Meet Our Contributors

No one understands what you’re going through with your health better than someone who has already walked in your shoes. Our HealthCentral community of patient advocates, medical experts, and professional health journalists helps you navigate the days, months, and years after diagnosis with answers to questions that can improve your quality of life. We believe that intimate, revealing personal stories can inspire positive, sometimes lifesaving health changes: at home, at the doctor’s office, at work, and in our communities. From autoimmune conditions to heart health, cancer survivorship to caregiving, we’ve been there, we’ve lived it, and we’re ready to help you.

We welcome personal stories, insights, and original reporting about life with chronic health conditions. Explore the conditions and topics that we cover, then introduce yourself at

Aradhana Ghosh
Aradhana Ghosh, M.D.
Medical Reviewer

Arafhana Ghosh is a board certified, licensed medical oncologist and seasoned physician informaticist with a broad range of experiences spanning patient care, hospital administration, and digital health.

Ashley Wall
Patient Advocate

Ashley Wall is a freelance writer who started her blog Itchin' Since ’87 as a creative outlet. A longtime eczema sufferer, she’s a huge advocate for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Ask HealthCentral

At its core, HealthCentral is about patients helping patients. That’s why we’ve created Ask HealthCentral, so you – the patient or caregiver – can ask HealthCentral’s experts your pressing health questions.

Ayren Jackson-Cannady
Ayren Jackson-Cannady
Senior Editor

Ayren Jackson-Cannady is a senior editor for HealthCentral. Previously, she worked as the Washington, D.C. editor of

Barbara Boughton
Health Writer
Barbara O'Dair
Barbara O'Dair
Health Writer

Barbara O'Dair is the former editor in chief of Prevention. She has edited or written for the New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, Health, AARP, and many other digital and print publications.