Upon recognizing significant unmet needs and challenges in patients' experiences throughout their cancer diagnosis, Dr. Grace Cordovano founded Enlightening Results in 2010. As the culmination of her life's experiential learning and education, Dr. Cordovano is dedicated to fostering personalized patient advocacy services, specializing in the oncology space. She strategically guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care planning with empathy, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information and tools to make empowered decisions about their care. Through her advocacy work, she is humbled to witness first-hand the challenges, the barriers to access, the unmet needs, the grief, the joys, the suffering, the financial toxicities, and the losses patients face in the midst of a diagnosis. She has made these insights actionable as a patient experience enhancer.
Dr. Cordovano is a firm believer in the continuous advancement of patient education, engagement, empowerment, and experiences through the infusion of empathy, design thinking, technology, and compassionate business strategy. As a patient opinion leader, she elevates the patient and carepartner's voice in discussions on maximizing accessible innovation, digital transformation, enhancing diversity, improving patient outcomes, driving real-world interoperability, and the culture of value based, human-centered care.
Dr. Cordovano is passionate about leveraging digital tools and social media to deliver content that resonates with patients, that is crafted in a culturally sensitive manner and at an appropriate health literacy to deliver authentic value. She's a champion for the use of digital tech and social media to bridge gaps in informational silos and fallout from poor interoperability. She firmly believes that ideation, implementation, and mass adoption of digital tech must happen through the lens of empathy, in partnership with patients and carepartners, to deliver valuable, human-centered care. Dr. Cordovano collaborated with the American Medical Association on their Digital Health Implementation Playbook to ensure implementation strategies are inclusive of understanding the lay patient's and carepartner's experience, health literacy, values, preferences, and needs.
Dr. Cordovano is one of 5 e-patients selected to participate in the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California's e-Patient Ambassadors program, funded by the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award, to build awareness about and drive earlier uptake of palliative care in patient care. She is laser-focused on not only improving the patient experience and patient care, but to champion life-focused care.
Dr. Cordovano completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She is a board-certified patient advocate via the international credentialing of the Patient Advocate Certification Board. Dr. Cordovano is a proud member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, Society of Participatory Medicine, Savvy Cooperative, and Health 2.0 NYC, and serves as a Citizen Health ambassador. Dr. Cordovano is an award-winning, nationally recognized patient advocate, featured in StatNews, KevinMD, Tincture, The Healthcare Blog, US News World, Kaiser News, etc. Follow her on Twitter at @GraceCordovano.