For almost three decades Dr. Nancy Snyderman has combined dual careers as a head and neck cancer surgeon and network television correspondent to become one of the most trusted voices in medical communication. She has traveled the world extensively for ABC News and NBC News, reporting from some of the world’s most troubled areas. Her reporting has garnered the industry’s most distinguished honors including Emmy Awards, DuPont, Edward R Murrow and a Gracie award. She is routinely called upon to explain some of the most complicated scientific breakthroughs to the public via television, radio, and print.

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HPV – The Cancer Prevention Vaccine

I am unapologetic about my belief in the overall importance, efficacy, and safety of vaccinations.   I believe that vaccinations were the greatest scientific breakthrough of the past century, even surpassing the role of antibiotics. And while most of us think of vaccinations for preventing infections like measles, polio, and influenza, they are increasingly playing roles […]

A Hard Won Victory Over Ebola

The past two years have been painful for the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The first case of Ebola was diagnosed in Guinea in 2013 and the world watched in horror as this flamboyant virus jumped from countryside to city, and then hopped via airplane to surrounding nations and even to […]

Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter

So here I sit on January 2nd, trying to figure out whether I should bother with a New Year’s resolution since I have never made one before that has lasted 365 days. But then it dawns on me that making a resolution has nothing to do with the length of time that it lasts. It […]

The Day That Changed My Life Forever

It was on a poker hot July afternoon 27 years ago when I drove from Little Rock, Ark., three hours west to the small town of Fort Smith. Just 48 hours earlier, a 16-year-old-girl had delivered a baby and knew throughout the pregnancy that she would be giving the baby up for adoption. That drive […]

From Physician to Healer

Every doctor goes through a transformation from physician to healer. In medical school, we memorize and regurgitate information; as interns and residents, we strain to learn every new procedure. As young doctors, we keep patients at arm’s length and try simply to cure them. We can’t know then what we will come to realize later […]

Skin Cancer and Early Detection

Two technologies — MelaFind and dermatoscopy — use light waves and sophisticated data analysis to diagnose suspicious lesions. In a 2011 study, MelaFind was able to detect 98 percent of melanomas, compared with 78 percent by a dermatologist’s examination alone. Because melanoma can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable, […]

When Being a Woman Can Make Healthcare Tougher

The good manners that our mothers taught us, those manners that help us in social situations and open up doors and allow us to have a lovely conversation at a dinner party, those same manners do not serve us well when we are advocating for someone who needs help. Sometimes you need to put the […]

The Statistics Of Caregiving

A year after my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to live near me in Princeton, NJ, I became of almost 44 million American adults caring for an older friend or family member. Statistics show that caregivers tending to patients who are loved ones add an average of 20 hours a week to an already […]

Ebola In A Parallel Universe

A rap came on the hotel room door. It was our head of security — a big, sweating, burly man — who said our security detail had abandoned us because my cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, had tested positive for Ebola. Three weeks before our arrival in Liberia, eight members of an Ebola outreach team, several journalists among […]

My Life As A Caregiver

‘When my father fell ill, I put my own life and health on hold to save his. It wasn’t easy’ Nine years ago my siblings and I decided it was time for our parents to live closer to family. So at the ages of 80 and 84, my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I […]