Courtney Preusse is a patient advocate and Research Administrator for the Pathology Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she works closely with the breast cancer program. Her experience as a patient partner in research began as a very personal decision point in her own clinical care.
She works and volunteers for the Fred Hutch and other local, national and international organizations to help shape, broaden and strengthen discussions on prevention, detection, treatment and care of women who have, or are at risk for, the disease. As an engaged patient partner, she serves as liaison between scientists and cancer communities to ensure that a patient perspective is present in research as it is only via open dialogue and partnership that, in medicine, we will be able to properly ask the right questions, improve upon quality and relevance of research, and better inform clinical healthcare decisions.
Courtney has contributed to numerous breast studies, clinical trials and pilot projects in development that promote awareness of and advances in cancer research. Most notably, she served as a stakeholder reviewer for the US Department of Defense and the New York Academy of Medicine; as a member of the European School of Oncology breast cancer program; an integral member of the West Coast Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition; a Patient Ambassador for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); a chairperson for the YSC’s Research Think Tank Committee; and a State Leader for the American Cancer Society. Recently she organized and co-led the Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Symposium at the Fred Hutch which brought together thought-leaders nationwide in this field.
Courtney has presented numerous posters at scientific meetings and is now working on manuscripts with colleagues at the Hutch. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD training program and AACR’s Scientist-Survivor Program.