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Harvard Medical School

  • Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pitch coach

    Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD is an instructor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Bhatnagar is an Innovation Specialist at the VA Boston Healthcare System and is involved in the national innovation efforts of the VA. His work focuses on innovation in healthcare utilizing techniques in human-centered design, Lean/Six Sigma systems improvement, and value-based healthcare. He teaches healthcare professionals in the above methodologies and leads a variety of healthcare teams with these efforts. In addition, he serves as the Associate Residency Program Director and Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee in the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Bhatnagar is currently on the medical staff at VA Boston Healthcare System, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed undergraduate studies in Computer Science and a Neurorehabilitation / Traumatic Brain Injury Fellowship from Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • Shelley Carson, PhD, Author; Associate in Psychology, Harvard University

    Dr. Carson is the author of the award-winning books Your Creative Brain (Jossey- Bass) and Almost Depressed (co-authored with Jefferson Prince, MD: Hazelden). She teaches and conducts research at Harvard where she has won teaching awards for her course "Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses and Harvard Students." In addition to numerous publications in peer-reviewed science journals, her work has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, BBC, and NPR. She blogs at Psychology Today and The Huffington Post

  • Holly Parker, PhD, Author; Lecturer in Psychology, Harvard University

    Dr. Parker, or Dr. Holly, as she’s more playfully known, is a psychologist with a passion for empowering individuals to cultivate the sort of life today that their future selves will thank them for tomorrow. She zestfully engages in clinical work, teaching, public education, and writing. She is a lecturer at Harvard University, where she teaches the popular course, The Psychology of Close Relationships, and a practicing psychologist and Associate Director of Training at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. She has two books coming out soon. When Reality Bites (Hazelden Press; September 2016) is a guided tour through the benefits and the pitfalls of denial. If We’re Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone? (Berkley Books; January 2017) walks alongside readers hoping to mend emotional unavailability in their romantic relationship. She also delves into an assortment of topics on the dappled road of life in her blog and in press interviews through outlets such as SELF Magazine, Prevention, The Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, ABC News, and The Saturday Evening Post.

  • Elizabeth Rider, MD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and narrative writing expert

    Dr. Rider is a pediatrician, the Director of Academic Programs for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is an expert on narrative medical writing and senior author of the book A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies. Dr. Rider is a successful course graduate who has won multiple teaching and writing awards. She is an editor for the journals Patient Education and Counseling and Medical Encounter, and serves on the editorial board of the new Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare. Her narratives have appeared in BMJ, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Medical Encounter, and other publications.

  • Joseph Shrand, MD, Author and Instructor in Psychiatry

    Dr. Shrand is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), an acute care residential unit for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol, part of High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. Among colleagues and staff, he is affectionately called “Doctor Joe,” as he was “Joe” in the original children’s cast of the PBS series ZOOM. He is the author of several books, including Outsmarting Anger, which won the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award for psychology. His latest book, The Fear Reflex (Hazelden Press), introduces his I-M Approach, a way to use respect to influence change and progress.

  • Julie Silver, MD, Course Director; Associate Professor, and Associate Chair, Strategic Initiatives, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Dr. Silver is the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is the former Chief Editor of Books at Harvard Health Publications and is an award-winning author. She has spent more than a decade teaching and mentoring physicians and other healthcare professionals in writing, publishing, public speaking, and interacting with the media. The focus of her work is on healing, with an emphasis on cancer rehabilitation. She has written and edited too many books to list here, and this has led to many important career opportunities. Dr. Silver has received many awards, including The Boston Globe’s Top Innovator in Medicine. The Discovery Channel featured her work on the show Innovations. She has been a guest on the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, and Dr. Oz. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The London Times, and NPR. Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General, and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

Guest Faculty

  • Susan Aiello, DVM, Writing instructor, and Past President, Board of Editors in the Life Sciences

    Dr. Aiello is a professional editor who has over 25 years of experience in medical publishing, and extensive teaching experience in training health writers. She has made multiple appearances on national television and radio. In addition to her medical background, she has studied journalism and publication management and is a board-certified editor in the life sciences. Her editorial and training style encourages collaborative book development. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Merck Veterinary Manual and the Past President of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.

  • Regina Brooks, Literary agent, Serendipity Literary Agency

    Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency, based in New York City, which Writer's Digest magazine named as one of the top 25 literary agencies. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titles Writing Great Books for Young Adults (Source Books) and You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell and Market Your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press); has edited over 100 titles; and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. She has been highlighted in global media and TV outlets including ABC News, CW, Forbes, Poets and Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, Mediabistro, Essence, Ebony, Writers Digest magazine, Jet, Uptown magazine, and Rolling Out. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. She is a pilot, a member of the Association of Writer Representatives, and of New York Women in Film and Television.

  • Jill Grimes, MD, Author and pitch coach

    Dr. Jill Grimes is a board-certified family physician practicing in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about preventative medicine and patient education. In keeping with that aspiration, Dr. Grimes wrote Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs, hoping a different style of education—stories, not just statistics—might help to lower the shockingly high rate of sexually transmittable diseases in the United States today. Seductive Delusions has been a part of the freshman health literacy curriculum in Texas high schools since 2010.  Dr. Grimes was a National Merit and President's Endowed Scholar at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1987. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her family medicine residency training in Austin, Texas. Dr. Grimes maintained a private practice for twenty years, and is now exclusively seeing patients at the University of Texas in their Urgent Care Department.  Dr. Grimes joined the UMass medical school faculty as a clinical instructor in 2000, through an innovative internet-based ethics course that connected medical students with practicing family doctors across the country. In 2006, Dr. Grimes became a contributing author and member of the editorial board for The 5-Minute Clinical Consult textbook, and then served as an associate editor for the 2010-2015 editions.

