Dr. Ken Rabin


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Dr. Ken Rabin is a Special Projects Editor of the Journal of Health Communications: International Perspectives and senior counselor at Alfa Communications in Warsaw. His clients over the years have included Johnson and Johnson (for whom he helped develop and launch the Campaign for Nursing’s Future), Merck (HIV community and media relations for the launch of Crixivan, media relations for the ground-breaking CONSENSUS study), Sirtex (whose SIRT liver cancer treatment technology he has helped represent in Poland for more than 10 years), L’oreal – UNESCO “For Women in Science”, PhRMA and IFPMA. His campaigns have won a Silver Anvil, Gold Quill, and Big Apple Award of the NY PRSA. Ken retired in 2007 as executive vice president and director of international healthcare at Ruder Finn in Washington, London and Paris. During the course of his long career, he was also managing director of Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide healthcare practice, founding chairman of InterScience (a global healthcare PR company later acquired by 3BCom/Medicus), executive vice president and director of healthcare at Hill & Knowlton, and director of public affairs at Squibb (now BMS). Prior to entering the corporate world, Ken was associate professor and director of the graduate public relations program at American University in Washington, a communications specialist at Meharry Medical College, news director at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and a USIA foreign service information officer in Africa. His textbook, Informing the People (Longmans, 1981) written with Ray Hiebert and others, was considered the standard authority in government public information for many years.