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Health and Medical Writing

Ann MacDonald is a freelance medical and science writer whose clients include Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publishing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital


Before launching her own business, she was director of surgery communications at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she managed communications, web updates, and publications for the department of surgery and its 15 divisions. Prior to joining BIDMC, she worked as associate director of major gift communications at Boston Children's Hospital, managing strategic communications in support of a $1.3 billion fundraising campaign. Previously she was a senior proposal writer at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she worked with major gift officers and senior physicians to craft proposals and case statements asking for support at the six-figure level and above.

She has also worked as a medical writer and project manager in content development at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, and as an editor at Harvard Health Publications, the consumer health publishing division of Harvard Medical School. Earlier in her career, Ann held communications positions in development and public affairs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, and served for two years as eastern regional director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She has published three health books and contributed to a fourth. Her articles on health and other topics have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Providence Journal.

Ann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Brandeis University. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the New England Science Writers.

To view an online portfolio of Ann's work, visit

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