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Suzanne Schrandt

Director, Patient Engagement, Arthritis Foundation

Suzanne Schrandt is Director of Patient Engagement at the Arthritis Foundation. In this role, she develops and leads the Foundation's Patient Engagement strategy, working to infuse the lived experience of arthritis patients into key aspects of the healthcare system. Schrandt previously served as the Deputy Director of Patient Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She helped to launch several key PCORI efforts including the creation of the Engagement Rubric and the Engagement Officer role, the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement, the Pipeline to Proposal Awards initiative, the PCORI Ambassadors Program and the Framework on Compensation (for Patient Partners in Research). Schrandt's passion for patient engagement comes in large part from her own diagnosis with a rheumatic disease at age 14. She received her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and Professional Responsibility in Medicine & Research.