Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease unveiled its inaugural Disruptive Innovators Awards recipients at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting.
One of the seven awards, the Patient Voice award, went to a patient advocate who has helped move the needle on a disease regarding discussion in the public sphere and better communication between patients and providers.
Dan Sharp, a patient with IBD and advocate, was the recipient of the Patient Voice award.
Sharp launched his official patient advocate site 3 years ago and stands out as a name both practitioners and patients know in the field of IBD. Working with various people, he has led the charge for better communication between patients and providers via his work on social media, advisory boards, support groups and public speaking.
“Honestly, I’m still processing the fact that I was even nominated in the first place, so I don’t think I can fully express what this means to me, but it means a great deal,” he said to Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease in an exclusive video.
Sharp gave immense thanks to clinician researchers who have helped provide him with opportunities to share his perspective and promote patient advocacy and said that it has positively impacted his life.
Sharp also thanked the other co-finalists among the Patient Voice category for “helping to support and amplify the patient voice.”