Katie Whitney
Editor, Medicine at Michigan

Katie Whitney is editor of Medicine at Michigan. Before joining Michigan Medicine in 2019, she worked at the Ann Arbor Observer. She’s committed to local journalism, good storytelling, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

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People cheer in the stands at a Michigan football game
Medicine at Michigan
Football fun
Photo essay of the October 2023 football game between U-M and Indiana. Photos feature alums of the U-M Medical School, who attended the alumni reunion that weekend.
Illustration of a doctor crossing a bridge to a patient. The bridge is on top of two giant letters spelling AI.
Medicine at Michigan
A crash course in AI
A broad overview of Michigan Medicine’s approach to artificial intelligence, including its safe, ethical, and transparent use
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Alice Zheng was once skeptical of business
The course of Alice Zheng’s life changed when she audited a class at the U-M Ross School of Business during her first year of medical school. Before taking the class, Zheng was skeptical of business. Now she’s a venture capitalist supporting women’s health.
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An early injury inspired a career in medicine
When Henry Bell Jr. was a young boy, his sister was mowing the lawn and ran over the rock, which hit him in the eye. He spent two weeks in the hospital and discovered his dream: to become an ophthalmologist.
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Meet the interventional radiologist who wants you to have his cell phone number
An interventional radiologist talks about non-invasive procedures and his close relationship with patients
A medical student in a white coat takes the blood pressure of a standardized patient (medical actor) who is wearing a medical gown and sitting on an exam table. They are both smiling.
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Acting sick
Standardized patients (aka medical actors) help medical students practice patient care.
Two medical students wearing masks and gloves inspect an anatomical donor in the anatomy lab. There are educational skeletons in the background.
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An afterlife in higher education
Anatomical donors play an essential role in teaching medical students anatomy, pathology, and compassion
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Doctor comes to terms with medical mystery he experienced as a young man
Dr. Irving Fox's new memoir, "The Flashing Light," explores a medical mystery he experienced as a young man.
Two people in black and green graduation robes share a happy moment of celebration in a crowded lobby. The woman on the left is younger and smiling or laughing. The older man on the right is carrying a cane and smiling at the woman.
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Medical School graduate marks another milestone with the ECMO legend who helped save her life
Hannah Abraham, M.D., received her 2023 medical school diploma from Robert Bartlett, M.D., the physician credited with creating ECMO, a lung bypass system that saved Abraham's life when she was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
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Q & A: What does gender-affirming care mean for kids?
One doctor talks about the importance of gender-affirming care.
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Serious about psychedelics
Researchers and clinicians are using psychedelic drugs to address chronic pain and depression.
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Skip's big gift
Michael "Skip" Gattyan had such a good experience as a patient at Michigan Medicine that he decided to bequeath his body to the Medical School. Now his body is helping to teach future physicians.
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Medicine at Michigan
Adventures in healing
A surgical oncologist has created a nonprofit, Move Beyond Surviving, to encourage breast cancer survivors to get out in nature and have outdoor adventures.
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Big ideas. Big leaps forward.
Innovative researchers at Michigan Medicine are imagining a brighter future--one where we catch cancer before it metastasizes, where we diagnose bipolar disorder with a simple blood test, and several other possibilities for making our health, and our lives, better.
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How to get into medical school
An admissions expert discusses how to get into medical school and what makes the process different at the University of Michigan.
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