About Me


Veronica Hackethal is a writer based in New York City. She is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Terminology.” Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NBCNews.com, Reuter's Health, Nature Medicine News, Medscape, Modern Medicine Network, Best Travel Writing, Literary Hub, Literary Traveler, Transitions Abroad, Matador, and others. 

Awards include the American Society for Journalists and Authors Early Career Scholarship (2013), Silver and Bronze Prizes in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards (2011), and Finalist in Transition Abroad’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest. 

Veronica graduated from Harvard University (AB Anthropology), Oxford University (MSc Anthropology), and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). 

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

  • Freelance Medical Journalist July 2013-current. Covering medical news for 

      Medscape, Reuters Health, Nature Medicine News, and Neurology Times,                                                                                                                                                                                     Endocrinology Network, Preventive Cardiology, The AIDS Reader, Rheumatology Network. Write 5-9 articles per week, develop relationships with key thought leaders, academic medical centers, professional medical societies, and governmental organizations

  • Areas covered: Neurology, Oncology, Diabetes, Cardiology, Obesity, Infectious Disease, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Urology, Pediatrics, Critical Care, Hematology/Immunology, Rheumatology, Health Services
  • Alpha Penguin, New York, NY

      Contract Health Writer, Dec 2012- May 2013. Authored “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Terminology.” Researched, designed the structure, and wrote the book (360 pages)

  • Bureau of Evidence Based Services, New York State Office of Mental Health New York, NY 
  • Staff Medical Writer. May 2008-Dec 2012. Public health initiative about improving quality of care for Medicaid recipients with serious mental illness. Planned and managed the project’s publications, grant applications, and presentations for professional conferences. Researched, wrote and edited articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals, CME, newsletters, press releases, patient education materials/brochures, physician training manuals, annual reports, and educational summaries of scientific articles about psychotropic polypharmacy and cardiometabolic issues
  • Medpedia, San Francisco, CA
  • Member of the launch team. April 2008-Aug 2008. Wrote, reviewed, and edited web content for medical web-encyclopedia backed by Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine  


  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY: Intern July 2006-June 2007
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY: Medical Doctorate (MD). May 2006 
  • Oxford University, Oxford, UK: Masters of Science (MSc) 1996. Biological Anthropology
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: Arts Baccalaureate (AB) 1994. Social Anthropology


  • American Society for Journalists and Authors Early Career Scholarship 2013. One of ten scholarship recipients selected nationwide
  •  Silver Prize in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards 2011
  • Bronze Prize in Travelers' Tales Solas Awards 2011
  • Finalist in Transition Abroad’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest 2009  
  • First Place in the American Association for Academic Psychiatry Medical Student Creative Writing Award 2005
  • Cum laude honors in Social Anthropology. Harvard University 1994. 
  • US Congressional Scholarship for All-Around Achievement, Harvard University 1990

Professional Licenses and Associations

  • New York State Medical License
  • Science Writers in New York (SWINY)
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)


  • Foreign Languages: Spanish (proficient); French (proficient); Italian (basic knowledge); German (basic knowledge)
  • Other: 12 years of training in classical ballet; Two-time finisher of the NYC Marathon (2006, 2007)