AHCJ president joins Medscape as vice president, editorial

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, M.D., president of the Association of Health Care Journalists’ board of directors, has joined Medscape as vice president, editorial.

Oransky, who is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has held senior editorial positions at MedPage Today and Reuters Health. He also has worked at Scientific American, The Scientist and Praxis Post.

He is the founder of Embargo Watch, a blog that focuses on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage, and co-founder of Retraction Watch, which tracks retractions in scientific research.

In a press release, Oransky said, “I have devoted my career to furthering the highest standards in health and science journalism, and I look forward to working with one of the best editorial teams in medical publishing to further our shared commitment.”

Medscape provides clinical news and health information for health care professionals and is a part of WebMD Health Corp.

Oransky, who has served on AHCJ’s board of directors since 2002, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where he was executive editor of The Harvard Crimson, his medical degree from New York University, and completed an internship at Yale before leaving medicine to be a full-time journalist.

A 2012 TEDMED speaker, he is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Medal for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association, and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil laws from The University of the South (Sewanee).

Oransky, who holds an appointment at the NYU School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of medicine, has taught at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and has written for publications from Nature to The New York Times.

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