Ivan Oransky is the executive editor of Reuters Health, and has done pioneering work in covering scientific retractions.
Ivan Oransky is a doctor-turned reporter. With an MD and an internship completed, he left to cover heath and health care, bringing the insight of a trained doctor to the beat. He is now executive editor of Reuters Health, and also teaches journalism and medicine at New York University.
He is also the co-founder of Retraction Watch a blog that tracks and investigates retractions in scientific journals, and it's sister-site, Embargo Watch, doing the same for reporting on scientific papers.
“Most [doctors] are in a fee-for-service system. They are incentivized to do more — procedures, tests, prescribe medications.”
“[In medical school] I didn't have a course called How to Think Skeptically.”
“Every year we're spending more than two trillion dollars on healthcare, and yet 100,000 people a year are dying not because of the conditions they have, but because of the treatments that we're giving them.”
“You all have a universally fatal condition. It's called pre-death.”