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Holly Atkinson

Senior On-Air Medical Correspondent and Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation
  • Medical correspondent with previous assignments for NBC, CBS, and PBS
  • Former President of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Human Rights
  • Helps audiences unlock the secrets of Optimal Health
  • Guides consumers and practitioners alike through today’s healthcare challenges
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Dr. Holly Atkinson is a physician, author, and human rights leader. A well-known media personality, she served as medical correspondent on NBC’s TODAY show and The CBS Morning News, and is currently the senior correspondent and Chief Medical Officer of HealthiNation, the country’s leading producer of health videos. Dr. Atkinson is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of the Human Rights Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

She is also Immediate Past President of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights, a non-profit that mobilizes health professionals to advance health, justice, and dignity. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as a faculty advisor to the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights.

Before joining HealthiNation, Dr. Atkinson was founding chief medical editor of, now the leading health site on the web. Prior to that, she was chief medical editor of She was also a founder and President and CEO of Reuters Health Information. Prior to joining Reuters, Dr. Atkinson was at Lifetime Medical Television for 10 years where she was Senior Vice President of Programming, overseeing all continuing medical education programs on the network. Dr. Atkinson was also founding editor of HealthNews, the consumer newsletter of the Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, serving as its editor-in-chief for more than 12 years. She has also been a health columnist for New Woman and Living Fit magazines, and Dr.

Dr. Atkinson has an MD from the University of Rochester and an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association and the American Public Health Association.

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