Ann Ferrar

Writer/Editor – Consumer Health, Patient Education, Medical Communications, Narrative Medicine

Ann Ferrar

Curriculum Vitae

Highly skilled at researching, reporting, interviewing, and adapting complex medical information to lively, accessible and accurate prose for consumers, patients and caregivers. More than twenty years of experience writing and editing for print periodicals and online venues. Specializing in medical and marketing communications, consumer health, patient education, human-interest and narrative medicine.



New York Times, Newsday, Ladies' Home Journal, Health Monitor Network, Mamm: Women, Cancer and Community, Redbook Magazine, InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Environmental Nutrition, Weight Watchers Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Bates Healthworld publications, including MS Alliance Exchange and Seasons Magazine for Women.


GE Wrote articles on innovations in biomedical research and FDA-approved treatments for various disorders. Client: GE Healthcare. Edited compilation of physicians’ answers to patients' most frequently asked questions on breast cancer.

Regeneron: Wrote employee biographies for intranet newsletter of major pharmaceutical company, interviewing scientists, executives and staffers at all levels.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: Wrote science news for print publications and website of U.S. Department of Energy high-energy physics laboratory.

Sciens Worldwide Advertising: Developed, researched and wrote multi-part consumer/​patient education handbook on post-menopausal osteoporosis, including interactive quiz, for women’s health web site. Client: Berlex Laboratories.

Health Information Publications: Developed, researched and wrote 40-page consumer/​patient education handbook on prevention and treatment of clinical depression.


Deputy Editor, InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment: Edited and wrote articles for consumer magazine on cancer care. Emphasis on narrative medicine, bench-to-bedside approach and fighting cancer in the context of human interest. Worked with managing editor on planning issue content. Provided editorial guidance to, and edited articles by, freelancers to ensure accuracy and accessibility of complex material. Wrote original features and news reports on cancer research, clinical trials and FDA-approved innovations.

Senior Writer, Communications, March of Dimes Foundation: Wrote award-winning public health education and communications literature on maternal and infant health, including: Program literature on medical and outreach initiatives related to low-birthweight infants, drug use and HIV/​AIDS; newsletters; annual reports; patient-education pamphlets and handbooks; documentary scripts; advertorials; video news releases; public service announcements; and audio-visual presentations for physicians. Managed projects, consulted with medical advisory board, program directors, executive director and trustees.

Senior Writer, Communications, State University of New York at Stony Brook: Wrote newsletter articles and other literature about research and treatment initiatives and programs at University Medical Center and academic campus.

Medical Writer/​Editor, Edelman Medical Communications: Wrote consumer and patient education materials, as well as press kits and marketing literature such as brochures and handbooks. Also wrote scripts for training, documentaries and video news releases for pharmaceutical clients. Handled written components for presentations at events ranging from symposia to launches of new drugs and medical devices. Ghosted articles and audio-visual presentations for physician-spokespersons.


Haymarket Media Group: Wrote interactive CD-ROM script for continuing medical education (CME) course on treating sleep disorders in elderly patients in long-term care. Client: Sanofi-Aventis U.S.

Manhattan District Attorney’s Office: Wrote documentary/​outreach script, Community Advocates for Drug Prevention

March of Dimes Foundation: Wrote documentary script, Delivering Small Miracles: Advances in Neonatal Intensive Care

Whitehall-Robins Laboratories: Wrote package containing a training script and physical education teachers' guide, called Sport Sense II: Preventing and Treating Sports Injuries to Achieve Peak Performance


Recognized with three awards for written components of March of Dimes Foundation "Men Have Babies Too" public health education, awareness and outreach initiative:

* NonProfit Times Star Award;
* Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies (HMHB) Award;
* March of Dimes Foundation National Communications Award

Brooklyn College, City University of New York: B.A. degree in Journalism with concentration in TV/​Radio and Communications. Graduated cum laude.


Penn Foster College: Selected coursework in Veterinary Technology.

New York University: Certificate in Documentary Script Writing and Production

Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living Home: Volunteer handler of a therapy dog, serving a community of elderly residents living in long-term care.

Literacy Volunteers of America: Taught basic English reading and writing skills to a foreign-born adult student.

Authors Guild

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

All contents Copyright © 1996-2016, Ann Ferrar. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or stored in any media without written permission from the author.

Featured Works

A popular program for physical education teachers of student athletes, covering key concepts in training and injury prevention.
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Narrative Non-Fiction:
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"A woman's symphony on the road."

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