  • Kindra Hall, MA, Author and storytelling expert

    Kindra is an award-winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great storytelling. Kindra’s work has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine and behind the scenes in New York Times best-selling books. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network and with a master's degree in organizational communication and management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders, and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.

  • John Hanc, Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology and writing instructor

    John Hanc is a writer specializing in fitness, health, active sports, and history. A long-time contributor to Newsday and a contributing editor to Runner's World magazine, he is also a contributing writer for The New York Times and Smithsonian.com. He has authored and co-authored a dozen books, including The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History of the Boston Athletic Association; Not Dead Yet; The Coolest Race on Earth; Running for Dummies; The Essential Runner; Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life; and The Making of a Harvard Surgeon. Hanc is also an Associate Professor of Journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.

  • Randy Kamen, EdD, Author and self-publishing expert, Boston University School of Education

    Dr. Randy Kamen is a psychologist, educator, and recent author of the bestseller Behind the Therapy Door: Simple Strategies to Transform Your Life. She pioneered new territory in mind-body medicine at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and later at Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Kamen consults internationally at corporations, universities, conferences, health institutions, and retreats. She has a weekly show on MVTV on Martha’s Vineyard where she also has her retreat facility, Blueberry Fields MV. Dr. Kamen frequently appears in the media and writes for The Huffington Post and many other media outlets.

  • Matthew Katz, MD, Social media expert, Lowell General Hospital

    Dr. Katz is a leading physician voice in social media and the most followed radiation oncologist on Twitter globally. He is former Chair of Communications Committee for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and served as an inaugural External Advisor for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media. He has given talks at Mayo Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as academic meetings in the U.S., Spain, and Australia.  Matt has a specific focus on Twitter and developed an international online journal club for radiation oncology. He is also an associate editor for the journal Advances in Radiation Oncology. He helped revise Massachusetts Medical Society’s guidelines for professional use of social media and advises multiple organizations. Currently, Matt is the medical director of Radiation Medicine at Lowell General Hospital and a Partner in Radiation Oncology Associates, PA. 

  • Martha Murphy, Book writing coach and author

    Martha Murphy is an award-winning writer, editor, and book coach specializing in health, self-help, how-to, cookbooks, and memoir. In addition to assisting writers with book proposals, book manuscripts, and magazine articles, she has designed successful promotion campaigns, including landing a new author on Good Morning America. With her help, attendees of this conference have found representation with top agents and been published by major houses including Penguin, Hazelden, and Johns Hopkins University Press. Her in-depth knowledge of the publishing world and expertise as a professional writer have helped her clients write books that have attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and National Public Radio.

  • Diane Radford, MD, Author, social media expert, and pitch coach, Mercy Clinic St. Louis

    Dr. Radford is a board-certified breast surgical oncologist with Mercy Clinic in St. Louis. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, written several oncology-related book chapters, and won numerous academic awards. Her essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and her photographs have been published in National Geographic World, Montgomery Funds Annual Report, and Outlook - the magazine of Washington University. She is active on Twitter @dianeradfordmd, and on Facebook as Diane Radford MD.

  • Rusty Shelton, Publicist and social media expert, Advantage Marketing

    Rusty Shelton first spoke at this course on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. He is the co-author (alongside Barbara Cave Henricks) of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset (Berrett-Koehler, 2016), which debuted at #2 on the Austin American-Statesman bestseller list and is endorsed by David Meerman Scott, Tom Rath, Sally Hogshead and many others. Rusty’s commentary on branding and PR has been featured in Inc. MagazineForbes, the BBC, and many other top media outlets. After successfully growing the agency he founded in 2010, Shelton Interactive, into one of the nation’s most respected digital marketing agencies, the company was acquired by Advantage Media Group in early 2016, and he is now President of Advantage Marketing. Rusty has led campaigns for more than 30 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers and works with many of the world's leading thought leaders and brands.

  • Lisa Tener, MS, Book writing coach and author

    Lisa Tener is a published author and award-winning book coach. She blogs on publishing for The Huffington Post. A graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Lisa specializes in helping doctors, therapists, and other healing professionals write and publish compelling books and successful book proposals in many genres including health, how-to, self-help, and memoir. Her clients are published by a diversity of publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, New Harbinger, Beyond Words, New World Library, Johns Hopkins University Press, Yale University Press, and dozens of others. Many of her clients have won prestigious awards including two Nautilus Book Awards in 2014, and her clients have appeared on Oprah, the Discovery Channel, NPR’s Fresh Air, Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show and appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and much more. Her Bring Your Book to Life® program won the Silver Stevie Award in 2012 for Best New Service of the Year—Media.

Agents and Editors

  • Lisa Akoury-Ross, Editor, SDP Publishing Solutions
  • Helene Atwan, Director, Beacon Press
  • Debbie Carvalko, Senior Acquisitions Editor, ABC-CLIO
  • Dana Dreibelbis, Writing instructor, Stony Point Consulting
  • Don Fehr, Literary agent, Trident Media Group
  • Jeanne Fredericks, Literary agent, Jeanne Fredericks Literary Agency
  • Linda Konner, Literary agent, The Linda Konner Literary Agency
  • Albert LaFarge, PhD, Literary agent, Albert LaFarge Literary Agency
  • Liz Neporent, Managing Editor, WebMD/Medscape
  • Jacqueline Wehmueller, Editor and writing instructor, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Cheryl Woodruff, Editor and writing instructor