Patricia Anstett is an experienced medical writer who worked 40 years in newspaper journalism in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit, her hometown.  She is the author of two books.

In 2017, she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and named Headliner of the year, a national award from the Association for Women in Communications.  The awards cited her women’s health reporting over the years which helped inform women of their choices and improved laws about mammography quality in Michigan.

For the last 22 years of her professional newspaper career she was a medical writer for the Detroit Free Press,. Her award-winning stories covered various aspects of breast cancer and breast implant surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons honored her work in 1995 with an unsolicited national award. The next year, she received the Vivian Castleberry Award, a national competition honoring top reporting on women’s issues, for her coverage of new breast biopsy options. The American Cancer Society and the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Institute each have given her awards for the accuracy and comprehensiveness of her breast cancer reporting. Anstett’s reporting has won national, state and local awards for breaking news, beat, and feature writing.  Her freelance articles have appeared in the Reader’s Digest; the National Observer; the Chicago Tribune; Washingtonian magazine; and Paris Match. She was part of a reporting team that published The Suicide Machine,  about the first 47 patients to seek assisted suicide from the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

Since her retirement from the Detroit Free Press in 2012, she has written two books: “Triumph: Inspirational Stories from Beaumont Health,” and “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.” It was published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield and is widely available, including at public libraries.  Anstett manages a Facebook page, bcsurgerystories, and a web site,, with information about current topics and stories about breast surgery and breast reconstruction decisions.

Anstett is married to journalist Tim Kiska and the mother of three children.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Bite Me Cancer_01Kathleen Galligan, photographer, is an Emmy award-winning photographer and videographer who specializes in women’s health, social justice, mental health, poverty, and juvenile justice issues. A single mother with two sons, Galligan worked as a plastic surgery center photographer before joining the Detroit Free Press in 2002. Her first online documentary project, “Christ Child,” about a residential treatment center for severely abused and neglected boys, was awarded a national news and documentary Emmy in 2009. Her work also has captured a National Headliners Award in journalistic innovation as well as numerous national and state awards in photography.



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