David Modrak, Ph.D.

Montville, NJ



Positions and Appointments:


Scientific Medical Writer

Continuing medical education: 

6/11 - pres.     Medscape

7/12 - pres.     American Health Resources

10/14 -4/15     E&S MedEd

1/15 - 3/15      Projects in Knowledge

6/13 - 12/14    American Pharmacists Association

5/12 - 2/13      Clinical Care Options

1/12 - 5/14      HealthStream

Promotional medical education: 

12/14 - pres.   Medical Writer, Devlin Hair − sales force training

8/14 - pres.     Medical Writer, Health Answers Education (Sudler & Hennessey) − sales force training

2/14 - 6/14      Medical Writer, MXM Health Communications

12/11 - 2/12    Medical Writer, BIG Communications

6/11 - 7/11      Associate Medical Director, Flashpoint Medica


Research Scientist

2/97 - 3/10      Principal Investigator, Garden State Cancer Center

12/92 - 2/97    Post-doctoral fellow, Division of Hem/Onc, Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and New England Medical Center


Adjunct Assistant Professor

7/05 - 12/06    Rutgers University-Newark, Anatomy/Physiology

1/01 - 8/05      Montclair State University, Anatomy/Physiology, Adv. Biological Techniques

8/94 - 12/94    Massachusetts Bay Community College, Chemistry



Ph.D. Biochemistry     1993    Indiana University, Bloomington

M.S. Chemistry           1986    University of South Carolina, Columbia

B.S. Chemistry             1984    Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA



Select published online educational activities:

o    An Oncology Nurses' Guide to New Targeted Agents in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer, Clin J Oncol Nurses, 2015 in press

o    Quality Improvement in Multiple Myeloma Care—Venous Thromboembolism Risk Mitigation and Treatment Strategies. Case Clinic #2- Relapsed/Refractory Therapy (Haymarket, in press)

o    Quality Improvement in Multiple Myeloma Care—Venous Thromboembolism Risk Mitigation and Treatment Strategies. Case Clinic #3- Maintenance Therapy (Haymarket, in press)

o    The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care, A National Certificate Training Program (CPE, 5 modules) (http://www.pharmacist.com/pharmacist-patient-centered-diabetes-care)

o    Managing the Complex Insulin Needs of Patients During Care Transitions, Pharmacy Today (CPE) (http://www.pharmacist.com/course-document/managing-complex-insulin-needs-patients-during-care-transitions)

o    The Current Status of Neoadjuvant Therapy in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/842641)

o    Managing a Patient at Risk for Febrile Neutropenia in Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/842634)

o    Key Updates in the Management of BRCA-Mutated Ovarian Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/842671)

o    Personalizing Treatment of Ovarian Cancer: Has the Time Finally Arrived? (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/841277)

o    Improving Outcomes in Adults with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/839214)

o    Hormone-Receptor Positive Advanced Breast Cancer: Optimizing First-line Strategies (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/837953)

o    The 2014 Annual Hematology Meeting in Myeloid Disorders: Highlights and Analysis (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/831251)

o    Hormone-Positive, HER2-Negative Advanced Breast Cancer: A Daily Challenge (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/836395)

o    Issues and Challenges in Treating Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/835391_transcript)

o    The Nurse View: Caring for Patients with Advanced Triple Negative Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/832754)

o    Perspectives on Triple Negative Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/833755)

o    Advances in Myeloma: Data Highlights From the 2014 Summer Hematology/Oncology Conferences (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/827281)

o    Advances in Lymphoma: Pivotal Data Highlights and Analysis From the 2014 Summer Congresses (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/827187)

o    Treating Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: One Starting Point, Diverging Paths (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/827254)

o    Best Practices in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: The Nurse View (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/828396)

o    Chemotherapy: Important Tool in the Armamentarium for Metastatic Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/826705)

o    The Nurse’s Toolbox:  Optimizing Patient Response to Chemotherapy and Maintaining Quality of Life (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/826125_2)

o    Gastric Cancer: Who, When, How, and Why (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/822191)

o    Breast Cancer Highlights, San Antonio 2013 http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/821283

o    Managing HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/819819)

o    New Targeted Agents in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: An Oncology Nurses' Guide (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/819087)

