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Dr. Holly G. Atkinson    

Award-winning Medical Journalist, Public Speakers, Professor at CUNY School of Medicine

Dr. Holly Atkinson is an award-winning medical journalist and a gifted and noted public speaker. With extensive experience as a medical correspondent - including assignments with NBC's Today Show, CBS Morning News, Lifetime Medical Television, and the PBS health show Bodywatch - she has engaged national audiences on a wide range of medical topics for over 20 years. She is the author of the best-selling book Women and Fatigue.

Dr. Atkinson is assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, as well as adjunct professor of public health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also medical editor-in-chief of Everydayhealth.com, one of the top health sites on the web, and consults with a number of start-up healthcare companies through KSR Associates, a privately held firm that excels in corporate development, capital formation, and mergers and acquisition intermediation.

Dr. Atkinson devotes considerable time to a number of nonprofit organizations and charities. She is a past president of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its effort to eradicate landmines. In 1995, Dr. Atkinson conducted a medical mission to Bosnia where she documented the health effects of landmines on civilians. In 2005, she traveled to Uganda on PHR's behalf to help organize local physicians to address the HIV/AIDs epidemic. She has also served on the board of Legal Momentum, the nation's oldest and largest women's civil rights organization.

Dr. Holly Atkinson brings a unique blend of experience and skill to her work and speaking. She combines business acumen, media savvy, editorial proficiency, and medical expertise to motivate her audiences to lead health-conscious lives.

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The 5 Keys to Optimal Health

"Good Health" doesn't just consist of the lack of illness and being in good physical shape. Optimal health is only achieved when an individual maximizes five key dimensions in his or her life. Dr. Atkinson will explore these five dimensions of optimal well being, offering practical advice from recent medical research mixed with pearls of wisdom handed down through the ages for improving one's emotional, social, intellectual, physical and spiritual well being. "The 5 Keys to Optimal Health" is down-to-earth, warm, funny, and inspirational with loads of take home messages for both sexes and all ages.

Medicine and The Media

With over 15 years of experience as a medical journalist, Dr. Holly Atkinson gives a fascinating talk on medicine and the media. She explores the challenges that consumers face today in sorting through the glut of medical information reported by the nation's press. One week the headlines rave about the benefits of antioxidant vitamins or calcium; the next week theyre panned. Does a low-fat diet protect you against disease or not? So, how much exercise do you really need? Should menopausal women ever take hormones? Dr. Atkinson gives practical tips on how to read the medical news and sort through the clutter, and in the process, gives answers to many of burning questions that the health conscious audience is dying to ask.

Best Medical Treatments for Women

For decades, the medical establishment ignored many diseases of women, conducted medical experiments with only male subjects and virtually failed to recognize the role of gender in healthcare. In this speech, Dr. Atkinson brings the audience up to date on the latest in women's health: what's hot, what's not, what's controversial and what questions women need to ask their doctors. In the question and answer period that follows, she fields questions about the best medical treatments for women; for heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, weight loss, menopause and more. Not to be missed!

Consumer Health Care Trends and the Internet

The consumer revolution continues to alter the healthcare landscape. And of course, it is now fueled by the power of the Internet. Having worked in the Internet space since 1993, Dr. Atkinson explores the current consumer healthcare trends, especially those driven by the worldwide web. The Web is empowering patients today in a way that is causing radical shifts in how healthcare is practiced and delivered. Information, education, chat forums, blogs, support groups, drugs on line, eprescribing, direct-to-consumer lab and genetic testing, report card medicineall of this instantaneously at your fingertips. In this speech, Dr. Atkinson explores the world of health on the web and explains how it is revolutionizing healthcare. She delivers this speech for both a consumer and a business audience to rave reviews.

Women and Fatigue

Dr. Atkinson wrote what's now considered the definitive book on the subject. After 20 years, Women and Fatigue is still going strong, and Dr. Atkinson is still getting standing ovations from audiences when she delivers this incredibly inspirational speech. Fatigue is a very real problem for women that, too often, families and physicians fail to take seriously. Dr. Atkinson stresses -- to the great relief of women -- that fatigue is not a figment of the imagination. Most of time, there are several causes of a woman's fatigue and the good news is that something can be done about them. Dr. Atkinson shares with the audience the major energy drainers and major energy boosters, and gives countless practical tips on how to tip the balance in favor of the boosters. Every woman will come away from this speech having laughed a lot, and learned a lot not only about how to conquer her fatigue, but how to live her best life.

Conquering Heart Disease

Although we've made significant inroads against heart disease in the last 25 years, it is still the leading killer of American men and women. Dr. Atkinson shares with the audience the latest facts about heart disease, the recent revised weight recommendations, practical advice about diet and exercise and ways to manage stress and anger. This presentation can be specifically tailored to women, who still too often believe that only men have heart attacks. In the women-only event, Dr. Atkinson focuses on the role that estrogen plays in protecting a woman's heart, and whether or not taking hormone replacement therapy after menopause is a good idea especially in light of the new findings of the Women's Health Initiative Study. This presentation will be followed by a very lively question and answer period.

Health and Human Rights

As we enter the 21st Century, the belief in human rights as fundamental to life everywhere on the globe has taken center stage. Violations of human rights have a particularly devastating effect on people's mental and physical health. As Past President of the non-profit group, Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Atkinson gives a fascinating talk on the intersection of Health and Human Rights. She argues passionately that by protecting and promoting human rights both home and abroad, we can have a major impact on protecting and promoting health: our own health, the health of our children and the health and well-being of our planet. Promoting human rights is not just a luxury, but a necessity that is in our own best interest. Dr. Atkinson delivers this presentation for college audiences, business audiences and health care professionals.

The Five Keys to Optimal Health

"Good Health" doesn't just consist of the lack of illness and being in good physical shape. Optimal health is only achieved when an individual maximizes five critical dimensions in her or his life. Dr. Atkinson explores these five dimensions of optimal well being, offering practical advice from recent medical research mixed with pearls of wisdom handed down through the ages for improving one's emotional, social, intellectual, physical and spiritual well being. "The Five Keys" is down-to-earth, warm, funny, and inspirational with loads of take home messages for both sexes and all ages.

Consumers: Their Wish, It's Your Command

The consumer revolution continues to alter the healthcare landscape. In her presentation, Dr. Holly Atkinson explores the major consumer trends in the marketplace, describes the impact these trends are having on the practice and delivery of healthcare, and discusses the impact consumers' wishes should have on healthcare organizations. Healthcare executives and clinicians have given this speech rave reviews because Dr. Atkinson is insightful in her criticism, funny in her presentation and inspirational about the possibilities for change.

Breast Health and Wellness

With breast cancer one of the leading cancer killers of women, it especially important for today's women to understand breast health and wellness. Dr. Atkinson gives an information and delightful talk on the female breast and how to take care of it! The audience will learn about the normal anatomy and physiology of the breast (who ever taught us?), the signs and symptoms of common conditions and diseases of the breast and warning signs of breast cancer. Most importantly, the audience will learn how to maintain good breast health, gain an appreciation of self-exam, clinical examination, and mammography, and learn what steps to take if they note any changes.

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News


Congestive Heart Failure « CBS New York

Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh and Dr. Holly Atkinson. Last Review Date: 02/06/ 2013. Host Reviewer: Dr. Holly Atkinson. Author: Brendan Anderer. Copyright ...

Congestive Heart Failure « CBS New York

Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh and Dr. Holly Atkinson. Last Review Date: 02/06/ 2013. Host Reviewer: Dr. Holly Atkinson. Author: Brendan Anderer. Copyright ...

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