions in the specialty health care libraries at Coopers & Lybrand and later PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago.  During her early career, she earned a master's degree in library science from Rosary College, now Dominican University, in River Forest, Ill. Her primary responsibility in all of these positions has been conducting information searches. She has also edited a book for the American Hospital Association and is currently the project manager, interviewer and editor for a multi-year oral history project at AHA.
Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH, is professor of integrative biosciences and of medical humanities at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the graduate program in science communication. She also plays lead roles in the international project AuthorAID, and for a decade she edited the Council of Science Editors periodical, Science Editor. She is first author of the current edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper and has published three other books. Her honors include a teaching award from the American Medical Writers Association and designation as an Honored Editor in the Life Sciences. Her MD and MPH are from Johns Hopkins.
Mary Beth Hasselquist, MD, is an information designer whose designs are informed by her knowledge of visual science. Her passion is creating effective, efficient, and elegant graphical displays of quantitative information. In addition to her own design work, Dr. Hasselquist is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington and an Instructor for the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. In 2015, Dr. Hasselquist stepped away from an active clinical practice at Group Health in Seattle to focus on her information design work. She remains a Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington.
Laura King, MA, MFA, ELS, has been a full-time freelance medical editor for more than eighteen years. Formerly, she worked as the director of copyediting for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). As a freelancer, she currently works for the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Self-Assessment Courses and for Elsevier as a copyeditor for Clinical Therapeutics, American Journal of Pathology, Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, and Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Laura has previously taught courses on freelancing and levels of editing in the Council for Science Editors Short Course for Manuscript Editors. She is the author of the AMA Manual of Style Quizzes and a frequent contributor to the AMA Style Insider blog. Her master’s degree is from Northwestern University and her master of fine arts degree is from Hollins University. She is a board-certified editor in life sciences.  
Tom Lang, MA, is an international consultant and trainer in medical communications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he has long been involved in developing reporting standards for evidence-based medicine. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences are standard references in medical writing. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master’s degree in Communication is from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California.
Genevieve Long, PhD, is a freelance medical writer and editor specializing in patient education, plain language, health literacy and marketing communications. She began her medical writing career as a manuscript editor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. Dr. Long has been active in the American Medical Writers Association since 2002 and is past president of AMWA-Northwest. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon.
Vojislav Pejovic, PhD, MSC, is an Associate Scientific Director at Medical Expressions (part of Nucleus Global). Throughout his career in medical communications, he has covered, approved or investigated products for Alzheimer's disease, hypertension, heart failure, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, fibrosis, and uterine fibroids. He has co-authored a dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts and is a published author of fiction books. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Mainz, Germany, and a MSC degree in Biochemistry from the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Howard Smith, MS, is retired as Vice President of Medical Writing and Regulatory Affairs at INC Research in Raleigh, NC.  Since 2011, he has been a consultant and teacher in medical writing and editing. He is a Fellow and past president of the American Medical Writers Association.  In 1987, he received the Outstanding Workshop Leader Award from that organization, and, in 1999, he was the recipient of the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical writing. He has taught over 200 workshops in medical writing and regulatory affairs, both in this country and in Europe.  Beginning in 2003, Mr. Smith developed and taught all of the University of Chicago workshops in regulatory affairs.
Regina Switzer, PhD, earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University in 2000. After receiving her doctorate, she continued her research as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University Medical Center and then as a Research Scientist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been a Medical Writer at Prescott Medical Communications Group since 2000 where she provides her clients strategic publication planning, writing/editing of scientific publications as well as technical and regulatory documents, and development of slide presentations for peer-to-peer activities and web-based multimedia. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Endocrinology, Epilepsia, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Journal of Women’s Health, and Molecular Endocrinology.