publication date: Sep. 5, 2014

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Jessie Gruman, 60, CFAH Founder and President

Jessie Gruman, founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health since 1992, died July 14. She was 60.

Gruman advocated for policies and practices based on her own experiences of treatment for five cancer diagnoses, interviews with patients and caregivers, surveys and peer-reviewed research. She had five cancers, starting with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 20, followed by cancers of the cervix, colon, and stomach. At 59, she received the diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer.

She was the author of AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You – or Someone You Love – a Devastating Diagnosis; Slow Leaks: Missed Opportunities to Encourage Our Engagement in Our Health Care; A Year of Living Sickishly: A Patient Reflects; The Experience of the American Patient: Risk, Trust and Choice; Behavior Matters; as well as scientific papers, opinion essays and articles.

“The Center has lost a brilliant colleague,” said M. Chris Gibbons, chair of the board of trustees of the Center for Advancing Health. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Jessie have lost a dear friend.”

“Jessie was a tireless advocate for patients. For the past ten years, Jessie focused her efforts and the efforts of CFAH on advancing patient engagement as well as helping people find and benefit from good health care,” he said. “We will deeply miss her powerful and inspiring voice for patients, families and caregivers.”

Gruman was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations and was … Continue reading 40-33 Obituaries

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