Dana Cook Grossman
Dana Cook Grossman is the director of publications emerita for Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), now the Geisel School of Medicine. She retired from Dartmouth in 2011 and since then has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. She specializes in making complex subjects accessible and appealing to a wide variety of audiences. She has edited the work of Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. senators, and governors.
She held the position of director of publications at DMS from June 1986 to December 2011; the post included serving as the editor of DARTMOUTH MEDICINE, a general-audience quarterly magazine that during her tenure won dozens of awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Writers' Association, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Under her leadership, DARTMOUTH MEDICINE was also a leader in establishing an online presence and in its use of multimedia.
During her 25 years at DMS, Dana also handled many special communications projects. She worked closely with medical historian Constance Putnam on two major books—a biography of DMS's founder (Improve Perfect and Perpetuate: Dr. Nathan Smith and Early American Medical Education) and a history of DMS (The Science We Have Loved and Taught: Dartmouth Medical School's First Two Centuries), published by University Press of New England in 1998 and 2004, respectively. She was the coeditor, with Dr. Heinz Valtin, of Great Issues for Medicine in the 21st Century: Ethical and Social Issues Arising out of Advances in the Biomedical Sciences, published in 1999 by the New York Academy of Sciences. In addition, for various periods, she coordinated communications for the DMS bicentennial, observed in 1997; oversaw media relations for the Medical School; led the creation of the DMS/Dartmouth-Hitchcock annual report; directed the Dartmouth Community Medical School; and served as the editor of the DMS Alumni News & Notes, a newsletter for alumni of DMS.
Dana was very active with professional organizations as well. She was the cofounder, in 1988, of the Ivy-Atlantic Medical Alumni Magazine Association, a consortium of the magazine staffs of 15 top-ranked medical schools, and served three terms as the organization's president. She also held many positions in the Group on Institutional Advancement of the Association of American Medical Colleges—including as the Northeast Regional Chair and a member of the national steering committee; as a track chair for the group's annual meeting; as a member of its Communications Committee; as a judge several times in its Awards for Excellence Competition; on an ad hoc committee charged with assessing and updating the awards competition; and as a presenter or moderator at numerous meetings. In addition, she has served since 1999 as a member of the Editorial Board of Brown Medicine magazine.
From 1983 to 1986, Dana was associate editor of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, a publication for undergraduate alumni of Dartmouth College; before that, she was class notes editor of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. She began working for Dartmouth in 1975, when she was named assistant director of public relations for the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College's performing arts center. Her professional background also includes experience as director of public affairs at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, a community hospital in Lebanon, N.H., and as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Since her retirement from Dartmouth on December 31, 2011—after 36 years there—she has continued to work as a freelance editor, writer, and communications consultant for a variety of organizations, mostly nonprofits. She edited the website for a three-part 2014 PBS science series called Your Inner Fish; based on a best-selling book about the evolution of the human body, the series was produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She also oversaw—from conception through editing and production—the creation of a 116-page book, titled All Together Now, for Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. And her copyediting assignments have ranged from the Fall 2013 issue of UC San Francisco's UCSF Magazine and the 2013 issue of Columbia Public Health to a community cookbook.
In the writing arena, she wrote all the contents for the 2012 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center nursing annual report and a feature on regional relationships for a forthcoming issue of the quarterly Dartmouth-Hitchcock magazine, Imagine. She has written several short features for Dartmouth's online news site, Dartmouth Now, including pieces about neuroscientist Adina Roskies, digital music graduate student Andy Sarroff, and the use of social media in language classes. And she has also written several features for Vermont Law School's alumni magazine, Loquitur, including the Spring 2012 cover feature.
Dana holds an A.B. in political science from Brown University and in 1999 completed the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, a program for mid-career publishing professionals. She was also the 2012 winner of the National Punctuation Day Contest.
She has long been involved in civic activities as well, including serving on her town's school board for nine years and public library board for three years; serving for 13 years on the board of the Upper Valley Teacher Institute; teaching in an extracurricular journalism program for elementary schoolchildren; judging an annual regional robotics tournament; and volunteering as a nationally certified track and field official at the high school, college, and masters levels. In addition, she has volunteered since 2012 for a maternal and child health program in Kosovo, helping to edit the organization's quarterly newsletter.
Dana can be reached by e-mail at Dana.C.Grossman@Dartmouth.edu.