Ann MacDonald

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Health and Medical Writing

Ann MacDonald is director of surgery communications at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she manages strategic communications for the chairman of the department of surgery and its 14 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, and as 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 five-, six-, and seven-figure level.

Previously, she worked as a medical writer and project manager in content development at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, where she worked as part of a team that produced patient decision aids on topics such as prostate cancer, osteoporosis, and weight loss surgery. She was also an editor at Harvard Health Publications, the consumer health publishing division of Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, she edited the Harvard Mental Health Letter and the Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, and contributed to special health reports on various topics.

Prior to working at Harvard, she ran her own medical communications business for five years, with clients that included Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. She also conducted background medical research for several public relations firms and provided editorial advice and writing services to a variety of clients in the health care field, such as the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and Partners HealthCare System.

Before starting her own business, Ann held communications positions in development and public affairs at Dana-Farber and Massachusetts General Hospital, and served for two years as eastern regional director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She has also published three 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.

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