Abby Norman

Abby Norman

Science writer and medical editor

Highlights

My job title might be 'writer/editor,' but at heart, I'm a deeply curious and enthusiastic researcher with a passion for science communication.

My research interests are ever-expanding and include the history of medicine, autism, biostatistics, epidemiology, and advances in medical technology (especially novel applications of bioluminescence!).

— Abby Norman

Experience

Abby has worked as a freelance science writer and medical editor for print and online publications for more than a decade.

Abby has been a patient advocate, board member, keynote speaker, and presenter at several conferences including Stanford University’s Stanford Medicine X and the Endometriosis Foundation of America's annual medical conference and Patient Day.

She’s also lent her experience to technical expert panels through the National Partnership for Women and Families’ CORE Network (including Yale University), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR).

Abby is also the author of ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain, which was published in 2018 by Bold Type Books (Hachette Book Group) with advance praise from Gillian Anderson, Lindsey Fitzharris, Jenny Lawson, and Padma Lakshmi. The book received critical praise from The New York Times Book Review, NPR, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times, and many international media outlets.

Education

Abby has completed courses in medical writing and editing through the American Medical Writers Association, received Health Coach training through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College, Health Literacy training through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication training through the CDC, and COVID-19 Contact Tracing training through Johns Hopkins University. She has held past credentials in FEMA-certified HAZMAT Ops (level 3, hospital-based) and American Heart Association Basic Life Support.

Verywell Health Editorial Process

Verywell Health is an award-winning online resource for reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information on the medical topics that matter most to you. We take a human approach to health and wellness content and reach more than 300 million readers annually.

Our editorial team includes writers, editors, and fact checkers who make sure our information is clear, accurate, and useful so you can make confident choices about your health.

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, from physicians to medical journalists to patients/patient advocates. These individuals are specifically selected for their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.

Our team of qualified and experienced fact checkers provide a critical step in our commitment to content integrity. Fact checkers rigorously review articles for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We use only the most current and reputable primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations.

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