For superb doctors: primary Danny Sands, oncologist David McDermott, urologist/surgeon Andrew Wagner, orthopedic surgeon Megan Anderson.
For superbly skilled and caring nurse practitioners and nurses, starting with Kendra Bradley (who “got me” as a patient instantly and knew my needs, due partly she says to her years in pediatric oncology), Gretchen nee-Chambers now-something, Virginia Seery, MeeYoung Lee…
For the power of patient communities, particularly my KIDNEY-ONC group (managed by Robin Martinez) on ACOR (founded by Gilles Frydman).
For Paul Levy, who was CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess when I was “doctor-shopping” in 2003. I’d known him in college a bit, and hadn’t seen him much since then. But when I asked if BIDMC had primary doctors, he said “You’ll probably like this guy,” and connected me to Dr. Sands. A direct hit.
And I’m thankful for the world-changing wisdom of thought-leading organizations like Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, and Pew Research, especially the Pew Internet and American Life Project. (Actually Pew doesn’t lead thought, they just “count rocks,” socially, and report the facts. But that in itself is an innovation, in a world overloaded with opinion about what’s happening and what’s not.)
It thrills me, no end, that I’m alive to help advance the cause of better healthcare, both to aid the clinicians who did so much for me and to offer a lifeline to the many many patients who, every day, get news they didn’t want to hear. So much is at stake, and thank you – all – so very much for your work in this cause.