P. B.

Editor & Writer - Medical, Academic, Technical

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Currently, I am exploring several opportunities and engaged in ongoing projects. I am available about 20-30 hours per week for additional work.
Experience: 30 Years
Location: New York City, NY


Freelancer with more than three decades of experience as a medical, academic, and technical editor and writer. Currently, she offers all levels of editorial and writing services for medical, academic, and other professional organizations and individuals. She also provides support for professional and personal writers of nonfiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and fiction. In addition, she provides editorial support for writers whose native language is other than English and is a volunteer ESL/EFL tutor and instructor.  

As a peer health educator, she owns, designs, and writes a medical site for laypeople. A strong advocate for patient education as a means of fostering informed and empowered healthcare decision-making, she supplements her personal medical story, as well as the medical stories of others, with comprehensive, reliable resources to assist patients in finding the answers they need to ensure they get the treatment they deserve.

She also designed, edits, and manages a website and blog exploring topics in international business from economic and cultural perspectives and designs and provides content for small business sites.

Previously, as a consultant to a philanthropic foundation for 10 years, she served as developmental editor for numerous prestigious academic and scientific books, organized a number of high-level academic and scientific symposia, and managed more than $2.5 million in grant funds. Earlier, she was a consultant editor and writer in the technical, medical, and pharmaceutical fields, as well as editor of a biomedical engineering journal for 10 years.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from La Salle University, did graduate coursework in technical and science communication at Drexel University, and studied sociolinguistics at Temple University, all in Philadelphia.


Ellipsis Editing Services - Sole Proprietorship (2015-Present)Ellipsis Enterprises, Inc. - Editorial & Project Management Consultancy (2001-2015)Freelance Medical/Technical Editor & Writer (1995-2001)Editor of Biomedical Engineering Journal (1985-1995)Freelance Technical Editor & Writer (1982-1985)

Education / Qualifications

B.A., English Literature, La Salle University (1982)Coursework in Technical & Science Communication, Drexel University (1982-1983)Coursework in Sociolinguistics, Temple University (1989)


Article WritingBlog WritingContent Writing
Copy editingCreative writingEditing
Medical WritingTechnical EditingTechnical writing


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Laura Barrett

Experienced Executive Coordinator

Aug 21st 2017
I have worked with P. Contractor for over 15 years. She is a detailed project manager and editor, meets all of her deadlines, and is very thorough. She is familiar with many style manuals (Chicago, AP, AMA to name a few). P. worked with me on academic editing projects – from organizing multi-authored volumes to organizing content and making the entire book read in a uniform style. She has also edited and proofread medical publications; she has a way to catch the smallest details as well. I would highly recommend P. for any project.
--L. B.
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S. B.


Aug 22nd 2017
Pam and I have collaborated on various web content projects. I have always found her to be thorough in her work, thoughtful in her comments, and highly responsive to inquiries. She is organized, detailed, and systematic in her approach, which ensures nothing short of a quality end product. I hope to continue my professional relationship with Pam for the foreseeable future. – S. B., Owner of S. J. B. Communications

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