About Laura Newman

Laura Newman has worked in health care for most of her adult life, first as a health policy analyst, and as a medical journalist for the last two decades. Laura edited the
landmark newsletter, Medical Outcomes & Guidelines Alert, one of the first publications  feature clinical trials, standards of care, and best practices in medicine. She has a longstanding interest in what matters to patients and thinks that patients should play a major role in planning and operational discussions about healthcare.

Laura’s news stories have appeared in print and on the web in WebMD Medical News,
Medscape, Drug Topics, Applied Neurology, Neurology Today, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The Lancet, and BMJ, and numerous other outlets. She was awarded two journalism fellowships: The Science of Women’s Health Reporting (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) and a cancer reporting fellowship (National Press Foundation). Laura is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists. In March 2011, Laura was invited to invited to participate as a fellow in the National Press Foundation’s “Alzheimer’s Issues 2011” seminar in Washington DC in May. She was awarded an MA from Tufts University in Urban, Social, and Environmental Policy, specializing in health policy.

In 2010, she worked as a writer with the Institute of Medicine on a book about the learning health care system, which examined how to include the public so that together, patients and reformers can create and make sustainable a continually evolving health care system based on the best available science.