Evonne Kaplan-Liss

Medical Program Director


Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss is a Clinical Associate Professor in Program in Public Health, Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics, at Stony Brook Medicine and an affiliated faculty member in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. She is Medical Program Director for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and serves on the Alda Center’s steering committee. In those roles, she develops and teaches innovative curriculum for medical, nursing and other health students, leads workshops and speaks nationally on the Alda Center’s behalf. Dr. Kaplan-Liss also teaches Health Communication at Stony Brook Medicine and launched the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication, combining a strong interest and background in medicine and journalism.

Dr. Kaplan-Liss’ journalism career began when she graduated Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1988 and landed her first job as a researcher for Ted Koppel’s Nightline for ABC News. She left Nightline to pursue her interest in medical journalism, working as an associate producer and then segment producer on medical news for syndicated programs Instant Recall and First Look.

Dr. Kaplan-Liss began her quest to combine her interests in journalism and medicine when she graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed residencies in both pediatrics and preventive medicine, while also receiving her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailmen School of Public Health. Dr. Kaplan-Liss is managing editor of the prevention textbook titled, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition. After working as a board-certified pediatrician in private practice, Dr. Kaplan-Liss joined the faculty of Stony Brook’s School of Medicine and Journalism where she is able to apply her interest and experience in the fields of pediatrics, preventive medicine/public health and journalism.