Having a strong voice in the industry is one thing—having the vehicle, as "Dr. Anne" does, to deliver it clearly throughout the world is another.
When Anne Meneghetti was named an Up & Comer in 2000 at the age of 37, she had already worked as a volunteer alongside Mother Teresa's nuns in Calcutta, India. Back in the U.S., she was known as Dr. Anne, a physician who offered an electronic medical-advice column for consumers on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Web site.
Since we last checked in, she received a doctorate in integrative medicine, became the executive director of the World Healing Institute in Hawaii, returned to India to volunteer at a farm clinic for villagers in Pune, and now works as the senior managing editor of clinical communications at Epocrates, a San Mateo, Calif.-based startup that provides medical reference material and news electronically at the point of care. Meneghetti, 45, also does occasional health-focused radio spots on XM Satellite Radio for the "Life, Love & Health" radio show. But in case that's not enough to make your head spin, the triple-board-certified physician says she's planning to start up a part-time integrative health practice in the Bay Area and head back to India next year.
Going from seven years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts to a farm in India where she worked with no diagnostic tools other than "a stethoscope and our eyes, our ears and hands," is about as extreme a transition as one could imagine. "There was no money exchanged, no paperwork, just the direct experience of taking care of people," she says. "It was a chance to get back to the feeling of what it's like to just care for someone without all the wrappings we put around it here in the States."
With a mother who grew up on a farm and who often relied on natural healing remedies, Meneghetti has always been drawn to integrative and alternative medicine. At the World Healing Institute, her goal was to bring together different healing approaches for children undergoing transformations such as cleft lip and palate surgery. Throughout her career though, she has continued to teach and write for both physicians and consumers. In fact, if there is a thread that ties all of Meneghetti's career choices together, it's communication.
"Even though I really love the idea of caring for patients one on one, I also feel a certain satisfaction in being able to make certain decisions or create educational materials that can really help a lot of patients indirectly all at once," she says.
At Epocrates, where she has been for a year, she selects medical news, topics of interest and continuing education programs for the company's mobile Web products. Those who have worked with her say she has a knack for communicating in an industry that is not always known for attracting people with that particular skill. Ed Goldfarb, president of "Life, Love & Health," says that when he was looking for a physician to be an on-air medical authority for the radio show, Meneghetti "was too good to be true, and still is."
"You can get her going on almost any medical topic and it's going to be informed, and it's going to be fun," he says. "There are not going to be a lot of 'ums' and 'ers.' "
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