Dr. Holly Atkinson is an award-winning medical journalist and a gifted and noted public speaker. With extensive experience as a medical correspondent—including assignments with NBC’s Today Show, CBS Morning News, Lifetime Medical Television, and the PBS health show Bodywatch—she has engaged national audiences on a wide range of medical topics for over 20 years. She is the author of the best-selling book Women and Fatigue.
Dr. Atkinson is assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, as well as adjunct professor of public health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also medical editor-in-chief of Everydayhealth.com, one of the top health sites on the web, and consults with a number of start-up healthcare companies through KSR Associates, a privately held firm that excels in corporate development, capital formation, and mergers and acquisition intermediation.
Dr. Atkinson devotes considerable time to a number of nonprofit organizations and charities. She is a past president of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its effort to eradicate landmines. In 1995, Dr. Atkinson conducted a medical mission to Bosnia where she documented the health effects of landmines on civilians. In 2005, she traveled to Uganda on PHR’s behalf to help organize local physicians to address the HIV/AIDs epidemic. She has also served on the board of Legal Momentum, the nation's oldest and largest women’s civil rights organization.
Dr. Atkinson has degrees in medicine and journalism and broad international business experience. She has an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and an MS in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in biology and is currently a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Atkinson was a member of the original team that launched Journal Watch, a monthly summary of important medical research findings developed for the practicing physician by Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine. The first issue of Journal Watch was launched over 19 years ago and today has grown into several subspecialty newsletters widely distributed throughout the US and abroad. After she had written for Journal Watch for seven years, the MMS asked Dr. Atkinson to help launch a consumer health newsletter, HealthNews. She became the founding editor-in-chief and remained at the helm of the newsletter for 12 years until August 2006.
Previously, Dr. Atkinson was president of iVillageHealth.com, the health channel of the popular women’s website iVillage.com, where she led a redesign of the site. Before iVillage, Dr. Atkinson was a founder, president, and CEO of Reuters Health Information, Inc. Within three years of taking the helm, she led the news company to profitability and international recognition. Prior to joining Reuters, Dr. Atkinson was at Lifetime Medical Television for ten years where she oversaw, as senior vice president of programming, the continuing medical education programming that aired on the network. Her TV career was launched in 1981 when Walter Cronkite hired her to be a researcher on his show, Walter Cronkite’s Universe Show.
Dr. Holly Atkinson brings a unique blend of experience and skill to her work and speaking. She combines business acumen, media savvy, editorial proficiency, and medical expertise to motivate her audiences to lead health-conscious lives.
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