Dave deBronkart

  • TED Talk with standing ovation
  • Top spokesman for patient experience, engagement, safety 
  • Mayo Clinic’s 2015 Visiting Professor in Internal medicine
  • High tech businessman who faced death and survived Stage IV kidney cancer

Cancer survivor “e-Patient Dave” (empowered, engaged, equipped, enabled) is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining speaker on all aspects of how patients and survivors can be active contributors in healthcare and life science. An accomplished speaker in his business life, he tailors each speech to your organization’s culture, your event’s focus and your audience’s concerns. 

Dave’s achievements as a speaker are unique among patient voices, as is his recognition by the medical establishment:

  • His TED Talk “Let Patients Help” has been translated into 26 languages, and with over a half million views was for years among the most watched TED Talks of all time. 
  • In 2012 the National Library of Medicine began capturing Dave’s blog into its History of Medicine Division.
  • In 2013 he became an advisor to the editors of the British Medical Journal on their patient panel, and published his first invited article there.
  • In 2014 he was invited to deliver a plenary address to the 100th annual meeting of the National Board of Medical Examiners, followed by a thought leadership session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which received a standing ovation. 
  • In 2015 he was the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine, and is a Platinum Fellow on the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. 

A co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the Society for Participatory Medicine, he has published over a thousand blog posts and dozens of articles and cover stories, and has spoken at nearly 600 events in sixteen countries, addressing audiences from hospitals to governments to medical schools and private and public companies. He’s appeared in Time, Wired, USA Today, the Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, U.S. News, and the Health Leaders cover story “Patient of the Future.” In 2009 HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” 

Facing imminent death has given Dave an inspiring and urgent perspective on empowering the ultimate stakeholders – the patient and family – in partnership with care providers, to better help healthcare achieve its potential.

To book Dave deBronkart call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Healthcare, Innovation, Inspiration

  • Travels From:

    New Hampshire

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

Cancer survivor “e-Patient Dave” (empowered, engaged, equipped, enabled) is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining speaker on all aspects of how patients and survivors can be active contributors in healthcare and life science. An accomplished speaker in his business life, he tailors each speech to your organization’s culture, your event’s focus and your audience’s concerns. 

Dave’s achievements as a speaker are unique among patient voices, as is his recognition by the medical establishment:

  • His TED Talk “Let Patients Help” has been translated into 26 languages, and with over a half million views was for years among the most watched TED Talks of all time. 
  • In 2012 the National Library of Medicine began capturing Dave’s blog into its History of Medicine Division.
  • In 2013 he became an advisor to the editors of the British Medical Journal on their patient panel, and published his first invited article there.
  • In 2014 he was invited to deliver a plenary address to the 100th annual meeting of the National Board of Medical Examiners, followed by a thought leadership session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which received a standing ovation. 
  • In 2015 he was the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine, and is a Platinum Fellow on the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. 

A co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the Society for Participatory Medicine, he has published over a thousand blog posts and dozens of articles and cover stories, and has spoken at nearly 600 events in sixteen countries, addressing audiences from hospitals to governments to medical schools and private and public companies. He’s appeared in Time, Wired, USA Today, the Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, U.S. News, and the Health Leaders cover story “Patient of the Future.” In 2009 HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” 

Facing imminent death has given Dave an inspiring and urgent perspective on empowering the ultimate stakeholders – the patient and family – in partnership with care providers, to better help healthcare achieve its potential.

To book Dave deBronkart call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Patient experience and satisfaction
This vital metric finally affects reimbursement. How can providers learn to understand patient stories and experience as a source of mutual value? 

65!  The demographic boom in elders and our care
I survived, so I’m over 65! In fact more than half of everyone who’s ever been 65 is alive today. We must learn to partner effectively, use telehealth, apps, etc.

Consumerization and disruption: what they’re doing to healthcare
Before cancer, I lived through disruption in my industry – and lost. There are many parallels with consumerization of healthcare.

Palliative care / facing death / end of life
I have vivid memories of my own probable death. My keynote at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California received a standing ovation.

The paradigm of patient: How technology is altering what patients can do
The great patient awakening is underway. As an MIT graduate student of science, and follower of Sixties social movements, I see relevant patterns.

What if engagement’s not the “blockbuster drug of the 21st century”?
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Why? What can we do?

OpenNotes: street reality of patient access to visit notes
The OpenNotes project lets patients view their clinicians’ unedited visit notes. It’s proven to have immense benefits. I’m a user and on their advisory board.

Additional topics, past and proposed:

  • A marketer experiences healthcare as a dying person
  • Genomics and precision medicine from the patient’s perspective
  • The Quantified Self: How the data patients collect is changing what’s possible
  • I used e-health apps and behavior change to cure pre-diabetes
  • Accountable care and population health: Let patients help!
  • The IOM’s Best Care at Lower Cost: Why patient/clinician partnerships are a cornerstone of better care
  • Patient involvement in designing clinical trials
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VP, Programs, Rotary Club of Seattle

“e-Patient Dave delivers a powerhouse keynote that is emotional, informational and funny all wrapped around an important call to action to Let Patients Help. His personal story of becoming a partner in his treatment and survival has no doubt inspired others to take an active part in beating cancer and understanding how to navigate our health care system.”

President, The Leapfrog Group

“Six months later, people are still remarking on your powerful speech at our annual meeting. You tell pointed stories that rouse us to act, with some gentle humor and some not-so-gentle tragedy to remind us why what you are saying matters. And it does matter. Patients are the solution, not the problem. You are an educator and a coach, unafraid to speak the truth but determined to use that truth to guide us all in new directions. I don’t think anyone was the same after hearing your inspirational speech.”

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

“Everyone was very very enthusiastic about your talk and keeps discussing what it would mean in our field. Thanks!”

Senior marketing executive, PWC

“Hysterically, fabulously great”
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