Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, MD

Distinguished Writer in Residence

Ivan Oransky, MD, Distinguished Writer In Residence, has taught medical reporting in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program since 2002. He is editor in chief of Spectrum and co-founder of Retraction Watch, a site that reports on scientific integrity, fraud, and other issues. The site’s work has been cited by news outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and in 2020 it was named one of NewsGuard’s “Unsung Heroes” who “are models in producing content that is truthful, compelling, credible, and transparent.”

Ivan previously was vice president of editorial at Medscape, global editorial director of MedPage Today, executive editor of Reuters Health, and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. A 2012 TEDMED speaker, he is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Medal for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association, and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil laws from The University of the South (Sewanee). Ivan has also taught at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and has written for publications from Nature to the New York Times. As of September 2017, he serves as president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

 

Published Works

Knowable Magazine
Question the ‘lab leak’ theory. But don’t call it a conspiracy.
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
European Heart Journal
Retractions in medicine: the tip of the iceberg
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
IOS Press
Will Improvements in Health Journalism Improve Health Literacy?
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Wired
Science Journals Are Purging Racist, Sexist Work. Finally
Ivan Oransky, MD (with Adam Marcus)
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Taylor Francis Online
An “alarming” and “exceptionally high” rate of COVID-19 retractions?
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Columbia Journalism Review
Op-ed: Covering science at dangerous speeds
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Wired
The Science of This Pandemic Is Moving at Dangerous Speeds
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
BioMed Central
Three randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of “spin” in health news stories reporting studies of pharmacologic treatments on patients’/caregivers’ interpretation of treatment benefit
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
The Washington Post
Trump gets something right about science, even if for the wrong reasons
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
The Washington Post
More science than you think is retracted. Even more should be.
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
American Scientist
Reasonable Versus Unreasonable Doubt
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
JAMA
Institutional Research Misconduct Reports Need More Credibility
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
BMJ Journals
Interpretation of health news items reported with or without spin: protocol for a prospective meta-analysis of 16 randomised controlled trials
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
The Verge
Why are scientists filing lawsuits against their critics?
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Slate
Bad Incentives Push Universities to Protect Rogue Scientists
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
The Conversation
Should scientists engage in activism?
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
Vox
Why science news embargoes are bad for the public
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence
American Medical Association
How Publish or Perish Promotes Inaccuracy in Science—and Journalism
Ivan Oransky, MD
Distinguished Writer in Residence