The pandemic transformed doctors into unexpected national and local celebrities. Think Anthony Fauci or Rhode Island Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott. Megan Ranney is another, a local doctor and educator who became a national authority on COVID response, appearing on CNN and being interviewed by The New York Times and The Atlantic.
“My work on COVID has, in many ways, taken over my life,” she says. “I became a frequent commentator on national and local media, translating the latest science into comprehensible guidance for the average American. We are going to continue to need strong science communication and clear guidelines for policymakers.”