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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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.
Medicine at Michigan
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.
Medicine at Michigan
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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Medicine at Michigan
Q & A: What does gender-affirming care mean for kids?
One doctor talks about the importance of gender-affirming care.
Otherworldly illustration of a bald person with cords coming out of their head. The cords are attached to a large brain behind them. The brain is split in half, and inside of it stands a person-like creature with a large eyeball for a head.
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Serious about psychedelics
Researchers and clinicians are using psychedelic drugs to address chronic pain and depression.
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Medicine at Michigan
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.
A white woman in khaki pants and shirt crouches on a rocky outcropping overlooking a mountain range
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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Medicine at Michigan
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.
A young Asian American woman with long curled brown hair, wearing blue scrubs, a white doctor's coat, and a stethoscope
Medicine at Michigan
Two degrees, one vision
A University of Michigan medical student who is also working on an MBA discusses what she wants to do with her two degrees.
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Medicine at Michigan
When science is not enough
A public health expert discusses the challenges of public health messaging over the course of his career, from HIV to Covid-19 to mpox.
Professional portrait of a white woman with dark curly hair. She is wearing a blue blazer.
Medicine at Michigan
Post-Roe abortion care
An expert on reproductive rights and abortion care discusses the downstream consequences of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
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Health Lab
Diversifying medicine
One student's award-winning vision for breaking down barriers.
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Health Lab
The musician’s body
Professional musicians are athletes. That’s not just a metaphor — at least not for the speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, laryngologists, vocal coaches, and other providers who care for them.
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