Shannon Brownlee is a nationally known writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly, Washington Post, Times of London, Los Angeles Times, and BMJ among many other publications. She is best known for her groundbreaking work on overtreatment and the implications for health care policy. Her book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, was named the best economics book of 2007 by New York Times economics correspondent David Leonhardt.
A former senior writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report, Brownlee lectures regularly in the U.S. and internationally at universities, medical schools, and public venues. Her work has been received numerous journalism awards, among them the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors June Roth Award for Medical Journalism, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.
Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she received the Alumnae Achievement Award of 2012. She was named one of the 45 most influential graduates of UCSC in 2010, the 45th anniversary of the campus’ founding. In 2009 she was named one of four writers who changed the world by the World Federation of Science Journalists. A former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she currently serves on the boards of Families USA and the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is an editor of the “Less is More” section of JAMA Internal Medicine, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and an Instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.