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Meg Gaines JD

Martha "Meg" Gaines, JD, LLM, an ovarian cancer survivor and clinical law professor, directs the Center for Patient Partnerships ( at the University of Wisconsin.

The interprofessional Center trains future professionals of medicine, law, policy, public health and pharmacy in health advocacy and patient-centered care in a unique model where they learn by providing advocacy services to patients with life threatening illnesses and teaming with other students across disciplines. Recipient of the ACS’ Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, the Wisconsin State Bar Health Law Attorney Award, and featured in the New York Times, Gaines speaks widely on consumer education and empowerment in health care and serves on many national boards including the Patient Advocate Foundation.

Gaines served on the National Consumer Engagement Faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, and currently serves on the steering committee for the ABIM Foundation’s Advancing Team Based Care for the Chronically Ill. Publications include An Odyssey of Hope, Alchemy: Medical Mediation at Its Best, and Advocating for Patients.