#Doctors20: Patient Opinion Leaders

The first session I attended on Day 1 at the Doctors 2.0 and You conference was Patient Opinion Leaders + Pharma. Denise Silber moderated the session. The speakers were –

  • Seth Ginsberg (@creakyjoints). Seth is cofounder of CreakyJoints, an online patient community for those with arthritis. Seth was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis at age 13. More about Seth here.
  • Andrew Schorr (@andrewschorr). Andrew is a medical journalist who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He is the founder of and More about Andrew here.
  • Nuria Zuniga (@TuLupus). Nuria was diagnosed with lupus at age 14. Nuria blogs at She was given a travel scholarship by the Society of Preventive Medicine to attend the conference. Read her qualifying essay on why she wanted to come to Doctors 2.0 here.

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Whose Choice is it Anyway?

At #PCP15, I listened to a symposium on how physicians communicate risk to patients. It reminded me of a recent post I had written on scaring patients. There was a patient on the sympo panel. She talked about surviving breast cancer and how when her surgeon sent her to an oncologist, the oncologist began writing down a chemotherapy regimen without even asking her if she wanted chemo or not. Read More »Whose Choice is it Anyway?