Since retiring from day-to-day management at Modern Healthcare in May 2017, Merrill Goozner has continued to write a weekly opinion column for the nation’s leading healthcare trade journal. He also speaks and serves as a moderator for panel discussions at numerous industry and Modern Healthcare events. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Goozner was responsible for the editorial direction and content for Modern Healthcare’s magazine, e-newsletters and website. Prior to joining Modern Healthcare, his journalism career spanned nearly 40 years as an editor, writer and journalism educator. In 2004, he authored The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs (University of California Press). He previously served as a foreign, national and chief economics correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and a professor of journalism at New York University. He has contributed numerous articles to both the lay press and scientific publications over the course of his career. He earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1982 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Cincinnati in 1975. The University of Cincinnati named him a distinguished alumni in 2008 and inducted him into its Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Goozner and his wife, Karen, have three children and three grandchildren and live in Chicago.