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Rita Buckley is the principal of Buckley/Swartz, Inc., a Boston-based medical communications firm. She provides writing and editing services to select clients in government, industry, and academic medicine.

A summa cum laude graduate of Boston University College of Communication, Buckley brings over 20 years of wide-ranging experience to bear on each assignment.

Her clients have included entrepreneurial ventures, Fortune 100 companies, and top-tier academic medical centers. Her work has appeared in publications that range from Nature to The Boston Sunday Globe.

Rita is a member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) since 2002.


  • Boston University (Boston, MA), Bachelor of Science, Public Relations; Dean’s List, summa cum laude
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA), Master of Business Administration
  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (Middlebury, VT), Middlebury College
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and Boston University (Boston, MA)--Advanced Writing Courses
  • International Conference on Practical Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity, 2008 Harvard Medical School CME (Boston, MA)


  • American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
  • National Association of  Science Writers (NASW)
  • Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • Bookbuilders of Boston
  • Public Affairs Officer – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Widely published in the business press, trade publications, consumer websites, and medical and scientific journals.


American Medical Writers Association

2005 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication
Lehman Center Report: Best Practices in Weight Loss Surgery (Obesity Research, February 2005)

2005 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication
Teaching, Learning, Doing: Best Practices in Education
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2005)

2010 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication
The Lehman Series: Expert Panel on Weight Loss Surgery (Obesity, February 2009)

2010 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communicatiion
What to do About High Cholesterol

(Harvard Health Publications, 2009)

Areas of Specialization

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Nutrition
  • Weight Loss Surgery
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obstetrics
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology


  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Nature
  • Nature Cardiovascular
  • Obesity Epidemiology (Hu, F.B., Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association
  • Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
  • Journal of Women’s Health
  • Gastroenterology
  • Journal of Nutrition
  • Prostate
  • International Journal of Cancer
  • American Heart Journal
  • Obesity Research
  • Journal of Nutritional Oncology, Second Edition (Heber D., Academic Press/Elselvier, 2006) 
  • Boston Business Journal
  • Clinical Cornerstone
  • Boston Sunday Globe
  • Obesity
  • Obesity Management