About | Suzanne Purkis


Suzanne Purkis, academic, science, and medical communications expert

I’m a freelance academic, science, and medical communications expert specializing in social science, medicine, and STEM communications. I have more than 18 years of professional communications experience as an editor, writer, and project manager.

Nothing is more rewarding than helping my clients produce documents that reflect their knowledge, expertise, and passion. Whether I’m editing a journal article, overseeing the production of a report, writing a submission for an organization, or converting documents to plain language, I thrive on using my experience and skill to help make your documents shine.

In addition to working with many independent authors, physicians, and academics, my client list includes the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the University of Saskatchewan, Decker Intellectual Properties, Liheng Medical Translation, the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and many others.

Read my client testimonials to see what my clients say about my work.

Current and past projects include:


  •    •   Developed two Project Charters for a national medical society (Writer)
  •    •   Position statement on Effects of Electronic Screens on Children’s Vision (Project Manager)
  •    •   Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (Managing Editor)
  •    •   Joint response to Health Canada regarding drug shortages (Project Manager)
  •    •   Report for a submission to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada (Writer)
  •    •   Coaching a researcher through the peer review/revision process (Writing Coach & Editor)
  •    •   Position statement on Retinitis Pigmentosa (Writer & Project Manager)
  •    •   Series of research articles on law, gender, and disability (Editor)
  •    •   Summaries of articles for a medical journal (Writer)
  •    •   Master’s research paper on law and human rights (Editor)
  •    •   Journal article on PICC-related venous thrombosis (Editor)
  •    •   Master’s thesis in epidemiology (Editor)
  •    •   Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (Production Editor)
  •    •   Journal article on academic performance and attachment styles (Editor)
  •    •   PhD dissertation on sports psychology (Editor)

I’m an active member of the Editors’ Association of Canada and the Council of Science Editors. I have experience working with the following style guides: APA, AMA, Chicago Manual of Style, Vancouver Style, McGill Style, Canadian Style, and Editing Canadian English. I am also the volunteer organizer of the Ottawa Freelancers networking group, and I have given presentations on networking at several editing conferences.