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Senior on-air Medical Correspondent and Chief Medical Editor of HealthiNation, the leading digital consumer health video network, Dr. Holly Atkinson has been lecturing on wellness for over two decades. She combines her medical knowledge with considerable media experience–she holds degrees in both medicine and journalism–and also has a wide range of international business experience. She has worked across the media in print, television and on the web, bringing her insights to both medical professionals and consumers.

Dr. Atkinson has appeared on NBC's Today show, CBS Morning News, Lifetime Medical television and the PBS health show Bodywatch as a medical correspondent. She began her career in television working as a researcher for CBS on Walter Cronkite's Universe Show. She is the founder, president and CEO of Reuters Health Information Inc, which provides health news to media outlets around the world.

In print media, Dr. Atkinson has written a regular health column for New Woman magazine and features for The South Beach Diet Newsletter. Her book Women and Fatigue is a bestseller and she has had a web presence as resident physician on the leading sites Dr.Weil.com and iVillageHealth.com. Working for the Massachusetts Medical Society, she was a member of the original team on Journal Watch, a monthly précis of the latest medical research findings for practicing physicians. The Society then invited her to launch HealthNews, a consumer health newsletter, of which she became Editor in Chief. She went on to help found Everydayhealth.com, a leading health website, of which she became Medical Editor in Chief as well as contributing regular columns.

Dr. Atkinson demonstrates her belief in public service with work for not-for-profit organizations and charities; she has been president of Physicians for Human Rights, the organization that shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its work on landmine eradication. She has led investigations in Bosnia into the effects of landmines on civilians. Organizations of which she has served on the boards include the oldest and largest women's civil rights organization in the USA, Legal Momentum, the American Heart Association and the Society for Women's Health Research.

Dr. Atkinson holds an MS degree in Journalism from the Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BS in Biology from Colgate University. She gained her NDA from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the American Medical Women's Association. Among her awards are the National Council of Women's Young Achievers Award, the Society for Women's Health Research's Communications Achievement Award in Women's Health (presented by Hillary Rodham Clinton) the Physicians for Human Rights' Health and Human Rights Award and the Unitarian Universalist's UN Award for Human Rights.

Full Profile

Dr. Atkinson, a well-known media personality and a gifted speaker, has engaged audiences on achieving wellness for more than 20 years. She is the senior on-air Medical Correspondent and Chief Medical Editor of HealthiNation, the leading digital consumer health video network. Dr. Atkinson is also Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

With degrees in both medicine and journalism, she possesses a unique blend of experience and skill—medical expertise, media savvy and business acumen. Dr. Atkinson has worked in print, broadcast television and web-based technologies for both consumers and medical professionals and has extensive international business experience.

Dr. Atkinson has a broad range of experience as a medical correspondent, including assignments with NBC’s Today show, CBS Morning News, Lifetime Medical Television, and the PBS health show BodyWatch, having jump started her career in TV as a researcher for Walter Cronkite’s Universe Show on CBS. For more than 10 years, Dr. Atkinson worked as Senior Vice President for Lifetime Medical Television. Then, as an entrepreneur, she helped to found and ultimately became President and CEO of Reuters Health Information, Inc., a leading international health news agency. She has recently been a frequent guest on ABC News Now.

Dr. Atkinson is an accomplished author, having written the best-selling book Women and Fatigue. She wrote a regular health column for New Woman magazine and feature pieces for The South Beach Diet Newsletter. Dr. Atkinson has been a resident physician on Dr.Weil.com and iVillageHealth.com, both leading web sites.

Dr. Atkinson was a member of the original team that launched Journal Watch, a monthly summary of important medical research findings developed for practicing physicians by Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), publisher of The New England Journal of Medicine. After writing for Journal Watch for seven years, the MMS asked her to help launch a consumer health newsletter, HealthNews. She became the founding Editor-in-Chief and remained at the helm of the newsletter for 12 years. Upon leaving HealthNews, she was founding Medical Editor-in-Chief of Everydayhealth.com, one of the leading health websites, and a regular columnist for the site.

Dr. Atkinson devotes considerable time to a number of not-for-profit organizations and charities. She is Past President of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that shared in 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. She has also served on the boards of Legal Momentum, the nation′s oldest and largest women’s civil rights organization; the American Heart Association; and the Society for Women’s Health Research.

