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Holly Atkinson

Award-Winning Medical Journalist


Dr. Holly Atkinson is an award-winning medical journalist and a gifted and noted public speaker. With extensive experience as a medical correspondent - including assignments with NBC's Today Show, CBS Morning News, Lifetime Medical Television, and the PBS health show Bodywatch - she has engaged national audiences on a wide range of medical topics for over 20 years. She is the author of the best-selling book Women and Fatigue.

Dr. Atkinson is assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, as well as adjunct professor of public health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also medical editor-in-chief of, one of the top health sites on the web, and consults with a number of start-up healthcare companies through KSR Associates, a privately held firm that excels in corporate development, capital formation, and mergers and acquisition intermediation.

Dr. Atkinson devotes considerable time to a number of nonprofit organizations and charities. She is a past president of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its effort to eradicate landmines. In 1995, Dr. Atkinson conducted a medical mission to Bosnia where she documented the health effects of landmines on civilians. In 2005, she traveled to Uganda on PHR's behalf to help organize local physicians to address the HIV/AIDs epidemic. She has also served on the board of Legal Momentum, the nation's oldest and largest women's civil rights organization.

Dr. Holly Atkinson brings a unique blend of experience and skill to her work and speaking. She combines business acumen, media savvy, editorial proficiency, and medical expertise to motivate her audiences to lead health-conscious lives.

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The 5 Keys to Your Best Health

We are living in "a land flowing with milk and honey," and it is killing us. Our Western lifestyle drives inflammation in the body, playing a primary role in the development of killer diseases. Further, our society promotes shallow and self-centered behavior, leading to depression and despair. Our deliverance, insists Dr. Atkinson, will come not from diet or exercise alone, but from expanding our sense of what it means to live a good life. What is the good life? Revolutionary new studies reveal that "doing good is good for you." In this hard-hitting and life-changing session, participants discover how to:

  • Achieve their best physical health, including goals of losing weight, looking and feeling better
  • Cool the flames of inflammation and unleash natural sources of healing and energy
  • Infuse purpose and meaning into their lives, creating more joy and fulfillment

This speech is a must hear for anyone interested in staying healthy in today’s stressful world!

Women, Stress & Fatigue: Best Solutions

Stress and fatigue are problems that increasingly plague American women. And too often, we are not taken seriously. Increased economic hardship - added to balancing work and family, caring for aging parents, and coping with the daily onslaught of demands, just to name a few - have all contributed to unprecedented levels of stress and fatigue. But the good news is something can be done about it. Speaking from her personal experience and that of myriad other women, Dr. Atkinson lays bare the major energy drainers and major energy boosters, and gives powerful practical pointers on how to beat stress and tip the balance in favor of energy. In this fun-filled session, participants will learn:

  • A potent method that reveals personal sources of stress and fatigue
  • How to boost mental and physical energy levels
  • How to conquer stress and have something left for themselves

Women come away from this speech having laughed and learned not only about how to conquer fatigue, but how to live their best lives.

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