Our Team

Liz Salmi

Liz Salmi is the Senior Multimedia Communications Manager for OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She’s also a patient.

After receiving a brain cancer diagnosis one week after her 29th birthday, Liz began blogging

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Shirley Otis-Green is Clinical Director at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and founder of Collaborative Caring. Her education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and the creation of meaningful organizational change.

Eve A. Isham, PhD

Eve Isham is a cognitive scientist. Her lab explores human cognitive processes including time perception, action, and decision making.

At the University of Arizona, Dr. Isham is the Director of the Consciousness-Action-Time laboratory, an affiliate faculty in the Cognitive Science Graduate Group

Michael Hogarth, MD, FACP, FACMI

Dr. Michael Hogarth is a faculty member in the UC San Diego Health Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and serves as UC San Diego Health's Clinical Research Information Officer (CRIO). He is also Director of Biomedical Informatics for the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute (ACT

Karen A. Smith, RN

Before retiring in 2015, Karen Smith, RN, was the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurosurgery at UC Davis Medical Center for 30 years.

Today, Karen is a volunteer for the UC Davis Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery, and is the facilitator for the UC Davis Brain Tumor Support Group.

Torrie Fields

Torrie Fields is the Senior Program Manager for Advanced Illness & Palliative Care at Blue Shield of California. She leads the development and implementation of palliative care programs and policies across the state of California.

Torrie is a survivor of cervical cancer, an advocate for palli

Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPH

Social psychologist and health services researcher at the University of Colorado. Daughter and care partner of a person who had glioblastoma.

Adam Hayden, MA

Adam Hayden, MA (@adamhayden) is a graduate trained philosopher, blogger, and speaker. In June 2016, Adam was diagnosed with the aggressive and deadly brain cancer, glioblastoma (GBM), a grade IV astrocytoma. Following his d

Whitney Hayden, MOT/OTR

Whitney received her Bachelors in Kinesiology at Indiana University before going on to earn a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. For the past 10 years, she has worked at her local county/level 1 trauma hospital as well as several long term rehab facilities providing r

Margaretta S. Page, RN, MS

Margaretta is a career neuroscience nurse. She has spent the last 27 years as a member of the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Clinical Team. Her roles have included providing direct patient care to the neuro-oncology patient across the disease trajectory, research, support group facilitation, and patient and pe

Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, FANA

Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, FANA, is co-director of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medical Center, Seattle. Dr. Taylor is a neuro-oncologist. She is an expert in the care of patients with primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors and spinal tumors, as well as neurologic complications of canc

Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FAAN

Dr. Saria is an advanced practice registered nurse with over eighteen years of experience in oncology serving in multiple roles ranging from direct clinical care to program development and management. He is currently the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center a

Lisa A. O’Leary, Esq.

Lisa O’Leary is a practicing attorney in California. She received her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California where she studied Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration. Lisa completed her legal studies at Thomas Jefferson School of La

Michael Fratkin, MD

Father, husband, brother, son, and physician, Dr. Fratkin is dedicated to the well being of his community. Since completing his training, he has made his home and built his family in rural Northern California. He has served his community in primary care in a community clinic system, as a medical dir

Amanda Bates

Amanda Bates is the Research Programs Manager for the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). She is leading the development of the Patient and Caregiver Engagement Program. She is also a staff member of the read more