She has received the National Council of Women’s Young Achievers Award; the Society for Women’s Health Research’s Communications Achievement Award in Women’s Health, presented by then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; the Physicians for Human Rights’ Health and Human Rights Award; and the Unitarian Universalist’s UN Award for Human Rights.

Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.


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Demo Video


Dr. Holly Atkinson, wellness expert, introduces her speech with her characteristic good humor. She explains, “I was looking at a survey recently which showed the main things that Americans are afraid of. You'd think that death would be number one, but actually it's right down at number seven. The thing that is actually at number one is public speaking; that means that most of you would rather be dead than up here where I am now."

In this speech, Holly quickly runs down the history of the difference in the life expectancy between men and women. "In the past 100 years we have come close to doubling life expectancy. That's really an extraordinary accomplishment. So here we are now. Women still are outliving men by about five years. You [men] have actually closed this gap a little bit. It used to be seven years; it's now down to five years."

Reviewing the latest developments in longevity, she tells the audience, “Here we are, women are still outliving men by about five years, we've closed the gap a little bit, it used to be seven years… I'm reminded of an editorial that an elderly British physician wrote recently in the British Medical Journal; he was asking the question why is it that women still outlive men and he went through all possible theories… at the end of the article he said we really still don't know, it must be in the genes, that men are cut out for a short brutal life and women a long miserable one."

Moving onto specific medical issues, she addresses issues surrounding inflammation. She asks, “What causes inflammation in our body? It has to be to do with our environment. If you look at our basic way of living, the food we eat, the lack of exercise, the high levels of stress, all of these underlie the pathology which is information leading to chronic disease."

She goes on to say "I'm reminded of an editorial that an elderly male physician wrote recently in a British Medical Journal. He was asking the question: "Why is it that women still outlive men?" And he went through all the possible theories and hypotheses as to why that's true and he got to the end of the article and he said: "You know what? We really still don't know." He said "It must be in the genes and that men are cut out for a short brutal life, and women for a long, miserable one."


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Dr. Holly Atkinson has a unique combination of medical expertise and media experience which combine for inspiring, practical and very accessible presentations. She speaks on a wide range of health issues to encourage her audience, particularly women, to take control of their own health and healthcare.

Among her most popular presentations are The 5 Keys to Maximum Health, in which she sets out her vision for better health and the avoidance of depression; in Women, Stress and Fatigue, she sets out the best solutions to the problems of stress and fatigue which are increasingly debilitating for American women; and Good Health in Hard Times, in which she shows participants how to seek out the best value healthcare in times of economic hardship.

MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS:

The 5 Keys to Maximum Health
We are living in “a land flowing with milk and honey,” and it’s killing us. Our Western lifestyle drives inflammation in the body, which plays a primary role in the development of our killer diseases. Our society also promotes shallow and self-centered behavior, leading to depression and despair.

Women, Stress and Fatigue: Best Solutions
Stress and fatigue are problems that increasingly plague American women. And too often, we are not taken seriously. Increased economic hardship —added to balancing work and family, caring for aging parents, and coping with the daily onslaught of demands, just to name a few—have all contributed to unprecedented levels of stress and fatigue.

Good Health in Hard Times
In this practical, reassuring and inspiring speech, Dr. Atkinson cuts through the clutter of information to give your audience the bottom line on achieving optimal health. She goes straight to the heart of matter, teaching participants where they’ll get the “biggest bang for their buck.”

ADDITIONAL CONSUMER KEYNOTES:

  • Be Your Own Chief Longevity Officer
  • Best Medical Treatments for Women
  • Conquering Heart Disease - How to Prevent the #1 Killer
  • Going Green, Going Healthy
  • How to Live The Long Good Life
  • The Best Diet for Women
  • The Obesity Epidemic: Why America is Overfed and Undernourished
  • The Third Body: Nurturing Your Relationships
  • Women, Chocolate and Sex
  • On Womenfluence - The Power of Women to Promote Maximum Health


Holly Atkinson Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “You were a huge hit with our attendees. Throughout the remainder of the conference, we heard women referring to tips you provided…Your presentation was informative, practical and delivered in an entertaining manner. Job well done!”
    Diane Windholz, Esq.
    Jackson Lewis LLP

