Maria T. Crocitto is CEO of Advantage Communications, LLC, a medical education and communications company she founded in New York City in 1997. Ms. Crocitto has been a leading expert in implementing global education plans for medical societies, research centers, and the pharmaceutical industry. Her hands-on experience ranges from clinical research to journalism to the development of strategic medical education programs. After attending the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Columbia University, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Certificate in Science and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Prior to founding Advantage, as a science writer at Medical Tribune, her articles were syndicated in Asian Medical News and the Japanese hospital posters Medical Bulletins. Ms. Crocitto also worked for six years in the United States Bureau of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. She is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish. Outside the office, she has devoted her time to serving on the board of directors of the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, and working on projects in Africa and the U.S for AIDS foundations, overnight homeless shelters and soup kitchens, supporting women survivors of war, and fundraising for hospitals’ neonatal intensive care units.