How can research help people make health care decisions that are individual to them? This Opening Plenary session will review a few select PCORI-funded studies to help highlight PCORI’s effort to tailor healthcare choices to the needs of each person, based on their personal characteristics, biology, history, and preferences. This includes the adoption of the latest technological advances in screening for health conditions; making treatment decisions using tools that help predict outcome success; and using individualized plans to help improve care satisfaction.

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Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Mentoring
Indiana University School of Medicine


Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
Director, Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center; Alfred de Lorimier Endowed Chair in General Surgery
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Comparing Two Ways to Schedule Breast Cancer Screenings -- The WISDOM Study
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Diane Heditsian
Patient Advocate Partner
Research Advocate

​David Kent, MD, MS
Director, Predictive Analytics and Comparative Effectiveness Center
Tufts Medical Center
Improving Diabetes Prevention Based on Predicted Benefits of Treatment
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​John Cuddeback, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
American Medical Group Association​

​Karen Syrjala, PhD
Director, Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Survivorship Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Assessing Personalized Care Plans for Patients Who Received Hematopoietic Cell Transplant for Cancer Treatment
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​Barry Schatz, MHSA
Patient Partner
Associate Director for Administration
Cancer Center at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

At the meeting, Barry Schatz read an original poem about the outcomes that matter to patients.


Wendy Nickel, MPH
Vice President of Prevention
Colorectal Cancer Alliance

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