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Thomas A. Lang (bio)

Consultant in scientific publications, statistical reporting, and written communication

Contact:Mr. Tom Lang
Mailing Address: PO Box 1257, Murphys, California, United States of America 95247
Phone:209-728-3057
FAX:209-728-3497
E-mail:tomlangcom@aol.com
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Biostatistics: "I am refreshed! This was an excellent non-mathematical overview of important basic [statistical] concepts. Explanations and examples were very clear! Indeed, I am going to buy his book!
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Tom Lang Communications

Most Requested Topics/Programs:

  • biostatistics
  • written communication
  • scientific articles

Recent Engagements:

  • Ongoing teaching through the American Medical Writers Association and the European Medical Writers Association
  • Ongoing teaching at the University of Chicago's Medical Writing Program
  • the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers
  • the China Medical Board's medical writing program at Beijing Medical University
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Amgen
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Medical Economics
  • MicroMedix
  • Pharmaceutical Training International
  • Postgraduate Medicine
  • G. D. Searle & Co
  • TAP Pharmaceuticals
  • The Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
Speaker 's Fees:Unspecified
Length of presentation:Varies to meet client
Travels From:Sacramento, California
Travel Limits:None
Target Audience:Physicians
Target Audience - Other:nurses; allied health professional; editorial boards; medical writers; biomedical researchers; medical students; regulatory writers; biomedical journals
AV Requirements:Overhead projector
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Food: yesMileage: yes
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Biography:

Tom has been a technical or medical writer/editor since 1975. From 1990 through 1998, he was Manager of Medical Editing Services for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Since leaving the Clinic, he has been a Senior Scientific Writer in the Division of Clinical Care Research at the New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and is now an independent consultant in medical writing and scientific communications. His master's degree is in Communication Management, with a specialization in scientific communication, from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California.

Specializing in the reporting of biomedical research in scientific journals, he is the author of How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers (Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 1997). Other publications address research into written communication, theory-based patient education materials, and measures of the productivity and value-added of medical writers.

He has led dozens of workshops on various aspects of medical writing and editing for physicians, researchers, and medical writers in academia and industry throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the American Medical Writers Association, from whom he received the 1994 Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Workshop Leader; the Council of Science Editors, for his work on the Councilís Short Course for Manuscript Editors; and the American Statistical Association, who presented him with the 2002 Excellence in Continuing Education Award. He has also taught courses for the University of Chicago's Medical Writing Certificate Program since its inception in 1999.

He has taught for the European Medical Writers Association and the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and has been a visiting scholar at Beijing Medical University, China Medical University, Peking Union Medical College, and the Fourth Military Medical University in Xi'an, China. In Japan, he has presented to the Drug Information Association, the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers, and the Medical Interpreters and Translators Association.

He is a Fellow of the American medical Writers Association and a Past President of the Council of Science Editors. Current vita is available on request.

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