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Valerie creates award-winning materials for medical institutions for both consumers and clinicians—including newsletters, websites, blogs, brochures, marketing materials and annual reports.

“Valerie represents the top of her profession. An amazing listener, she has an uncanny ability to deliver the right message at the right time, in the right tone. There is no clinical concept that eludes her, no personality that she can’t transcend. She delivers an impressive and convincing product.”

Deborah Schwartz
Director, External Affairs, Columbia University Medical Center

Recent Articles


Thirty-year-old Orla Tinsley had already revolutionized care for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Ireland when she came to NYP/Columbia for a lung transplant in 2017. Though she spent her life in and out of hospitals, Orla did not let her illness define her, nor did she allow it to interfere with her talent and her will to help others. At age 18, she wrote an award winning feature in The Irish Times calling attention to the plight of young people suffering from CF, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs, the sweat glands and the pancreas. For the next seven years she spearheaded a campaign to establish the first hospital unit for adult CF patients in Dublin and raised money for other CF centers through the country. Read more about Orla and CF from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


Obesity is a national epidemic, and it’s affecting our children at an alarming rate. The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children from age 2 to 19 is overweight. Today, some 2 million teenagers suffer from severe obesity. And Dr. Jeffrey Zitsman, Director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, declares they are all candidates for weight loss surgery.

That may sound shocking at first, but weight loss surgery is proven to be the most effective treatment for severe obesity in adults and adolescents. Procedures fall under two types: restrictive surgery or a combination of malabsorptive and restrictive. Restrictive surgeries limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, and the malabsorptive effect keeps some nutrients and calories from digesting fully into the body.

While it sounds like the intervention itself is a solution, weight loss surgery is not a cure. You won’t shed pounds instantly without rigorous lifestyle changes. But for those who have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise alone, the difference is your body is set up to succeed. Surgery works as the jumpstart to a medical weight loss program; it can normalize metabolism. Suddenly, all those lifestyle changes matter and the results are built to last. Read our Q&A on weight loss surgery for teens with Dr. Zitsman at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


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