Ingrid Sprague
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Deadline-driven, reliable, and creative freelance writer/ editor/reporter has publishing, corporate, academic, and media experience. This management-level media professional has experience in trade and consumer magazines, book publishing, newspapers, television, speechwriting, public relations peripherals, newsletters, presentations, and symposia. I offer my expertise in medical writing and editing (specialties include plastic surgery, dermatology, neurology, diabetology, and ophthalmology), but eager to cover a broad base of topics. I am the former editor-in-chief of Dermatology Times and Cosmetic Surgery Times, a scientific communications associate for Eli Lilly and Company, and medical editor for Saint Luke's Medical Center and Bahman Guyuron, M.D.
Contact Info
  Ingrid Sprague
Broadview Heights, OH 
USA

E-Mail: deansprague@cox.net
Work Samples
 
Medical Writing - magazine and Web site  
(Envisage magazine, 10/1/2007)
Current issues in continuing medical education for pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions
The Safety Case for Outsourced CROs: Overview of a Comprehensive Industry Safety System Standard
(The Monitor, 8/1/2007)
Introduction to the safety case model as forward-thinking approach in CRO Industry. Peer-reviewed article, August 2007 issue of Association of Clinical Research Professionals journal, The Monitor. Co-author with Mary Poppenheimer. (Abbreviated title appears above.)
(Fibromyalgia Aware , 7/10/2006)
Online medical newsletter of the National Fibroymyalgia Association
(Fibromyalgia Aware, 7/1/2006)
Online medical newsletter of the National Fibromyalgia Association
(New Beauty , 2/17/2005)
Health and Beauty magazine targeted to plastic surgeons, dermatologic surgeons, and cosmetic surgeons on latest industry techniques.
(Insulin Free Times, 2/1/2002)
Medical Writing - Peer-reviewed publications  
(Surgical Neurology, 1/1/1999)
(Obesity Surgery, 6/1/1997)
Newspaper writing - news articles  
(Sun Newspapers - Sun Courier, 5/10/2007)
Community news feature of local triplets
(Sun Newspapers - Sun Courier, 5/10/2007)
Community news feature about local art show
(Sun Newspapers - Sun Courier and Parma Sun Post editions; Cleveland.com, 2/1/2007)
Front page featured news article in two local Cleveland newspaper editions about 30-year anniversary of child murder case. Appeared on the Internet at Cleveland.com.
(Sun Newspapers, 2/1/2007)
Front page featured news article of 30-year anniversary of local child murder case - Web version with graphics.
(Sun Newspapers, 5/4/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper article regarding city road improvement effort - front page
(Sun Newspapers, 4/6/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper feature - front page
(Sun Newspapers, 3/26/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper article about annual art and scholarship event - front page
(Sun Newspapers, 3/16/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper feature on mothers' club event - Community Life section
(Sun Newspapers, 3/16/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper feature on charity effort for children - front page
Medical Writing - Book Chapters  
(Life Extensions Foundation, 1/21/2006)
Disease Prevention and Treatment, 5th edition
(Life Extensions Foundation, 10/15/2005)
Disease Prevention and Treatment, 5th edition
Newspaper writing - column  
(Sun Newspapers/Sun Courier, 10/18/2007)
Opinion column, local and national news, parenting
(Sun Newspapers/Sun Courier, 8/16/2007)
opinion column, community news
(Sun Newspapers - Sun Courier, 7/5/2007)
Opinion column
(Sun Newspapers/Sun Courier, 4/5/2007)
Opinion column on current affairs
(Sun Newspapers/The Sun Courier, 2/22/2007)
Opinion column follow up of 30-year-old murder anniversary news story and column written by same reporter
(Sun Newspapers, 2/1/2007)
Opinion column by same reporter in same edition as news article on 30-year anniversary of child murder case.
(Sun Newspapers, 12/28/2006)
Opinion column about local non-profit veterinary service
(Sun Newspapers, 10/23/2006)
Editorial on Polar Express train tour
(Sun Newspapers, 10/5/2006)
Editorial on local fall festival
(Sun Newspapers, 9/14/2006)
Editorial on new flight restrictions
(Sun Newspapers, 7/13/2006)
Weekly column. Editorial on regional flood of June 22, 2006.
