Susan Okie is a family physician and an award winning medical journalist. While a student at Harvard Medical School in the 1970s, she began writing about medicine and health for the Washington Post. She has spent most of her career at that newspaper, covering local and national medical news, reporting for 3 years from Africa and serving as the national science editor. She recently became a Washington-based contributing editor for the New England Journal of Medicine, writing about medical and health issues. Okie lives with her husband and two sons in Bethesda, Maryland.