Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate who has been educating, empowering, and inspiring patients since 2007 through her blogs at Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa writes for HealthCentral.com (MM&M 2014 Media Brand of the Year winner) about living with rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, and encourage self-advocacy. She has been featured in Momentum Magazine, MS Focus, The Monitor, MedAdNews, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Pharmaphorum, Arthritis Today, and WegoHealthTV. An accomplished speaker, Lisa has brought the patient voice to healthcare conferences and meetings worldwide.
Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations. In 2014, she joined iConquerMS as Chair of the Communications Committee to help guide and launch this first-of-its-kind patient-driven, patient-governed research initiative established by the Accelerated Cure Project with funding from PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute).
Lisa has served as an advisor and consultant to the National MS Society, Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, and several pharmaceutical companies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of MS Softserve, a non-profit organization dedicated to help people with MS embark on a lifetime of learning through anxiety-free access to information, resources, and support.
With a passion for music, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Music in Music Performance from Baylor University, and completed doctoral studies toward the Doctor of Music in Music Literature and Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University. Lisa lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and their three cats, teaches private music lessons and performs in the DC area, and serves as her mother's caregiver at home.
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