(Sun Newspapers, 6/8/2006)
Editorial column
(Sun Newspapers, 5/25/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper column
(Sun Newspapers, 5/11/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper column
(Sun Newspapers, 5/4/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper column
(Sun Newspapers, 4/13/2006)
Cleveland weekly newspaper column
General - Magazine and Web site  
(Cleveland-Akron-Lake/Geauga Family magazine, 11/1/2006)
Parent and child winter sports activity guide with destination information and recipes.
Getting Taken by Bogus "Editing Tests"
(Writer's Weekly, 2/9/2005)
Web site article about freelance practices
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 15 Years
Reporter 20 Years
Writer 20 Years
Specialty
Health 20 Years
Beauty 15 Years
Medicine 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
19 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Sun Courier (11+), The Body.com (3-5), The Monitor (1-2), New Beauty magazine (1-2), Envisage (1-2), Fibromyalgia Online (1-2), Hospital Physician (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Advanstar Communications (11+), Medica Communicus Taiwan Ltd. - Asia network (11+), Medreviews (6-10), Eli Lilly and Company, Inc. (6-10), HealthSTAR Communications (3-5), Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins (3-5), Imagination Publishing, Inc. (1-2), Life Extensions Foundation (1-2), Excerpta Medica - Elsevier (1-2), Burson Marsteller Public Relations (1-2), Contour Dermatology (1-2)
Other Work History
* Previous Editor in Chief of Dermatology Times and Cosmetic Surgery Times, Cleveland, OH 1997-1998
* Freelance writing and editing projects for magazines, web sites, peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, newsletters, and business peripherals.
* Guthy-Renker informercials shoot for Meaningful Beauty and Reclaim lines.
* Eli Lilly and Company, Inc., Indianapolis, IN - Contract Scientific Communications Associate (neurology division, Prozac and Cymbalta) 2002-2003
* Medical Editor, Departments of Surgery and Orthopaedics, Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 1995-1997
*Medical Editor, Bahman Guyuron, M.D., Cleveland, OH 1992-1995
* Public Affairs reporter, Chagrin Valley Times and Solon Times, 1995.
* News researcher and production assistant Channel 43 Ten o'clock News, 1989.
Computer Skills
Microsoft Word, Quark X-press, Lotus Notes, Micromedex, Documentum, RefMan, SPOTT, Broderbund Print Shop, Wordperfect, Claris Works, Print Shop Ensemble, Powerpoint, Paradox, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Quickbooks, Microsoft Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Medsearch, Xywrite, Wordstar, and Samna. Available formats: iMac and PC
Equipment
laptop computer, DSL, Word, Powerpoint, PC and iMac compatible, fax, cell phone.
Foreign Language Skills
German: College minor. Current use in reading, writing, and speaking.
References
Personal references and literary references available upon request.
Awards
Advanstar Quality Editorial Silver Award for Cover Design, Dermatology Times, April 1998. Finalist for Advanstar Quality Editorial Magazine of the Year, Cosmetic Surgery Times, 1997. National English Merit Award, 1983. Please see additional honors under "Other Information."
Associations
Society of Professional Journalists, 1990—Present
American Medical Writers Association, 1992—Present
National Association of Science Writers, 2001—Present
Editorial Freelancers Association, 2001
American Society of Business Press Editors, 1998
Other
*Project management experience
* Bachelor's degree in Journalism (Writing specialty) from Kent State University.
* University campus newspaper public affairs reporter and closed circuit television news reporter.
* Internship with Channel 43 News.
* Additional coursework in pre-medicine, pre-nursing, and medical technology.
* Additional classes and certifications include nationally registered and Ohio registered EMT-A, Indiana licensed STNA, Ohio licensed life, accident, and health insurance agent, and Ohio licensed mortgage loan officer.
* Fine arts membership: Brecksville Center for the Arts Community Chorus
* Chairman, Communications Committee, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Preschool Mothers' Club.
* Honors: Outstanding College Students of America (1989), Golden Key National Honor Society (1989), Who’s Who in American High School Students (1983), and United States Achievement Academy National English Merit Award (1983).
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Cleveland, OH. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.