Mat Edelson in New York City

Recognizing in Little League he was not destined for the New York Mets, Mat Edelson decided if he couldn’t play sports for a living, he’d report on them. That began a 30-year journey that took him from covering sports, to sports medicine, to medicine. His aim has always been to take the jargon out of medical talk so it’s understandable (as it should be) to everyone.

You may be familiar with Mat’s voice as the former host and producer of the Johns Hopkins Health Newsfeed. This daily broadcast, syndicated nationally on CBS and USA Radio, was his way of connecting the public with how they could use the latest medical news.

You might also recognize Mat’s medical and public health writing from magazines and books. Among his titles are five health-related cookbooks he’s co-authored for Penguin Random House. These include The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, which, with more than 150,000 copies sold, is a perennial Amazon bestseller in its category. Mat’s also been honored with numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award nomination for his public service reporting.

For those with time on their hands, here’s a closer look at Mat’s work.