MAUREEN O’Sullivan is a senior medical writer for Hudson Medical Communications in Tarrytown, New York, a medical communications firm that provides strategic marketing, scientific communications and interactive educational services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
O’Sullivan has enjoyed a long and interesting career in the field of medical and scientific publishing. She was the first editor for Scientific American Medicine (SAM), a 2,000-page text book in internal medicine geared towards physicians that was launched in 1978.
Within a few years O’Sullivan was managing editor, and SAM, under her guidance, became one of the top four medical textbooks.
O’Sullivan has also launched a consumer newsletter, Cancer Smart, for Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
For several years she wrote for the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, a publication that reported on medical breakthroughs for the treatment and prevention of common disorders that interfere with normal aging. O’Sullivan also produced a newsletter for the New York Blood Center describing research by the center’s scientists in such areas as leukemia, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.
A native of New York City, O’Sullivan attended NYU and earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a master’s degree in biology from Hunter College. Her father is a native of Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon, and her mother hailed from Leenane, Co. Galway. Her husband Jeff O’Sullivan, who founded Geoffrey Personnel Agency, is a native of Cullen, Co. Cork. They have one daughter, Aisling.
“My parents had a great sense of humor and a love of language, qualities I’ve always associated with being Irish. I’ve always felt a strong connection to Ireland, and I and my family visit there as often as we can,” O’Sullivan says.
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