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Medical Editors

Working with medical editorsfor refining grants & manuscripts
The Edge Team has vetted the medical editors and career coaches listed below. Each has worked multiple times with Vanderbilt faculty and received positive feedback.

If you work with a vetted editor or career coach, please send feedback to the Edge team. Have you worked with someone new who you would recommend? Let us know that too!

upcoming Medical Editors events [ view all events ]
May 28, 2024 | 11:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
May 30, 2024 | 10:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
August 20, 2024 | 8:00 am (In-Person) Camp Widjiwagan, Percy Priest Lake
Faculty Life
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
Mid career faculty
Senior faculty
September 16, 2024 | 9:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Todd Edwards | 2525 West End, 6 Floor boardroom
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
January 13, 2025 | 9:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Todd Edwards | 2525 West End, 6 Floor boardroom
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
February 12, 2025 | 8:00 am (In-Person) Student Life Center
Doing Research
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
Mid career faculty
Senior faculty
Paper-Writing Checklists
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Medical Editors
Sarah Dobson, MSc

Sarah Dobson is an editor, grant writer, and writing coach based in Vancouver, BC.

Sarah has an MSc in community health from the Université de Montréal. She has worked in research management and grant facilitation in academic institutions across Canada for more than a decade.

Sarah has provided services and workshops to many people at VUMC.


Grant Writing Fundamentals Workshop

How Study Section Works

Crystal Herron, PhD, ELS

Crystal Herron, PhD is an editor, educator, coach, and speaker who helps scientists and clinicians communicate with clear, concise, and compelling writing.

Her clients have included members of the National Academies and Nobel Prize winners.


The Guiding Principle in Scientific Writing

Kim Korwek, PhD

Kimberly Korwek, PhD. completed her doctoral training in neuroscience from Vanderbilt and has since worked in medical writing and communications. With tweleve years in the medical writing field, she has worked with authors in a variety of fields on topics ranging from basic and translational research to clinical practice and health services.

Kim provides comprehensive editing for manuscripts from substantive editing, which includes refining logic/organization, improving style and flow, and clarifying meaning, copy editing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency of word choice, etc.) plus checks for adherence to journal guidelines. She can also provide additional assistance, such as drafting cover letters or responding to reviewer comments.


How to Use a Scientific/Medical Writer for Your Papers

Carol E. Lorenz, PhD

Carol E. Lorenz, PhD has more than 14 years’ experience in grant and federal contract writing, reviewing, and editing, and manuscript/article editing. She has worked with PIs and teams from multiple universities, having written or edited more than 150 proposals, manuscripts, and articles. She has a PhD in Community Psychology and is a retired physical therapist, athletic trainer, and paramedic. Dr. Lorenz holds both the Essential Skills and the advanced Composition and Publication certificates from the American Medical Writer’s Association.

Dr. Lorenz lists the following as her areas of expertise: use of plain language; generalist in multiple health areas; process development and documentation; familiarity with large NIH grants such as P, U, and T types as well as federal contract RFPs that involve business and technical proposals; manuscript/article review and editing; grant pacing; and writing from the reader’s perspective.


Mapping the Path for a K or R Submission

Career Coaches
Ava Thompson Greenwell, PhD

Ava Thompson Greenwell, PhD is an author, documentary filmmaker, podcaster, leadership life coach and journalism professor with more than 25 years of experience teaching at Northwestern University.

Greenwell is the author of Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News. She also hosts Ladies Leading, the podcast.

She is director of Mandela in Chicago, a documentary film about the city’s anti-apartheid movement that was broadcast on WTTW.

Greenwell is also executive producer of a documentary highlighting the contributions of Black women academics at Northwestern.

The former television news reporter leads workshops on how to manage microaggressions in the workplace.

Debra Fish, PsyD

Prior to establishing Fish Executive Leadership Group in 2011, Dr. Fish served as director of tGCP, a Pennsylvania-based firm that delivered strategy advance consulting and addressed development needs with rising executives at Fortune 500 clients. Dr. Fish earlier spent several years working in corporate management, giving her a hands-on view of how national and global firms operate. She also headed her own consulting psychology practice, which focused on the needs of large corporate clients.

A Nashville native, Dr. Fish earned a B.S. in Human Development at Vanderbilt University, a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Doctor of Psychology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology. She lives in Nashville with her family and a small menagerie of fish and dogs.

Sharon Hull, MD

Sharon Hull, MD has worked as a physician and held leadership roles in clinical medicine, academia, research and teaching for over 30 years.

In that time, she has been overwhelmed and overworked. She has made not-so-good decisions and felt the consequences. She has struggled to make time for herself and her family.

She has also picked herself back up and achieved more success than she ever dreamed possible. And through her 10 years as an executive coach, she has helped countless others achieve their own goals.

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