About the Author
Every Breath: A Lung Cancer Guidebook
Dr. Tina M. St. John was born
and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree
in chemistry from the University of South Florida, she earned her medical degree
from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an
epidemiologist and was formerly a Senior Medical Officer at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After leaving CDC, Dr. St. John
established her own small business as a free-lance medical writer, editor, and
research consultant. She is a member of the American Public Health Association,
the American Medical Writers Association, the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor
Society, and a number of other professional organizations.
Dr. St. John has published extensively in both the professional and lay press,
and has been an invited presenter at many professional meetings. She was
a keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Prevention and
Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer in Varese, Italy. Dr St. John is the owner and principal of St. John Health Communications & Consulting. Patient advocacy
and providing people facing life-threatening illnesses with easily understood
and accurate information are among Dr. St. Johnís primary professional goals.
St. Johnís late husband,
Andrew L. St. John, PhD, died in 1998 of non-small cell lung cancer at the
age of 43. Dr. St. John currently resides with her 17-year-old daughter,
Hope, in Vancouver, Washington.