Author: Jessie Gruman



Jessie Gruman, PhD, is Founder and President of the Center for Advancing Health, a Washington-based nonprofit organization funded by the Annenberg, Macarthur, Kellogg Foundations and others. The Center works to increase patient engagement: people will not benefit from the health care available to them unless they participate fully and competently in it. Jessie draws on her experience with treatment for three cancer diagnoses, peer-reviewed research, and interviews to describe and advocate policies and practices to overcome the challenges people face in finding and using safe, decent health care.

She has worked on these concerns at AT&T, NCI, and ACS. She holds a BA from Vassar College and a PhD from Columbia University, teaches at The George Washington University, and co-edits the Journal of Participatory Medicine. She serves on the boards of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education of DHHS, and the Center for Information Therapy. Dr. Gruman received honorary doctorates from Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, New York, Northeastern, Salve Regina, and Tulane Universities, and the Presidential Medal of The George Washington University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jessie authored The Experience of the American Patient: Risk, Trust and Choice (2009), Behavior Matters (2008), and AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You—or Someone You Love—a Devastating Diagnosis (2007), as well as scientific papers, opinion essays, and articles published in the national media. She was a founding Co-Editor of this journal (2009-2010).