• Foreign Languages:  Spanish (proficient); French (proficient); Italian (basic knowledge); German (basic knowledge).
  • Other:  12 years of training in classical ballet; Two-time Finisher of the NYC Marathon (2006, 2007).   

Curriculum Vitae

Freelance Writing

Alpha Penguin, New York, NY

  • Contract Health Writer, December 2012- March 2013. Authored "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Terminology." Researched, designed the table of contents, and wrote the book ( 360 pages).
  • Please see designated pages on this website for my articles published on:

        New York Times, Chicago Tribune,, Reuter's Health, Medscape,

       UBM Medica, Best Travel Writing, Transitions Abroad, Literary Traveler, Dance

       USA from the Green Room, Dance Enthusiast, Innerbody, and Matador.

Professional Medical Writing and Health Communications

Bureau of Evidence Based Services, NYS Office of Mental Health New York, NY

  • Staff Medical Writer. May 2008-December 2012. Researched, wrote and edited articles for scientific journals, CME, newsletters, press releases, patient education materials and brochures, physician training manuals, annual reports, and educational summaries of scientific articles about psychotropic polypharmacy and cardiometabolic issues.

Health Sciences Communications, New York, NY

  • Contract Medical Writer. August 2008- December 2009. Freelance contract work: drafted original research and review articles on hematology for publication in major scientific journals.

Medpedia, San Francisco, CA

  • Contract Medical Writer/Editor, member of the initial launch team. April 2008-August 2008. Wrote, reviewed, and edited web content for medical web-encyclopedia backed by Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine.

Professional Licensures and Associations

  • New York State Medical License
  • Science Writers in New York (SWINY)
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)


  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

         MD Aug. 2002- May 2006.

         Internship:  Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City     

  • Charles University Creative Writing Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic

        July-Aug, 2005.  Professional and peer review of original works of fiction, and lectures by

        former Samizdat writers.

  • Oxford University, Oxford, UK 

         MSc Biological Anthropology 1996. 

  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

        AB 1994.  Anthropology.

Veronica Hackethal


  • American Society for Journalists and Authors 2013 Early Career Scholarship.  One of ten scholarship recipients selected from a nationwide pool to attend the ASJA 2013 conference.
  • Silver Prize Culture and Ideas Category (2011) in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards
  • Bronze Prize Cruise Category (2011) in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards
  • Finalist, Transitions Abroad Narrative Travel Writing Competition 2008.
  • First Place, American Association of Academic Psychiatry Creative Writing Competition 2005.
  • Cum laude honors in Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1994.
  • US Congressional Scholarship for All-Around Achievement, Harvard University, 1990.  

Veronica Hackethal is a travel, dance, and health writer based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in New York Times Travel section, Chicago Tribune,, Reuter's Health, Nature Medicine News, Best Travel Writing, Literary Traveler, Transitions Abroad, Matador, DanceUSA from the Green Room, and others. Awards for her writing include Silver Prize in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards (2011), Bronze Prize in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards (2011), and Finalist in Transition Abroad’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest. 

Veronica graduated from Harvard University (A.B. anthropology), Oxford University (M.Sc. anthropology), and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.D.). She is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Terminology,” with publication by Alpha/Penguin expected in Summer 2013. She is also the recipient of a 2013 American Society for Journalists and Authors scholarship.