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Dr. Tom Linden’s Health Blog

Posted on | September 22, 2000 | 1 Comment

Dr. Tom Linden’s Health Blog

An inside perspective on the health care debate from veteran physician journalist Tom Linden, M.D., professor of medical journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Linden



Tom Linden, MD
UNC Medical Journalism Program

Tom Linden, M.D., is Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Linden is also director of the UNC Medical Journalism Program, one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Dr. Linden also is medical anchor for Journal Watch Audio, distributed bimonthly by the Audio Digest Foundation for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Linden has a special interest in medical cyberspace and is co-author of Dr. Tom Linden’s Guide to Online Medicine (McGraw-Hill), one of the first consumer guides for medical resources on the Internet.

Dr. Linden got his start in professional journalism as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times while an undergraduate student at Yale University. Following graduation from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Linden completed an internship and a residency in adult and child psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. He began his television work in 1986 as medical reporter and eventually news anchor for KCPM, the NBC affiliate for Chico-Redding, Calif.

In 1989 Dr. Linden became the first health and science correspondent and a business news anchor for CNBC. He later served as reporter and talk show host for the Financial News Network; medical reporter for KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco; and medical editor for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. From 1991 to 1993 Dr. Linden was co-anchor of Physicians’ Journal Update, the flagship news program for the Lifetime Medical Television Network.

Since 1997 Dr. Linden has been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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One Response to “Dr. Tom Linden’s Health Blog”

  1. Tom Linden’s Postmortem on Physician Journalist Performance in Haiti :
    March 27th, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    […] Code of Ethics in 1992.  A great friend and first class journalist through those years has been Tom Linden, who heads up UNC’s Medical and Science Journalism program in Chapel Hill, NC. I draw your […]

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