Ann Ferrar

Writer/Editor – Medical Communications and Marketing, Consumer and Patient Education

Ann Ferrar


Selected List of Clients and Projects, Curriculum Vitae



Specialist in patient-centered health and medical writing and marketing communications. Highly skilled at researching, reporting, interviewing, and adapting complex medical information to lively, accessible and accurate prose for consumers, patients, caregivers, and allied health professionals. More than fifteen years of experience writing and editing projects for print and web-based clients.

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WEB CONTENT:

GE Healthymagination.com: Wrote articles on innovations in biomedical research and FDA-approved treatments for various disorders. Client: GE Healthcare.

Breastcancer.org: 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.



PROJECTS IN OTHER MEDIA:

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.

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

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


EDITORIAL AND COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS, ON-STAFF

Deputy Editor, InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment: Edited and wrote articles for monthly consumer/​patient magazine on cancer care and research. Emphasis on patient-centered content with bench-to-bedside approach. Worked closely with managing editor and print production team.

Senior Writer, Communications, March of Dimes Foundation: Wrote award-winning public health education and communications literature on maternal and infant health. Focus on parental education and community outreach for prevention of low-birthweight babies. Wrote newsletters, advertorials, annual reports, patient-education pamphlets and handbooks, documentary scripts, video news releases, public service announcements, fundraising literature and audio-visual presentations for physicians. Managed projects, consulted with medical advisory board, executive director and program directors.

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. Wrote scripts for training, documentaries and video news releases for pharmaceutical clients. Handled written components for presentations at live events ranging from symposia to product launches of new drugs and medical devices. Ghosted articles and audio-visual presentations for physician-spokespersons.


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


FREELANCE JOURNALISM, PRINT PUBLICATIONS:

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

AWARDS:

Recognized with three team 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

EDUCATION:
Brooklyn College, City University of New York: Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Graduated cum laude.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Jones & Bartlett Learning: Selected coursework in Essentials of Health Care Marketing

Penn Foster College: Selected coursework in Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Veterinary Technology

Ocean County College Certificate in Introduction to Physical and Occupational Therapy. Externship at SportsCare Institute, Toms River, NJ

New York University: Certificate in Documentary Script Writing and Production


VOLUNTEER WORK:
Animal-Assisted Therapy Handler: Volunteer handler of a therapy dog, serving elderly residents at Magnolia Gardens, a long-term care facility in New Jersey.

Literacy Volunteers of America: Taught English as a second language to a foreign-born adult student.


MEMBER:
American Medical Writers Association

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

Educational/Informational
A popular program for physical education teachers of student athletes, covering key concepts in training and injury prevention.
Please click on title for details.
Narrative Non-Fiction:
A critically acclaimed book.
"A woman's symphony on the road."

New York Times

Click on book title for summary, reviews and photo gallery.


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