o    Metastatic Breast Cancer Clinic:  HER+ MBC (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/819819)

o    Updates in Aggressive B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/810790)

o    Removing the Guesswork: Selecting First-Line Treatment for Advanced Non-small-Cell Lung Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/807772)

o    Strategies for the Management of EGFR TKI Resistance in Advanced NSCLC (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/807837)

o    Optimizing Treatment for HER2-Positive Advanced Breast Cancer (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/810016)

o    Tuberous sclerosis complex (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/754184)

o    Hedgehog pathway inhibitors (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/750440)

o    Cushing Disease:  A Multidisciplinary Treatment Update (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/806559)

o    Multiple Myeloma in Session:  Fellows Journal Club (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Treatment%20Updates/Multiple%20Myeloma%20Fellows%202012.aspx)

o    Myeloma VA Grand Rounds live series 2013 (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Treatment%20Updates/Myeloma%20Grand%20Rounds.aspx)

o    Myeloma Local Live series 2013 [Frontline treatment (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Treatment%20Updates/Myeloma%20Local%20Live%202013/CCO%20Slidesets/MM_Frontline.aspx), Relapsed/Refractory (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Treatment%20Updates/Myeloma%20Local%20Live%202013/CCO%20Slidesets/MM_Relapsed_Refractory.aspx)]

o    ASH 2012 updates in myeloma  (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Conference%20Coverage/Hematology%202012/Myeloma.aspx) (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Conference%20Coverage/Hematology%202012/Myeloma/Myeloma.aspx)(http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Conference%20Coverage/Hematology%202012/CCO%20Slidesets/Multiple%20Myeloma.aspx)

o    ASCO 2012 updates in myeloma (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Conference%20Coverage/Clin%20Onc%20June%202012/Myeloma/Capsules/8009.aspx) (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Conference%20Coverage/Clin%20Onc%20June%202012/Myeloma/Myeloma.aspx)

o    HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer (http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Treatment%20Updates/HR-Positive%20HER2-negative%20Breast%20Cancer/Module/Clinical_Focus_Module.aspx)

o    Pressure ulcer care modules:  Pressure Ulcer Overview: A National Problem; Skin Basics: Anatomy & Physiology, Skin Assessment and Pressure Ulcer Staging; Safe Skin: Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment; The Science of Support Surfaces: Nomenclature, Design for Performance and Selection (https://library.hill-rom.com/Library/us/Home/Pressure-Ulcer-Management/Educational-Programs/)

o    Prgressive mobility modules:  Early Mobility Program Introduction; Complications of Immobility; Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy:  An Early Option for Mobilizing Patients; Mobilization of Critically Ill Patients Through Early Mobility (https://library.hill-rom.com/Toolkits/ProgressiveMobility/us/Home/)

o    Bariatric surgery modules:  Sensitivity: Considerations and Issues with the Obese Patient; Preoperative Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient; Bariatric Surgical Procedures: Issues and Considerations; Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient: Operative & Postoperative Care; Postoperative Complications of Bariatric Surgery (http://www.bariatricproductsource.com/resource/healthstream-bariatrics-series)


Needs assessments:

o    Cancers:

-      breast

-      cancer pain

-      cancer screening

-      castrate resistant prostate

-      CML

-      colorectal

-      gastric

-      Hodgkin lymphoma

-      immunotherapies

-      melanoma

-      multiple myeloma

-      non-Hodgkin lymphoma

-      NSCLC

-      renal

o  acute coronary syndrome


o  Affordable Care Act

o  anticoagulation

o  biosimilars

o  cancer disparities

o  concept mapping

o  depression

o  diabetes guidelines

o  diabetes disparities

o  drug addiction

o  end of life symptom management

o  hazardous medication control

o  heart failure

o  HIV

o  hypertension/dys-lipidemia

o  idiopathic thrombo-cytopenia

o  immunization/vaccin-ations

o  insomnia

o  insulin pumps

o  hepatitis C

o  multiple sclerosis

o  obesity

o  osteoporosis

o  pain

o  Parkinson's

o  rheumatoid arthritis

o  rhinitis, asthma, COPD

o  weight loss


Select published original research: