Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN, chairs the AAN's Medical Economics and Management Committee. She is a medical writer and the editor-in-chief of Neurology Now®, the AAN patient magazine. She writes for Neurology Today®, reporting on trends in the practice of neurology, since 2001, and is an associate editor for the publication. She is also the editor of the American Brain Foundation newsletter and the former editor-in-chief of AAN.com. 

She is Consumer Report's medical director, writes the Proactive Patient column for Consumer Reports on Health, and has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. She writes and frequently speaks about consumer health and wellness, medical economics, and medical practice management and has been the recipient of several APEX writing awards and the 2009 AAN Journalism Fellowship award. 

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Avitzur is a clinical instructor at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, where she completed her neurology residency, and a clinical assistant professor at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She is a practicing neurologist in Tarrytown, NY, and a medical consultant to the New York Rangers.