Otesa Middleton Miles

If you’ve subscribed to the business standard, Dow Jones Newswires or read The Wall Street Journal’s prescription drug coverage, you’ve seen Otesa Middleton Miles’ byline.

For more than eight years, she made complex health and medical information clear and relevant to scores of readers, including those of Smart Money magazine.

Otesa also conducted several one-day seminars for Food and Drug Administration officials on working with the media, gave a seminar to a health public relations firm on targeting the medical media, served as a guest journalism lecturer at Howard University and at the University of Maryland, coached other writers at the National Association of Science Writers annual meeting and reported live on influenza vaccination on MSNBC and on an over-the-counter drug application on NPR.

In 2005, Otesa was one of only 16 journalists chosen from more than 140 international applications for the prestigious one-year Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There she focused her study on mental illness and traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina on the fellowship’s educational tour.

As an independent writer, Otesa has helped top doctors – national thought leaders – develop opinion pieces for publication in medical journals and mainstream media as well as created easy to understand, in-depth disease and new drug guides. One client called in a panic – a patient guide on a new drug needed to be written in short order. No problem! The client’s response: “You saved our butts on that one.”

Otesa has also edited manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and written fact sheets, glossaries, releases and broadcast scripts for major scientific sessions and FDA advisory committee meetings. Clients, including the American Heart Association, often ask her to transform complex scientific data and “doctor speak” into information the general public can understand. Because of her attention to detail, reliability, quick turn-around and grasp of medical data, Otesa’s clients enlist her for repeat assignments.

She has taught media writing to journalism, public relations and advertising majors at Virginia Commonwealth University. Through one class, Otesa partnered with Virginia’s office of the governor to create a media campaign for a grant won by the state’s office of Community Integration for People with Disabilities and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

Before entering medical writing, Otesa was an award-winning business writer and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she also reported live nightly on the local CBS affiliate.

Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, in the non-fiction book, “The Culture of Fear ” by Barry Glassner, published in 2000 by Basic Books and in the African-American National Biography published in 2008 by Harvard University and Oxford University Press.

A bit about her personal interest in mental health can be found in the May 2006 issue of Essence Magazine.

You can find more about Otesa at www.otesa.com.