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Melinda Kane is a member of the stakeholder panel for the PCORI-funded DECIDE-LVAD Trial and the implementation project, I-DECIDE-LVAD, which promotes the use of the original trial’s findings and its shared decision making program. She currently works as a project consultant for WellStar Health System in Atlanta. Previously, she was an administrator for the medical and surgical bariatric program at Emory Healthcare.

Kane has been a caregiver to her mother, who suffered from heart failure and was a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patient; to her twins, who were born prematurely at 27 weeks and spent three months in the NICU; and her father, who had Parkinson’s Disease.

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree in healthcare management and administration from Mercer University.

Kane was a speaker at the 2019 PCORI Annual Meeting's Morning Plenary session, How Can We Do That? Effectively Putting New Evidence into Practice. During the session, she explained why shared decision making is critical for heart failure patients and their families.