Jillian L. Schweitzer, managing editor, GI & Hepatology News
Jillian received her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Goucher College in 2008. She started at the American Gastroenterological Association’s Publications Department in November 2011, as an editorial assistant. She was recently promoted to Managing Editor for GI & Hepatology News but still works on special sections, systems and projects for Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH) and Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TIGE). Jillian is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.

Ryan Farrell, MA, Managing Editor, The New Gastroenterologist
Ryan received his BA in American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008 and his MA in History of Medicine with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University in 2013. He joined the AGA in 2014 as an editorial assistant for their journals, Gastroenterology and CGH. As publications manager, he currently serves as managing editor of The New Gastroenterologist and assistant managing editor of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He also contributes significantly to the social media presence for the AGA family of journals. Ryan is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Lindsey Brounstein, Director of Publications
Lindsey graduated from Colgate University in 2006 with a BA degree in English with emphasis in creative writing and classical studies. She joined the AGA’s publications department in 2007 as an editorial assistant. Today, Lindsey serves as director of publications for AGA and the managing editor for Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH). Working with the editors and publications staff, Lindsey helps develop and implement strategies and initiatives across AGA’s portfolio of publications, keeping up with emerging trends in scholarly publishing. Lindsey is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.

Alison Kim, PhD, Vice President of Research, Publications, and Innovation
Alison joined the American Gastroenterological Association staff in 2015 and is currently the vice president of research, publications, and innovation. She is responsible for a diverse portfolio of programs that aim to advance the science related to digestive diseases and its translation to the bedside. This includes AGA’s five peer-reviewed scientific journals and its newspaper, GI & Hepatology News, as well as AGA’s research funding program, clinical registries, and two specialized centers on GI technologies and the gut microbiome. Alison received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and participates on professional peer groups of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.

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Christopher Palmer, managing editor of GI & Hepatology News, earned a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served as a copy editor for the company for several years before becoming a managing editor, during which time he also took over the role of “style maven” informally and formally served as lead copy editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine in addition to his usual duties.


Kathy Scarbeck, Executive Editor, Medical News Division, joined as a reporter in 1993 and was promoted to editor of Ob.Gyn. News in 1998. She became executive editor of the news wire service, in 2006. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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Mollie Kalaycio joined Frontline as an intern in April 2017, before being brought on as a web content editor in January. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she majored in Theatre with a minor in Creative Writing. She also has a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Chatham University.


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Doug Brunk is an award-winning reporter who has been covering health care since 1991. Before joining the company, he wrote for the health sciences division of Columbia University and was on the editorial staff at Contemporary Long Term Care magazine when it won a Jesse H. Neal Award. He has a master's in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Doug is based in San Diego.

Sharon Worcester
Sharon Worcester is an award-winning reporter who has been covering health care since 1992. She first joined the Southeast bureau in 1996 after working as a daily newspaper reporter covering government and health, and spent the next 13 years covering medical research and continuing medical education meetings across the country and around the world. She rejoined the company in 2015 after a 5-year stint as a freelance reporter and writer. She has a master of arts degree in mass communication and print journalism from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Sharon is based in Birmingham, Alabama

Mitchel L. Zoler joined the Philadelphia bureau in 1992 and since then has covered more than 300 medical research meetings around the world. Previously, he covered medicine and science for publications including Medical World News, Cardiology Times, Urology Times, Hospital Practice, and Science Digest. A fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement of Science landed him at Newsweek early in his career. Mitchel has a Ph.D. in microbiology and did post-doc work in virology. He reports from Brussels. Follow him on Twitter @mitchelzoler.


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