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Steven Woloshin, MD

Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Community and Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute
Community and Family Medicine

Dartmouth Medical School, MS 1996
Boston University School of Medicine, MD 1987
Boston University, BA 1987

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Contact Information

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7900
Hanover NH 03755

Phone: 802-296-5178
Fax: 802-296-6325

Assistant: Doreen Dworzanski
Asst. Phone: 802-296-5178
Asst. Email:

Professional Interests

Dr. Woloshin's research interest is in learning how to enhance the quality of medical communication to the public, patients, physicians and policymakers. His work (in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Schwartz) has 2 main approaches: improving the quality of messages presenting health information to people, and preparing audiences to make sense of the messages they receive. His main focus is on the communication of medical statistics and information about the benefits and harms of screening and prescription drugs.

Courses Taught

ECS 122 Survey Research Methods: Primary and Secondary Data

Selected Publications


  • Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Welch HG The effectiveness of a primer to help people understand risk: Two randomized trials in distinct populations. Ann Intern Med 2007;146:256-265.

  • Woloshin S, Schwartz LM Press releases: Translating research into news. JAMA 2002;287:2856-8

  • Woloshin S, Schwartz LM Media reporting on scientific meeting presentations: More caution needed. MJA 2006; 184(11):576-580

  • Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Welch HG . The value of benefit data in direct-to-consumer drug ads. Health Affairs 2004: W234-245.