Maria Kołtowska-Häggström, MD, PhD is a co-owner of Proper Medical Writing, the first Polish medical writing agency, and an independent consultant, affiliated to the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
After completing her medical studies in Wrocław, Poland,Maria worked for ten years as a paediatrician. In 1991, she began working within the pharmaceutical industry where she gained experience in both the marketing and medical sides of the business. Between 2001 and 2013, Maria worked at Pharmacia (later Pfizer) in Stockholm, Sweden, where she hold various responsibilities for large research databases.
Maria was a leading member of numerous research groups investigating growth hormone disorders in paediatric and adult patients managed in the real-life clinical setting. She has an extensive track record of quality of life and patient-reported outcomes research. She has also gained a wide experience in different ways of data presentation i.e. oral and poster presentations as well as publications. Furthermore, she lectured at different meetings related to late phase drug development and data management and drug safety evaluation.
She earned her PhD at Uppsala University (2008) based on the dissertation “Quality of life in adult patients with growth hormone deficiency; bridging the gap between clinical evaluation and health economic assessment”. Her over 70 peer-reviewed papers were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, European Journal of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrinology, Growth Hormone and IGF Research, Hormone Research in Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, Value in Health, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Polish Journal of Endocrinology, Management Issues (Warsaw University), Cost effectiveness and Resource Allocation, and American Journal of Cardiology.
She is a member of the European Medical Writers Association, European Association of Scientific Editors, European Society of Endocrinology, Growth Hormone Research Society, and the Society for Endocrinology.
She is also a reviewer for the European Journal of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrinology, European Endocrinology, Value in Health, European Journal of Health Economics, Archives of Medical Science and BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, an Associate Editor for BMC Endocrine Disorders and a member of Editorial Board as well as a Section Editor for Medical Writing.
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