Nancy Snyderman

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Nancy Snyderman,
MD
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Alma mater  • Indiana University
 • University of Nebraska Medical Center
Occupation Journalist; physician
Children 3

Nancy L. Snyderman (born 1952) is an American physician, author, and broadcast journalist. She served as a medical correspondent for ABC News for 15 years, and since 2006 she has been the chief medical editor for NBC News, frequently appearing on the Today show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC to discuss medical-related issues. Snyderman is also on the staff of the otolaryngology-head and neck surgery department at the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Snyderman launched her own website where she answers health and medical questions. She is a co-founder of CarePlanners, a service that helps people navigate the healthcare system.

Snyderman's medical work has been widely published in peer reviewed journals and she has authored five books. She has received numerous awards for her medical broadcast reporting and she has been the recipient of many research grants.

Snyderman lives in Princeton, New Jersey. She is married and has three children.

Early life, education, and family[edit]

Snyderman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Joy Snyderman, a housewife, and Sandy Snyderman, a physician.[1] She has a younger brother who is a physician as well.[2] She grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where she graduated from South Side High School in 1970. She attended Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology. Snyderman went on to attend medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, located in Omaha, Nebraska, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from its College of Medicine in 1977.[3] She presently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Doug. She has three children, Kate,[4] Rachel, and Charlie.

Snyderman states that she knew already in the third grade that she wanted to be a physician when her father brought her with him on his Sunday hospital rounds. She counts her father and mother and one of her instructors, Eugene Meyers, the chief of surgery in Pittsburgh, as her mentors. She says that Meyers "taught me how to be a really good surgeon. He invested time in me; and it's a lot for him that I vowed no matter what my other careers were, I would never give up medicine."[3]

In 2011, while appearing as a panel member discussing rape on the NBC Today show, Snyderman disclosed that she was raped at gunpoint when she was a sophomore in college. Snyderman stated, "I was attacked in 1970 as a college girl and I did everything wrong. I didn’t come forward. I waited too long. And by the time I would have come forward a [defense attorney] could have skewered me with questions. So I have great sensitivity for young women who have been raped.” She suggested to women: “If you are an adult and you want to take the shame off of rape, one of the bravest things you can do as a woman is to come forward and say I accuse you - and I’m going to do it publicly.”[5]

Career[edit]

Snyderman followed up her training with medical residencies in both pediatrics and otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. She moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, joining the surgical staff at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1983, specializing in throat and neck cancers.[6]

She began her broadcasting career in 1984 at KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock. She served as a medical correspondent for ABC News for 15 years,[6] and was a contributor to 20/20, Primetime, and Good Morning America. Before leaving ABC News, she was a frequent substitute co-host on Good Morning America.[7]

Snyderman also served as vice president of consumer education for the health care corporation Johnson & Johnson, where she headed "Understanding Health", an educational initiative which focused on public education about health and medicine.[8]

In 1988, she moved to San Francisco, California where she practiced head and neck surgery at the University of California San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center. She later served as a medical correspondent for KPIX-TV in San Francisco in the 1990s.

Snyderman joined NBC News as its chief medical editor in September 2006. Her reports have appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline NBC, MSNBC and MSNBC.com. She hosted the MSNBC program Dr. Nancy, in 2009.[9] She served as a sports desk reporter for NBC Sports coverage of both the 2008 Summer Olympics.[10] and the 2014 Winter Olympics. She has reported on wide-ranging medical topics affecting both men and women, and has traveled the world extensively, reporting from many of the world's most-troubled areas.[11]

In 2013, Snyderman launched her own website where she answers health and medical questions, takes suggestions for upcoming story ideas for NBC, and contributes a daily video and written blog.[12]

Snyderman is a co-founder of CarePlanners, a service that helps people navigate the healthcare system. She states that she understood the need for a service like CarePlanners after she became responsible for her parent’s care in 2005.[13]

Recognition[edit]

Snyderman has received numerous awards for her medical broadcast reporting, including several Emmy Awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award, and a Gracie Award. In 1986 she received an award for in-depth reporting from KARK-TV, and an Associated Press award for "best documentary" for her work on sex education in Arkansas in 1987. She received the "Distinguished Service Award" from the American Academy of Otolaryngology's Head and Neck Surgery Foundation in 1998. Among many recent honors, in 2001 she received the Athena Award from the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University for her work in the field of women's health. Also in 2001, she earned the Trailblazer Award from the American Women in Radio and Television for furthering the knowledge of women's health on a national level.[6]

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