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Nancy Ferrari

Managing Director and Executive Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Nancy Ferrari is Managing Director and Executive Editor at Harvard Health Publishing and a former editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before joining Harvard Health, Nancy was Manager of the Clinical Publications Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She began her work at HPHC as a women’s health writer creating patient education materials for ob/gyn and primary care practices. Nancy’s writing and editing experience includes work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked at the Journal of Science, Technology, and Human Values, the MIT Communications Office, and where she edited a conference proceeding on energy and the environment.
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Howard E. LeWine, MD

Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.
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Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years, Dr. Shmerling engaged in a mix of patient care, teaching, and research. His research interests center on diagnostic studies in patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, and rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. He has published research regarding infectious arthritis, medical ethics, and diagnostic test performance in rheumatic disease. Having retired from patient care in 2019, Dr. Shmerling now works as a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing.
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Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy writes about health and parenting for Boston Children’s Hospital,, and the Huffington Post.
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Urmila Parlikar

Associate Director, Digital Health Products at Harvard Health Publishing

Urmila Parlikar is Associate Director, Digital Health Products at Harvard Health Publishing. She first joined Harvard as a staff writer in 1998. She wrote articles for the Harvard Health newsletters, revised and updated Special Health Reports including Stroke and The Aging Eye, and served as the editor of the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide Online. More recently, Urmila has worked closely with Dr. Anthony Komaroff on the Ask Doctor K newspaper column. She also develops patient education materials for other HHP projects. She was also Managing Editor at HealthGate Data Corporation where she supervised the creation and updating of online patient education resources. Urmila began her career in the Office of Public Affairs at The Rockefeller University in New York City after earning a master’s degree in science journalism at Boston University.
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Catherine Finn, MSW, LCSW

Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publishing

Catherine Finn, MSW, LCSW, is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publishing. Catherine leads strategic initiatives, digital productions, webinars, and continuing education courses. She is an editor for the Harvard Health Blog, specializing in addiction, mental health, neurology, nutrition, and weight loss.   Catherine is currently the Lead Producer for TEAMS, a national donor-funded educational initiative to improve healthcare experiences for adults with autism. Catherine was previously the Executive Producer for OpioidX: The Opioid Crisis in America, and she was the course director for Treating and Preventing Addiction in Community-Based Settings.
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Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

Francesca Coltrera is editor of the Harvard Health Blog, and a senior content writer and editor for Harvard Health Publishing. She is an award-winning medical writer and co-author of Living Through Breast Cancer and The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, SELF, and the Boston Herald, among other venues. She is interested in many health topics, including coronavirus and COVID-19, emotional and physical wellness, parenting and children’s health, women’s health, exercise, longevity, cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life issues.
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Dean Ricciardi

Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator at Harvard Health Publishing

Dean Ricciardi is the Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator at Harvard Health Publishing, supporting the work of the editors and staff, copyediting, managing content, and working with HHP’s outside tech partners. He received a BA from Boston University and has over 20 years of experience in online publishing.
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Andrea Davies

Project Coordinator, Harvard Health Publishing

Andrea Davies is a project coordinator for Harvard Health Publishing. Previously, she worked as an administrative coordinator with the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, as well as the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard, Andrea worked in therapeutic arts-based programs as a program manager and creative writing and visual arts teaching artist. She worked with organization such as A Reason to Survive, Inc., The AjA Project, San Diego Art Institute, Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center, and Streetside Stories. Andrea holds an MFA in creative writing and a BA in English and art; she is an essayist and dabbler in poems and visual art. Through the years she has discovered that it is the healing and transformative qualities of writing and art making that interest her most. Andrea is building a career as a wellness professional, intentionally and intuitively taking the process one step at a time while living and working authentically and deepening her own contemplative and somatic practices.
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