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Keynote Speaker Dave deBronkart

Dave deBronkart

Businessman, Stage IV Cancer Survivor

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
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General – corporate, associations, motivational

Inspiring and entertaining, Dave deBronkart presents a wonderful story of overcoming challenges with resourcefulness and optimism. He’s a businessman who partnered with his doctors to overcome Stage IV cancer and has since, amazingly, earned extraordinary medical credentials: he was the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor, was featured in the HealthLeaders cover story “Patient of the Future,” he’s a patient advisor to the editors of the British Medical Journal, and the National Library of Medicine is capturing his blog in its History of Medicine. His work now includes C-level roundtables and board retreats on strategy, as well as conference keynotes.

An accomplished business communicator before cancer, he’s spoken at hundreds of events in 18 countries, consistently receiving strong ratings. Corporate clients have included public and internal events for companies like Amazon, Dell, PwC, Philips, Aetna, Experian, Pfizer, Siemens, and SAS Institute. He has been recognized internationally as a thought leader in healthcare’s evolution, creating three books in nine languages and a TED Talk with a half million views in 27 languages.

Healthcare (updated November 2017)

  • TED Talk with standing ovation
  • Top spokesman for patient experience, engagement, safety
  • Mayo Clinic’s 2015 Visiting Professor in Internal medicine
  • High tech businessman who faced death and survived Stage IV kidney cancer

Cancer survivor Dave deBronkart, known on the internet as “e-Patient Dave,” is an inspiring, thought-provoking speaker on all aspects of how patients and caregivers can be active contributors in healthcare. Perfect for the era of value-based care, he was an accomplished speaker in his business life before cancer, and tailors each speech to your organization’s culture, your event’s focus and your audience’s interests. Facing imminent death has given him an inspiring and urgent perspective on empowering the ultimate stakeholders – the patient and family.

Dave’s TED Talk has been translated into 27 languages and was for years in the top half of most-watched TED Talks of all time. His great little book of insights and how-to’s Let Patients Help has been translated into eight languages, with introduction by famed Scripps cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now, who says it “will unquestionably help many individuals become more active and fully engaged in their health care.” Like Topol, he’s an avid believer in (and user of) e-health tools and apps.

With nearly 600 events in eighteen countries, Dave’s clients have included dozens of hospital events, health innovation events such as Health 2.0, Connected Health, and Exponential Medicine, corporate clients such as Philips, Aetna, Experian, Pfizer, Dell, Intersystems, and SAS Institute, and academic lectures and seminars at schools such as Mayo, Harvard, Dartmouth, Wharton, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


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