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  • Ilana Rachel Yurkiewicz

    Ilana Rachel Yurkiewicz

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Hematology
    Fellow in Medicine

    BioI am a fellow physician specializing in hematology and oncology. I spend my time directly caring for patients, advocating for them as a medical journalist, and researching ways to improve their lives.

    My research focus is in hematological malignancies and cancer survivorship. I explore questions relating to clinical outcomes, quality of life, and improving integration between oncology and primary care.

    As a writer, I strive to bridge the gaps between academic medicine and everyday lives. I am a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow, and I was a regular columnist for Scientific American and MDEdge. My writing has also appeared in Undark Magazine, Health Affairs, STAT News, Aeon Magazine, Science Progress, and The News & Observer and has been republished in The Atlantic and The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

    I have an academic interest in bioethics. I interned with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and I have done ethics research on return of incidental findings in medicine and research. My ethics papers have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Penn Bioethics Journal, and Ivy Journal of Ethics.

    I’ve also done research in genomics and bioinformatics and the use of telemedicine to augment subspecialty care.

    Above all else, I am passionate about providing thoughtful, compassionate, and holistic care for my patients.