Heide Aungst, MA
Senior Specialist, Communications & Outreach
Heide Aungst has held communication positions at Case Western Reserve University, GE Lighting and BP America. At Case Western Reserve, she split her time between Family Medicine and Community Health Research – where she worked on an initiative called PHAB: Promoting Health Across Boundaries – and the Department of Bioethics, examining donor attitudes towards biobanks for a grant funded by the National Human Genome Institute. She served on the ethics committees at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. In addition, she has worked as a health, medical and biotech writer, covering topics that include genetic issues in the Amish, stem cell and genomic technology, and end-of-life care. Her work has been published in Cleveland Magazine, Inside Business, Medical Economics, Contemporary Pediatrics and Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. In 2009, her Cleveland Magazine article “Georgianna’s Choice”– about a pregnant woman's decision to continue a pregnancy with a baby who was not expected to live – was one of five national finalists for the City and Regional Magazine Association awards and won "Best Medical Writing" from the Ohio Press Club. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and an MA in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University.