#149 CF Series: Gunnar Esiason on Patient Advocacy

06.04.2021 - By DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast

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On the third and final episode of our cystic fibrosis podcast series, our host Kira Dineen is joined by Gunnar Esiason who shares about his experience as a patient with CF. Gunnar is a cystic fibrosis and rare disease patient leader, who is passionate about early stage drug development, patient empowerment and health policy. He is a second-year MBA student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is also working towards a Master of Public Health degree at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. His first year course work included a First-Year Project with a health insurance start-up. Prior to Tuck, Gunnar received a BA form Boston College in 2013, worked on an enteral feeding product at a medical nutrition company, and was appointed to the board of directors at the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Gunnar maintains the roles of patient advocate and director of patient outreach at the Boomer Esiason Foundation, named after his NFL quarterback father. He has consulted on clinical trial development, a real world evidence population health study, and a cystic fibrosis-specific mental health and wellness screening tool.

On This Episode We Discuss:
Gunnar’s diagnosis and journey with CF
The anatomy of a CF care team
CF awareness and treatments around the world
Balancing CF with school, work, and relationships
How COVID-19 had affected CF patients
Connecting and interacting with people in the CF community

You can learn more about Gunnar and his story on his website and check out this article reflecting back on Gunnar and Boomer Esiason’s Sports Illustrated cover. Be sure to follow Gunnar on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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