Susanne Van Weelden
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurosurgery – Finance & Administration Vice-Chair
Susanne Van Weelden is a breast cancer survivor and has a father affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Having struggled with challenges associated with seeking and receiving appropriate treatment, she has learned the importance of a multidisciplinary healthcare team that is complemented by friends and family. In addition, she recognizes the importance of clinical trials as these bring hope to thousands of patients affected by disease. As a healthcare administrator, she sees the need for improving access to care among underserved populations. This includes improving healthcare delivery systems, access to care for disadvantaged populations, and forging sustainable relationships between stakeholders. A clear need exists to bring healthcare stakeholders together to develop and test patient engagement approaches, to allow for more effective implementation and dissemination. The transformation of healthcare delivery systems requires a paradigm shift that must be supported by stakeholders, and the systems’ individual parts cannot be viewed in isolation. It is Van Weelden’s goal to make long-lasting contributions in this field. PCORI Ambassadors, merit and peer reviewers, and advisory panel members have the unique chance to provide input on important health-related questions. Van Weelden cherishes the opportunity to work with other stakeholders to prioritize research areas, make contributions to PCORI’s mission, and build sustainable networks. Her work experience, involvement with PCORI, and her educational background, coupled with her commitment to patient advocacy, allow Van Weelden to take the next step in this exciting journey.
Involvement with PCORI
PCORI Merit Reviewer