About Rachel

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Like most people who enter the field of patient safety, I am a harmed patient. My full story can be found here.

I channeled the frustration and anger into advocating for others who have been harmed by a drug or device, educating medical professionals and patients, analyzing research, fighting for transparency, and affecting policy change.

After working for a non-profit for several years, I am now Founder and President of Patient Safety Impact.

Patient Safety Impact works in partnership with established consumer advocacy groups and agencies whose work centers around patient safety. Its focus is on healthcare, patient engagement, patient safety, and navigating through a flawed medical system.

I also serve as a Special Government Employee (SGE) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where I represent the interests of patients from a patient safety perspective and make recommendations based on scientific data. In addition, I serve as a peer-reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and I am a Contributor for Drug Watch.

Recently, I became active in local Charlotte politics and I am providing recommendations to implement mental health programs.

Originally from New Jersey, I now live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and two dogs.