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Tom Linden, M.D., is Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Tom Linden teaches courses in medical journalism for undergraduate and graduate students and directs the Medical & Science Journalism Program, one of the nation's first master's programs in medical journalism.

Linden is the author of "The New York Times Reader: Health & Medicine," published in 2011 by CQ Press. The book is a compendium of more than 50 stories from The Times, featuring condensed interviews with Times reporters and a how-to manual for aspiring medical and health reporters.

Linden also has a special interest in medical cyberspace and is co-author of "Dr. Tom Linden's Guide to Online Medicine" (McGraw-Hill), one of the first consumer guides for medical resources on the Internet. He also is medical anchor for "Journal Watch Audio," distributed bimonthly by the Audio Digest Foundation for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Linden is author of a chapter, "Medical Reporting for the Electronic Media," in the 2005 edition of the "Health Writer's Handbook" (Blackwell Publishing) by Barbara Gastel, M.D.

Linden got his start in professional journalism as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times while an undergraduate student at Yale University. Following graduation from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, he completed an internship and a residency in adult and child psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan.

He began his television work in 1986 as medical reporter and eventually news anchor for KCPM, the NBC affiliate for Chico-Redding, Calif. After five years in Chico, Linden became the first health and science correspondent and a business news anchor for CNBC. He later was a reporter and talk show host for the Financial News Network; medical reporter for KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco; and medical editor for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. From 1991 to 1993, he was co-anchor of Physicians' Journal Update, the flagship news program for the Lifetime Medical Television Network.

Linden has served as president of the National Association of Medical Communicators (formerly National Association of Physician Broadcasters) and served on the faculty of the American Medical Association's Medical Communications Conference for 18 years.

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