    “I can′t convey to you fully how much I appreciate your making the inaugural public education venture of the Dayton Heart Hospital′s Heart Foundation the smash success that by all measures it was. We have been deluged by favorable comments and questions about the next event. Your talk was right on target and your message crystal clear."
    Dr. Sylvan Weinberg
    Dayton Heart Hospital Foundation

    "It was a great seminar on Saturday. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and wisdom. You will be thrilled with your evaluations. They are terrific.”
    Chris Summerfield
    Baptist Hospital East, Louisville, Kentucky

    “Everyone here is still talking about how lovely, polished and wonderful you are. We are so lucky to have had you! Your - message hit home to our community.”
    Catherine Hagan
    Carilion Health System, Roanoke, Virginia

    “We are still receiving rave reviews about your presentation! The women really appreciated your accessibility, your humor and your candor.”
    Betsy Hatfield
    Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation

    Your dedication as a medical journalist and advocate of human rights in striving for excellent patient care while being compassionate in our course of continuous learning, training and research was most encouraging. Our cancer patients, physicians and nursing staff express their gratitude. Your insight offered a heartwarming hopefulness in a most knowledgeable, personable and responsible way as we, here in our medical community, continue on our journey treating cancer.
    Gazi Abdulhay, M.D.
    Medical Director, Lehigh Valley Cancer Center

    "It was awesome. Dr. Atkinson was certainly the right choice for our group--she was intellegent, entertaining and very personable. Everyone enjoyed meeting her and becoming educated on women′s health issues."
    Jamie Pickrell
    Experience Events

    "Your presentations were thoughtful, sensitive to the audiences, and provided excellent guidance for those seeking to improve their lives. On top of all that, you were a delightful dinner guest on Saturday evening. Let′s keep in touch...and perhaps we can book you for a return engagement in 2005."
    Michael Traphagan
    Preferred Care

    "You did a fabulous job on Saturday and I′ve received so many compliments on your keynote address. A couple of people also approached me after the event inquiring for more information about you as they have events coming up! Your keynote address was so factual, real and motivating. As an attendee, you truly motivated me to make some positive changes in my lifestyle. You can count that I will be watching more carefully my diet and exercise! Thank you again for your help in making Healthy Women, Healthy Lives a successful event!"
    Michelle Vanderburg
    Presbyterian Healthcare System




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    “You were a huge hit with our attendees. Throughout the remainder of the conference, we heard women referring to tips you provided…Your presentation was informative, practical and delivered in an entertaining manner. Job well done!”
    Diane Windholz, Esq.
    Jackson Lewis LLP

    “I can′t convey to you fully how much I appreciate your making the inaugural public education venture of the Dayton Heart Hospital′s Heart Foundation the smash success that by all measures it was. We have been deluged by favorable comments and questions about the next event. Your talk was right on target and your message crystal clear."
    Dr. Sylvan Weinberg
    Dayton Heart Hospital Foundation

    "It was a great seminar on Saturday. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and wisdom. You will be thrilled with your evaluations. They are terrific.”
    Chris Summerfield
    Baptist Hospital East, Louisville, Kentucky

    “Everyone here is still talking about how lovely, polished and wonderful you are. We are so lucky to have had you! Your - message hit home to our community.”
    Catherine Hagan
    Carilion Health System, Roanoke, Virginia

    “We are still receiving rave reviews about your presentation! The women really appreciated your accessibility, your humor and your candor.”
    Betsy Hatfield
    Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation

    Your dedication as a medical journalist and advocate of human rights in striving for excellent patient care while being compassionate in our course of continuous learning, training and research was most encouraging. Our cancer patients, physicians and nursing staff express their gratitude. Your insight offered a heartwarming hopefulness in a most knowledgeable, personable and responsible way as we, here in our medical community, continue on our journey treating cancer.
    Gazi Abdulhay, M.D.
    Medical Director, Lehigh Valley Cancer Center

    "It was awesome. Dr. Atkinson was certainly the right choice for our group--she was intellegent, entertaining and very personable. Everyone enjoyed meeting her and becoming educated on women′s health issues."
    Jamie Pickrell
    Experience Events

    "Your presentations were thoughtful, sensitive to the audiences, and provided excellent guidance for those seeking to improve their lives. On top of all that, you were a delightful dinner guest on Saturday evening. Let′s keep in touch...and perhaps we can book you for a return engagement in 2005."
    Michael Traphagan
    Preferred Care

