Barbara Goodheart is an award-winning author with more than 30 years’ experience writing for health care professionals and general audiences. Her projects include monographs, white papers, accredited medical educational programs, brochures, newsletters, and technical manuals for physicians and other health care professionals; clinical reports for FDA submission; projects for patients; audiovisual programs for health care professionals and general audiences; product knowledge training programs for pharmaceutical representatives; and website articles.

These projects were developed for more than thirty major pharmaceutical companies and professional medical organizations (see clients). Barbara has also worked as an independent contractor for more than twenty medical marketing and communications companies (see clients). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (Biology major, Psychology minor), from Northwestern University. Barbara is a Board-Certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).



The Wild Place (ASJA Press; suspense novel)

Diabetes (Franklin Watts; for children in middle school; out of print)

A Year on the Desert (natural history; Prentice-Hall, First Edition; Best eWay Publications, Second Edition)

Contributor to six other books, including Tools of the Writer’s Trade (Harper Collins, 1990) and The Complete Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Writer’s Digest Books, 1983; Harper and Row, 1988), a Book-of-the-Month-Club Dividend

Magazines and Journals

Better Homes and Gardens, Hospital Management Quarterly, Journal of the National Association of Retail Druggists, Northwestern Report, Today’s Health, and more than a dozen other magazines.


Physicians Forum; currently a contributing writer for Addiction Treatment Forum (


American Society of Journalists and Authors (Midwest Chair, 1974-75, 1982-83, 1994-95)

American Medical Writers Association (Board Member, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, 1988-89)

Independent Writers of Chicago (former member; Board Member, 1991-93)

Midwest Writers Association (various offices, including Founding Chairperson)

Association of Health Care Journalists


1991 Beth Fonda Award, Honorable Mention, for her book, Diabetes

1986 GCAC Sound/Sight Award, American Medical Writers Association, for a series of patient education films on diabetes

1984 Morris Fishbein Award, Honorable Mention, for a film for surgeons

1981 special award for print and audiovisual work, American Medical Writers Association (GCAC).