Barbara Heifferon was an initiator in the development of a new sub-field of rhetoric called the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, which has grown internationally from 3 to over 300 scholars. The 1st group she convened and chaired for over 20 years has become a permanent part of the largest writing conference in the U.S. She has authored six books and numerous articles not including writing manuals and healthcare communication training modules. A graduate of University of Arizona, she has served as Department Chair at Rochester Institute of Technology and University Writing Director at Clemson and LSU. She joined the faculty of LSU as Writing Director in 2010. Her expertise as a former cardio-pulmonary technician and special procedures nurse has enabled her to fuse her two loves: medicine and writing. Her work internationally includes work in Wales, Italy and Germany. She has two amazing daughters and a grandson in New York.
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