    "You did a fabulous job on Saturday and I′ve received so many compliments on your keynote address. A couple of people also approached me after the event inquiring for more information about you as they have events coming up! Your keynote address was so factual, real and motivating. As an attendee, you truly motivated me to make some positive changes in my lifestyle. You can count that I will be watching more carefully my diet and exercise! Thank you again for your help in making Healthy Women, Healthy Lives a successful event!"
    Michelle Vanderburg
    Presbyterian Healthcare System


Atkinson, a physician and former medical reporter for CBS, examines the physical, psychological, and life-style causes of tiredness and chronic fatigue in women and offers sensible, practical help. She discusses how to deal with the fatigue caused by the hormonal changes of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Further, she explores the role of diet and lack of sleep, reviews the beneficial effects of exercise. She encourages the circumspect use of alcohol and over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and warns against smoking. Some fatigue is normal, she stresses, but chronic fatigue should be viewed as a symptom and professional help sought. A comprehensive, useful book for general collections. Jodith Janes, University Hospitals of Cleveland Lib.

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"It was awesome. Dr. Atkinson was certainly the right choice for our group--she was intellegent, entertaining and very personable. Everyone enjoyed meeting her and becoming educated on women′s health issues."
Jamie Pickrell
Experience Events


MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS:

The 5 Keys to Maximum Health
We are living in “a land flowing with milk and honey,” and it’s killing us. Our Western lifestyle drives inflammation in the body, which plays a primary role in the development of our killer diseases. Our society also promotes shallow and self-centered behavior, leading to depression and despair.

Women, Stress and Fatigue: Best Solutions
Stress and fatigue are problems that increasingly plague American women. And too often, we are not taken seriously. Increased economic hardship —added to balancing work and family, caring for aging parents, and coping with the daily onslaught of demands, just to name a few—have all contributed to unprecedented levels of stress and fatigue.

Good Health in Hard Times
In this practical, reassuring and inspiring speech, Dr. Atkinson cuts through the clutter of information to give your audience the bottom line on achieving optimal health. She goes straight to the heart of matter, teaching participants where they’ll get the “biggest bang for their buck.”

ADDITIONAL CONSUMER KEYNOTES:

  • Be Your Own Chief Longevity Officer
  • Best Medical Treatments for Women
  • Conquering Heart Disease - How to Prevent the #1 Killer
  • Going Green, Going Healthy
  • How to Live The Long Good Life
  • The Best Diet for Women
  • The Obesity Epidemic: Why America is Overfed and Undernourished
  • The Third Body: Nurturing Your Relationships
  • Women, Chocolate and Sex
  • On Womenfluence - The Power of Women to Promote Maximum Health


Demo Video


Dr. Holly Atkinson, wellness expert, introduces her speech with her characteristic good humor. She explains, “I was looking at a survey recently which showed the main things that Americans are afraid of. You'd think that death would be number one, but actually it's right down at number seven. The thing that is actually at number one is public speaking; that means that most of you would rather be dead than up here where I am now."

In this speech, Holly quickly runs down the history of the difference in the life expectancy between men and women. "In the past 100 years we have come close to doubling life expectancy. That's really an extraordinary accomplishment. So here we are now. Women still are outliving men by about five years. You [men] have actually closed this gap a little bit. It used to be seven years; it's now down to five years."

Reviewing the latest developments in longevity, she tells the audience, “Here we are, women are still outliving men by about five years, we've closed the gap a little bit, it used to be seven years… I'm reminded of an editorial that an elderly British physician wrote recently in the British Medical Journal; he was asking the question why is it that women still outlive men and he went through all possible theories… at the end of the article he said we really still don't know, it must be in the genes, that men are cut out for a short brutal life and women a long miserable one."

Moving onto specific medical issues, she addresses issues surrounding inflammation. She asks, “What causes inflammation in our body? It has to be to do with our environment. If you look at our basic way of living, the food we eat, the lack of exercise, the high levels of stress, all of these underlie the pathology which is information leading to chronic disease."

She goes on to say "I'm reminded of an editorial that an elderly male physician wrote recently in a British Medical Journal. He was asking the question: "Why is it that women still outlive men?" And he went through all the possible theories and hypotheses as to why that's true and he got to the end of the article and he said: "You know what? We really still don't know." He said "It must be in the genes and that men are cut out for a short brutal life, and women for a long, miserable one."