Elaine Schattner on Muck Rack

Elaine Schattner

New York City
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Writer, physician, journalist, health care advocate, speaker, life-long patient, retired oncologist and researcher, reader, traveler, swimmer, citizen

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After a happy, health-challenged and suburban childhood, I went to college in New Haven and then medical school in New York City. Twenty-one years after becoming a doctor, I entered a science journalism program at Columbia University. Now I write on health, science, cancer, medical history and cu...


What was your first job as a journalist?

While in high school, I reported for "The Westbury Times."

What's your favorite drink?

seltzer with cranberry juice

What's the most common misperception about your beat?

People overestimate the value of tabulated evidence.