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.

Brook Simpson, Senior Publications Manager
Brook received her BA in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. She began working in the publications department of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in 2006 as an editorial assistant for the journals Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH). She is now the social media manager for the journals, assistant managing editor for CGH, and managing editor of Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TIGE). Brook is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.

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.

Erin Landis, Vice President of Publications
Erin received her BA in psychology from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and began her career at the AGA in 2000. Erin oversees the editorial and financial operations, as well as the strategic direction, of the AGA’s portfolio of publications. In partnership with the editors and AGA’s publishing partners, she ensures that the publications maintain and advance their standing in the GI community and align with the AGA strategic plan. She also develops publication policies, oversees the development and implementation of new initiatives, and manages the periodicals’ marketing activities. Erin is a board member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Council of Science Editors, and American Society for Association Executives.

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Lora T. McGlade, Managing Editor of GI and Hepatology News, earned a B.S. in biological sciences from Cornell University and an M.S. in journalism from Syracuse University. She did bacterial genetic and murine oncogenetic research at the National Institutes of Health and was a technical editor at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition before working for the company on a freelance basis for several years.

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.


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.

Bruce Jancin has brought our readers news of the major medical developments for more than 30 years. Bruce covers medical research and continuing education meetings around the world and is based in Denver.

Kari Oaks
Kari Oakes joined Frontline Medical Communications as part of the Midwest bureau in 2015. In addition to covering major medical conferences for a number of clients and working as an academic editor, she has been a practicing physician assistant in family medicine, emergency medicine, urgent care, and neurology. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, and has a degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gregory Twachtman is a Washington-based reporter covering health policy and economic trends. Prior to joining Frontline Medical Communications in April 2014, Gregory spent nearly eight years covering pharmaceutical reimbursement, comparative effectiveness research and health information technology at "The Pink Sheet." He has been a reporter for more than 17 years, covering a wide variety of topics, including wireless and satellite telecommunications, commercial nuclear power and the commercial airline industry. Gregory graduated in 1996 from St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, N.Y., with a Bachelors of Science in accounting.

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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