Editorial Staff

Danielle Ofri

Editor-in-Chief: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD,DLitt (Hon) Danielle Ofri is associate professor of medicine at New York University, and practices medicine and teaches at Bellevue Hospital. Ofri's newest book is What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. She is also the author of Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue and Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine, as well as Medicine in Translation. Her essays have been included in Best American Essays 2002 and 2005, and in Best American Science Writing 2003. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of the 2005 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for "preeminent contributions to medical communication." www.danielleofri.com


Ronna WinebergSenior Fiction Editor: Ronna Wineberg earned a BA from the University of Michigan and JD from the University of Denver. She is the author of On Bittersweet Place, which is her first novel (Relegation Books) and Second Language, a collection of stories (New Rivers Press). Second Language won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, Laurel Review, So to Speak, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Wineberg’s essays have appeared in DAUGHTERS, Ethics in Criminal Justice (Wyndam Hall Press), River Oak Review, Steam Ticket, The Tennessean, and Writers on the Job (Hopewell Publications). She is the recipient of the John Atherton Scholarship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Wineberg has taught writing at New York University and elsewhere, and she is the founding fiction editor of the BLR. Her website is Ronnawineberg.com


Jerome Lowenstein

Senior Nonfiction Editor: Jerome Lowenstein, MD, a nephrologist, is a Professor of Medicine and Firm Chief at New York University School of Medicine. His full time activities include teaching, patient care, and translational research. In 1979 he founded, and continues to direct, the Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education program. He is the Founding Publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press. He is the author of four books: Acid and Basics (Oxford University Press, 1992); The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine (Yale University Press, 1997; University of Michigan Press, 2005), Henderson’s Equation (Gadd Books, 2008) and Zichronot/Memories A Journal (Mulberry Tree Press, 2012).


Suzanne McConnellFiction Editor: Suzanne McConnell’s fiction won First Prize in the 2015 New Ohio Review's Fiction Contest and First Prize in the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Flash Fiction, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, appearing in The Huffington Post, The Saint Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. An excerpt from her novel won Second Prize in So to Speak’s Fiction Contest. She taught writing at Hunter College for thirty years and now leads seminars in literature and medicine at hospitals. “Necessary Stories,” her piece about Bellevue Literary Review, can be found on-line at The Review Review. She has published memoirs of Kurt Vonnegut in The Brooklyn Rail and Writer’s Digest, and is currently writing a book, Vonnegut’s Pearls, on his advice to writers, to be published by Seven Stories Press. Her website is www.suzannemcconnell.com

Jason Schneiderman (Photo Credit: Star Black)

Poetry Editor: Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books, and Striking Surface, winner of the 2009 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. www.jasonschneiderman.net
(Photo credit: Star Black)

 Stacy Bodziak

Managing Editor: Stacy Bodziak holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from New York University, and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her work with the BLR, she works closely with Dr. Oshinsky on the projects of the Division of Medical Humanities, including a weekly newsletter, educational activities, and events, and as the Communications Associate of the Department of Medicine.


David Oshinsky

Publisher: David Oshinsky, PhD, is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and a professor in the NYU Department of History. Previously, Dr. Oshinsky was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Award. He graduated from Cornell University and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University.

An accomplished writer and American historian, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress, and Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights. His latest book, Polio: An American Story, won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award. In 2009, PBS aired a documentary based upon this work, "The Polio Crusade," and he received the Dean's Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.




Founding Publisher: Martin J. Blaser, MD
Founding Poetry Editors: Donna Baier Stein, Roxanna Font
Founding Copy Editor: Doris H. Milman, MD
Poetry Editors: Corie Feiner, Frances Richey 

Editorial Board:

Felice Aull Lois Lowenstein
Carol Berman Marion Nestle
Martin J. Blaser
Ruth Oratz
Rafael Campo Michael Pillinger
Rita Charon Claudia S. Plottel
Jack Coulehan Norman A. Posner
Tony Dajer Oliver Sacks
Stuart Dickerman     Richard Selzer
Kate Falvey Marc Siegel
Elizabeth Howard Abraham Verghese
Perri Klass Gerald Weissmann
Itzhak Kronzon David Zimmerman
Barron Lerner
Abigail Zuger
George Lipkin  
Lin Lombardi  

Department Administrator: Katherine Wesnousky
Development Director: Sara Chambers
Interns: Fatemeh Adlparvar