Brandy Parker-McFadden is a wife, mother, patient advocate, Executive Director/Founder of My Epilepsy Story (MES), a woman living with epilepsy, and a caretaker for her son who lives with autism.  She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the organization’s Epilepsy Leadership Council (ELC). Parker-McFadden is a member of the AES-ELC: Surveillance/Prevention Working Group and Membership Committee, and a consultant and patient advocate on both the Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD) and the Collaboration for Outreach and Prevention Education (COPE) for Children with Epilepsy projects. Parker-McFadden became a PCORI Ambassador in 2014. In addition, she is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology: Epilepsy Quality Measure Development Work Group and American Academy of Neurology: Women with Epilepsy Guideline Work Group. She has been published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal for her work regarding the Updated Quality Measurement Set. Parker-McFadden testified before the Institute of Medicine (IOM) about her personal epilepsy story in 2011, which inspired her to found MES. She presents at hospitals and universities Grand Rounds throughout the United States, emphasizing the importance of patient-centered care. Parker-McFadden also presents on the importance of patient-driven research.

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