13 Notable Figures In The Medical Publishing Space

The medical publishing space is the least flooded in the writing industry. Be that as it may, a significant number of publishers have taken the medical field by its horns.

There has been a significant input by these people who have worked with publishers to ensure that medical students always stay informed. If you are wondering who these influential figures in the medical publishing space are, then you’re at the right place.

We’ll look at some of the notable figures you can follow in the medical publishing space.


The Top 13 Figures to look out for in the Medical Publishing Space

These public figures have done a great job in the publishing space, whether they’re into other businesses or are actively involved in offering medical services in the industry.

Here are some of the top figures in the medical publishing space.

1.       Eugene Melnyk

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Eugene Melnyk has had a lot going in his life. He has been a renowned businessman who has had a soft spot for philanthropic activities in his adult life.

He has also been a great sportsman, which led to acquiring and owning the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators and the AHL’s Belleville Senators.

In the field of medicine, Melnyk has not lagged behind either. He is the current Chairman and CEO of Neurolign Technologies Inc., which deals with inventing tech products for handling brain health.

His medical publishing space contribution kicked off when he began his career with Trimel Corp in 1982. Trimel Corp grew to be one of Canada’s largest medical publishing companies before selling it to Thompson Corp in 1989. Trimel Corp made substantial 40 publications in the medical space.

2.       Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-American physician and oncologist. He’s a renowned author of good books like the ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and the Gene’ and ‘The Gene: An Intimate History.’

His impact in the medical publishing space saw his book, ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,’ win the Pulitzer Prize. This book brings out the creative skills that he curates with emotions and an in-depth outlook of cancer.

3.       Atul Gawande

Gawande is another Indian-American citizen who offers his medical field services as a surgeon and a public health researcher. He has extensively written books on medicine and public health.

Among the top books he has published are; The Checklist Manifesto, Complications, Being Mortal, and Better. His book, Complications, became the finalist for the National Book Award and has been published in more than 100 countries.

Gawande’s books offer medical knowledge to readers; they also outlay the impact that medical procedures have on people’s lives.

4.       C.J. Lyons

C.J. Lyons, an American physician, specializes her writing and publishing art in the suspense novels category. When starting in her writing and book publishing career, she was a science fiction writer.

She went on to become among the best-selling authors in the United States. Later on, she became a critically-acclaimed, award-winning USA Today and New York Times best-selling author. Her books like; Nerves of Steel, Farewell to Dreams, and Snake Skin has seen her rise to these levels.

If you love reading about real medical world events captured through day-dreaming eyes and keen observations, then the books would be your best choices.

5.       Eric Topol

Eric J. Topol is an American geneticist, digital medicine researcher, and a cardiologist who is also a published author. He has used a futuristic approach to write and publish The Creative Destruction of Medicine. In this book, he hinted that the potential digital revolution tool could be in transforming medicine afresh.

However, he never stopped at that. He has written and published other great books like Atlas of Interventional Cardiology, The Patients will See Now, and many others that add substance to cardiology literature.

6.       Robin Cook

The established American novelist has more than 40 books in his portfolio that are already on the New York Times Bestseller List. Before venturing into full-time writing, Robin Cook was a great physician.

Reading his books will make you a little more thrilled and knowledgeable at the same time. He combines his medical knowledge and his skills of creating gripping thrillers to write such remarkable books.

He handled stem cells, organ donations, organ transplantation, and genetic engineering as a physician.

His outstanding books include; Shock, Sphinx, Brain, Death Benefit, and Coma.

7.       Paul Sudhir Kalanithi

Paul Sudhir Kalanithi, an Indian-American, rings loud and ranks high in the neurosurgeon medical fields. Apart from the skills he has in dissecting brains, Kalanithi is also a great writer.

He writes creatively and doesn’t shy from telling personal stories. In his book When Breath Becomes Air, he bravely talks about his life and journey battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer.

Sadly, he died before completing the book, but his wife took it on and finished the story her husband had started.

8.       Abraham Verghese

He is an Indian-American physician and author. He is also a Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University Medical School. He is also a Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

In his writing and publishing career, he has authored six books in his name. He has three best-selling books, two memoirs, and a novel.

His books have been marketed and published on top news platforms far and wide. His writing skills have attracted famous publishers like The New York Times, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic.

Of all his excellent books, the top performer and heart-touching book, Cutting the Stone, has been a resounding success in his writing career.

9.       Sandeep Jauhar

Sandeep Jauhar is the managing director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he also enjoys cardiology. Apart from authoring books, he regularly writes to the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine.

His books include; Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician and the Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation.

Jauhar also regularly writes opinionated and informative articles on aging, ethics, and medicine. His writings stand out from the rest as he gives them a transparent approach to life’s complicated issues.

10. Robert Marion

The idea of writing one of his top-selling books, The Intern Blues, came when he was supervising a small group of interns at a major New York medical center. He liaised with three of these interns to keep a detailed diary over the year.

These diaries from the three students, Andy, Amy, and Mark, clearly describes their real-life experience during the internship. They treated very sick children, confronted child abuse, and even experienced the awful human impact of the AIDS epidemic.

They also had a rough time maneuvering through the hospital bureaucracy and dealing with their insecurities, fears, and constant fatigue.

Robert captured these stories in a harrowing and funny manner, making the book a worthy read for any aspiring medical practitioner.

11. Eliza Lo Chin

Female doctors or aspiring female doctors should borrow some inspiration from the real intimate lives of over 100 female physicians captured in Eliza Lo Chin’s book. The book titled, This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine is a collection of poems, personal stories, quotations, and essays.

Though Elizabeth wrote the book over a century ago, it’s still applicable to modern female doctors’ lives. The book’s touching testimonies from the 19th-century medical pioneers give modern women medics relatable stories they can follow.

12. Pauline Chen

Pauline Chen, a Taiwanese- American surgeon, joined the medical school with one main aim — to save lives. While that was all she could keep on her mind and focus, she never stopped to think just how much death she would be meeting in her line of duty.

She is also an author and a columnist at New York Times and on her online column “Doctor and Patient.”

Her surgeon career experience saw her meet many people suffering and pushed her into writing a book in 2007. The book, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality calls medical practitioners to better care of the dying.

13. Emily Transue

Her biggest inspiration to write was when she saw a patient with cardiac arrest come into the emergency room and die. She was a student on the medical wards then, and it was her first week there.

She wrote On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency, a book fully inspired by the cardiac arrest patient’s events. Since she had never seen something like that before, as books and labs initially characterized her life.

She later decided to record her life events in the hospital, and there she had her first book put together.


Final Thought

As a medical practitioner, a writer, or an aspiring one, you can always follow the stories and inspiration from these men and women. They have made it possible that knowledge is passed from one generation to another. There’s no excuse for not reading in the medical space, and especially reading medical-related books.




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