Our Vision for Healthcare Communication
- Patients and families who are actively engaged in their own health care.
- Strong patient/doctor relationships based on shared knowledge and open communication.
- High quality medical care that reflects patients’ preferences and goals.
- To help patients partner with their clinicians to plan for future medical care.
- To offer patients and families videos that illustrate the medical conditions they have and the treatment options they face.
We are a non-profit foundation consisting of a group of clinicians who want to empower patients and families with video support tools. Our video support tools are carefully crafted after undergoing rigorous review by leading experts in medicine, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, ethics, and decision-making. We are thankful to the patients and families who have agreed to be filmed for the purposes of educating and improving decision-making for all patients. Today, multiple healthcare systems use our video support tools to empower patients and families.
Dr. Volandes is a physician researcher, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and co-Founder of the Foundation. He is an internationally recognized expert on the use of video decision support tools, decision science, and ethics. He leads an internationally recognized group of innovators and video artists who create video support tools to better inform patients about their options for medical care. Dr. Volandes’ work has been featured in major publications and national media and he is the author of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, a medical degree from Yale, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard.
Dr. Davis is a co-Founder of the Foundation. She has had a long-standing interest in applying her legal skills for vulnerable populations within the healthcare system to promote more patient-centered care. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Davis was a practicing attorney who advocated on behalf of Medicaid recipients and the uninsured as well as represented individuals and corporations in corporate criminal matters. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a medical degree from Harvard.
Dr. Abbo is an internist, hospitalist, and palliative care physician who is currently a strategic medical director for quality at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. He previously was the medical director at CountyCare, the Medicaid managed care plan for the Cook County Health and Hospital System, after a career in academic medicine at the University of Chicago where his research and teaching focused on the nexus of the patient, the health care delivery system, and the law. Dr. Abbo received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, his medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dr. Lenny López is Chief of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. His current research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. Dr. López received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
Mr. Young is responsible for the Foundation’s video, content, and technology portfolio. As Chief Information Officer, he collaborates with our executive team to establish the product roadmap and strategy, while developing our technologies to provide innovative, compelling videos for our clients. Jake has over 14 years of experience working in the field of healthcare information technology. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Boston College.
Dr. Paasche-Orlow is a physician and researcher at Boston Medical Center. Health literacy is the central topic of his research career. He is a nationally recognized expert and lectures widely across the country. He received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a Masters in Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.