Executive Vice President for Patient Advocacy
Gwen Darien joined the National Patient Advocate Foundation as Executive Vice President, Patient Advocacy in March 2016 where she will help lead activities and programs that link Patient Advocate Foundation’s (PAF) patient service programs to National Patient Advocate Foundation’s (NPAF) advocacy and policy platforms in ways that will enhance the mission of both organizations to improve access and affordability for patient. Ms. Darien has nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience in the health care community. A long-time health advocate and thought leader in the cancer and biomedical research communities, Ms. Darien has extensive publications, education and policy expertise. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Programs and Services at the Cancer Support Community, where she oversaw research, programs, education and patient and family services, including CSC’s Cancer Experience Registry, Frankly Speaking about Cancer educational Program and a suite of educational and support services delivered in person, online and via telephone. Ms. Darien was founding editor-in-chief of two award-winning publications for people with cancer and those who care for them—CR and MAMM magazines. Ms. Darien served as the director of the American Association for Cancer Research Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program where she led initiatives to foster enduring partnerships among the cancer survivor, patient advocacy and scientific communities through collaborations, communications and education.