Dave deBronkart, known online as “e-Patient Dave,” is the most widely known example of the e-patient movement: “empowered, engaged, equipped, enabled.” After beating Stage IV kidney cancer with great medicine, great clinicians, and practical advice from an Internet patient group, today he is using his “free replay in life” to advocate for transforming health care to listen to the patient’s perspective and look differently at the role of the patient. As cofounder and volunteer cochair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, he has spoken at more than 400 events in 14 countries; his TED Talk Let Patients Help has nearly a half million views.
Acceptance of his views by academia has been strong. In 2012, the National Library of Medicine began archiving Dave’s blog in its history of medicine; in 2014, he addressed audiences in medical education and certification at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Board of Medical Examiners; and, in 2015, he was the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine. He has authored two invited essays in the British Medical Journal, sits on their editors’ Patient Advisory Panel, and was lead author of an article in the Journal of Oncology Practice in 2015.