About Patient Empowerment Foundation
The Patient Empowerment Foundation is a Geneva based, registered charitable foundation (CHE-301.369.308), established to support the education and empowerment of patients, family members and caregivers affected by cancer and other chronic diseases.
Please support us and give us your voice. Join our Patient Empowerment Movement to educate and support patients so that they can take control of their health and learn how to live and how to cope with their illnesses. Partner with us and help us to spread the word.
Knowledge is power and power brings patients the confidence and strength to help them through their “journey” with their illness. Help us help others gain this strength. Through donations and unrestricted grants, we are able to support the production materials and outreach programs. We offer patients a place to find organizations, support groups, advocacy groups, patient opinion leaders and others dedicated to our mission of patient empowerment. We offer inspiration from powerful patients who are in the know and want to help others. Please join us in our mission!
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Meet the Team
Founder & Board Chair
Andrew Schorr is a two-times cancer survivor and medical journalist who has been working in patient education for years. A co-founder of Patient Power, he is passionate in his belief that online programs, produced with integrity, can bring the latest information to the most remote cancer patients to help them feel part of a community and to gain access to treatments that will greatly improve their cancer journey.
Marie Ennis-O’Connor is a digital engagement strategist writer and international keynote speaker. Named #HIT100 Influencer, Marie is a ten-year breast cancer survivor and a board member of Europa Donna Ireland – The Irish Breast Cancer Campaign, a patient advocacy group that is one of 46 member countries across Europe.
Christine has been dealing with breast cancer since 2010. Today she is living well and, as she says, “having the time of my life” with her husband and two young sons. She is a social media specialist and the founder of a breast cancer community in Switzerland. Christine also trains healthcare professionals on the needs of empowered patients and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Stuart Smith has worked in the healthcare sector for more than 25 years, with particular research experience within the areas of leukemia and public health. Stuart founded World Health Communications Ltd., in 2009, an Edinburgh-based medical education company specializing in oncology. He is also founder of the Scottish-based charity Developing World Health.
Vincent Keunen is a software engineer and a Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) patient. His experience as a patient turned him into a digital health entrepreneur when he realised there was a gap in the information exchange between doctors and patients. In 2014 he launched Andaman7, a digital solution that allows patients manage their health data from the mobile phone.
Denise Silber is an eHealth pioneer and founder of the Doctors 2.0 & You conferences. She has been working to improve life for patients through digital tools for 20 years. She co-launched the 1st Health 2.0 conference outside the US, in Paris in 2010. She is a renowned speaker at international conferences and a recognised social media influencer.
Pierre Mikael Legris
Software engineer and former leukemia patient, Pierre-Mikael Legris became a digital health entrepreneur when he realized how important it was for patients to track their medication intake and other health-related data. Legris designed a decentralized health tracking solution, Pryv, that is able to storage and distribute data streams to various healthcare providers.
María de Bofarull
Project Coordinator &
Maria de Bofarull is an expert logistics coordinato based in Barcelona, Spain and working globally. She came to PEF in December of 2015 armed with a diverse background in finance and tourism, including an education from the University of Barcelona. She is passionate about helping patients. In her own words, “I left my previous job in a bank because I wanted to feel I was giving back to society. Now I am.”
Teresa is a journalist and Communications specialist from Barcelona that has an extensive experience in the healthcare and digital sector. She is passionate about patient empowerment and digital technologies and she strongly believes in the power of patients to transform the healthcare systems. She is also multilingual, speaking and writing in Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian.
Economist and Blogger since 2012, Nuria is a patient advocate always willing to contribute to patient engagement with government organizations, patient associations, medical community and society. She is Vicepresident of the Lupus Association of Madrid, Ambassador of Lupus Europe and part of the EUPATI Spanish platform.
Jean Gabriel Jeannot
Jean Gabriel Jeannot is a doctor and eHealth consultant. He has developed numerous projects to assist health care professionals and patients in their use of digital tools in their daily life. Jean Gabriel is also in charge of digital projects at the Lausanne University Medical Clinic.
Mitchell is a patient innovator, participating in and organising patient partnership programs aiming at including patient input during the design phase of new services for patients. He is also co-founder of Esperity, a platform to encourage patients to find peer support, find clinical trials and to promote self-tracking. Mitchell is also the chair of the Belgian EUPATI platform and a board member of ReumaNet. He has a PhD in bio-engineering from the KULeuven.
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