Steven Novella

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Steven Novella
Steven Novella 2008.jpg
Born (1964-07-29) July 29, 1964 (age 49)
Nationality American
Fields Clinical Neurology
Institutions Yale University School of Medicine
Alma mater Georgetown University

Steven P. Novella (born July 29, 1964) is an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Novella is best known for his involvement in the skeptical movement.

Professional background[edit]

Novella's academic specialization is in neuromuscular disease, including more specifically, neuropathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis, and the treatment of neuropathic pain.[1][2]

Novella received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, his fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, and was board certified in 1998.[2]

Medical skepticism[edit]

Novella is a medical advisor to Quackwatch,[3] an associate editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine,[4] and the executive editor of the blog Science-Based Medicine.[5] Among other topics, Novella has published on homeopathy[6][7] and AIDS denialism.[8] In 2009, he was the board chairman when the Institute for Science in Medicine was founded.[9] He has also taught two courses for The Teaching Company, one titled "Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us" and the other titled "Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills".

Skepticism[edit]

Novella is president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society and hosts that organization's podcast, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. He writes the monthly Weird Science column for the New Haven Advocate and contributes to several blogs. Novella has also appeared on several television programs, including Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.[10]

Novella was one of the first 200 to sign the Project Steve petition,[11] a tongue-in-cheek parody of the list of "scientists that doubt evolution" produced by creationists.

In January 2010 Novella was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.[12]

Novella keeps a blog, Neurologica, "your daily fix of neuroscience, skepticism and critical thinking".[13]

Latest JREF fellows. Tim Farley, Karen Stollznow, Steven Novella and Ray Hall. Portrait taken at The Amaz!ng Meeting TAM9 from Outer Space July 16, 2011

See also[edit]

On Kylie Sturgess's podcast panel during Skeptrack at Dragon Con

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the authors: A case of inherited erythromelalgia". Nature Clinical Practice Neurology. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b "YMG Physician Profile – Steven Novella". Yale Medical Group. Retrieved 2007-12-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Quackwatch – Scientific and Technical Advisors – Medical Advisors". Quackwatch. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Quackwatch – Publications for Sale – The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Science-Based Medicine – Editors". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ Novella S, Roy R, Marcus D, Bell IR, Davidovitch N, Saine A (2008). "A debate: homeopathy--quackery or a key to the future of medicine?". J Altern Complement Med 14 (1): 9–15. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0770. PMID 18199017. 
  7. ^ Gold PW, Novella S, Roy R, Marcus D, Bell I, Davidovitch N, Saine A (2008). "Homeopathy--quackery or a key to the future of medicine?". Homeopathy 97 (1): 28–33. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2007.12.002. PMID 18194763. 
  8. ^ Smith TC, Novella SP (2007). "HIV Denial in the Internet Era". PLoS Med 4 (8): e256. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040256. PMC 1949841. PMID 17713982. 
  9. ^ "Health Care Reform Bills Legitimize Quackery" (Press release). 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  10. ^ Episode 3-10: "Ghostbusters." See Season 3: 2005 on List of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episodes.
  11. ^ http://ncse.com/taking-action/list-steves
  12. ^ "Sixteen Notable Figures in Science and Skepticism Elected CSI Fellows". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  13. ^ Neurologica Blog http://theness.com/neurologicablog/

External links[edit]