Kim Pepitone is the Scientific Director at Cactus Communications, responsible for providing scientific direction and oversight for medical publications and communications projects. Kim also provides professional training for Cactus staff worldwide to ensure currency with professional standards and guidelines regarding medical publication practices.
Prior to joining Cactus, Kim was Senior Director, Skill Management, at ISMPP. During her 5-year tenure at ISMPP, Kim was responsible for professional education program content provided by ISMPP to its membership. Kim was also integrally involved in the creation of the Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) program, and was among the very first to be awarded the professional certification. She is presently the Vice Chair of the ISMPP Sunshine Act Task Force.
Kim began her career in obesity research at Rockefeller University. She realized in brief order that she preferred to spend her time out of the lab, writing about science and medicine. Early in her career, Kim held the position of managing editor of the journal Cardiovascular Medicine. Her extra practice has spanned more than 20 years in medical communications and publication agencies, where she has held senior-level positions in firms such as Excerpta Medica, ProHealth, and Access Communications.
Kim has authored articles on medical publications and has introduced at the annual meetings of ISMPP, the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), and The International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA). She has participated in ISMPP U(niversity) webinars as a speaker and moderator and facilitates educational workshops for CACTUS’ clients. She has also instructed a master’s level course in publication planning at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, graduating with honors, and has participated in master’s level course work on human nutrition at Hunter College, Fresh York, NY. Her professional recognitions include the Aegis Award for patient education movie (Living with Bladder Cancer), the Questar Award for medical movie (Management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury), and the Jesse H. Neal award for editorial excellence.