About Us

Our Mission

Proto, a prefix of progress, connotes first, novel, experimental. Alone, it conjures an entire world of the new: discoveries, directions, ideas. In taking proto as its name, this magazine stakes its ground on medicine’s leading edge—exploring breakthroughs, dissecting controversies and opening a forum for informed debate.

Our History

Proto was launched in 2005 as an effort to widen the reach of medical discoveries and extend the debate on medical topics. A high standard for scientific reporting was its goal from the outset. While Massachusetts General Hospital founded the magazine and serves as a launching pad for many stories, Proto covers important news wherever it happens.

The Proto podcast was launched in 2011 as a way to further amplify voices at the cutting edge of medicine. In each episode, a different member of the MGH community serves as a co-host guiding listeners through important topics of the day.

Editorial Board & Staff
  • Stephen B. Calderwood, M.D.
  • Alasdair K. Conn, M.D.
  • Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Mason W. Freeman, M.D.
  • Daniel A. Haber, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Daniel B. Hoch, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Lisa Iezzoni, M.D.
  • Robert E. Kingston, Ph.D.
  • David Louis, M.D.
  • Joan W. Miller, M.D.
  • Harry W. Orf, Ph.D.
  • John A. Parrish, M.D.
  • Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D.
  • Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, M.D.
  • Nathaniel M. Sims, M.D.
  • James H. Thrall, M.D.
  • Joseph P. Vacanti, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Peggy Slasman Editor-in-Chief
  • Sarah Alger Senior Editor
  • Michael Morrison Social Media Editor
Foundry360 at Meredith Corporation
  • Diane di Costanzo Vice President, Editorial
  • Syndi Becker Executive Design Director
  • George J. Baer III Vice President, Client Relationships
  • Jason Anthony Editor
  • David Bumke Project Editor
  • Isha Sharma Assistant Editor
  • Matt Hageman Art Director
  • Geoff Chadsey Photo Editor
  • Cynthia Manalo Account Director