New York, NY – October 14, 2015 – The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) announced today that Shelley Wood will join the organization as Editorial Director on October 15. Ms. Wood will lead CRF’s editorial services department and be responsible for developing original, thought-provoking, and clinically relevant content for TCTMD, the leading online resource for cutting-edge news and information in interventional cardiovascular medicine. She will also play an integral role in ongoing enhancements of the TCTMD website.
Ms. Wood is an award-winning medical journalist and was the long-time editor at theheart.org, which merged with WebMD's Medscape Cardiology in 2013. She joined the theheart.org as a journalist in 2000 and became the site's Managing Editor in 2009. Three years later, Ms. Wood was named News Director for the newly launched Medscape Deutschland and in 2013, was promoted to Senior Director, Global News, a role that included oversight of Medscape France.
“We are very excited to welcome Shelley to CRF,” said Jack Lewin, MD, CRF’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “Her knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset to TCTMD as we seek to strengthen and expand the site’s coverage to include news and analyses from a broader range of topics including general cardiology, health policy and advocacy, regulatory, medical innovation, digital health, and industry. This will allow the wider audience of general cardiologists, primary care physicians, intensivists, hospitalists, internists, nurses, and, very importantly, the ‘heart team’ to stay current on the interrelated aspects of interventional cardiovascular medicine.”
“Under Shelley’s editorial leadership, TCTMD will enhance its position as the ‘go to’ global resource for interventional cardiovascular medicine,” said Gregg W. Stone, MD, CRF’s Immediate Past Chairman and Co-Director of Medical Research and Education. “Her experience in medical journalism and expertise in cardiovascular medicine will bolster TCTMD’s reputation as an independent, objective source of sophisticated and insightful information for healthcare professionals. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Shelley to the CRF family.”
Ms. Wood described TCTMD as “a perfect fit” for her. “Interventional cardiology has been my beat within cardiovascular disease reporting from the beginning of my medical journalism career. It has always been a field of tremendous growth, innovation, controversy, and debate—a reporter's dream,” she said. “I'm thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead a team of journalists who know this field inside out. They've made TCTMD the one-stop shop for interventional cardiologists seeking information in their subspecialty. My hope is to expand the site's reach and impact, making it a source of breaking news as well as in-depth features, analysis, and discussion. I am excited to help take TCTMD to the next level by making it the source not only for interventional cardiologists but also for a broader audience—anyone seeking lively, thought-provoking, and rigorously objective journalism covering interventional cardiology.”
During Ms. Wood’s tenure, theheart.org as well as the individual reporters on her team won a range of journalism awards, including the Online News Award for best specialty site journalism in 2010, "Silver" in the 2011 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA), and "Gold" from the Association of Healthcare Publication Editors Awards in 2013. Her own investigative series The Myxo Ring Mix-Up was awarded the National Institute for Health Care Management's excellence in print journalism prize in 2009. Her first-person feature Betty Crocker, Coke, and Cardiosmart as well as her three-part series Drugs, Money, Glory: Is Cancer Beating Cardiovascular Disease? both won "Silver" in the 2011 and 2012 COPA awards, respectively.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Ms. Wood earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before returning to Vancouver to complete her graduate degree in Journalism at the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in medical reporting.