Established in 2000, Writing with Insight® is the collective voice and vision of Gwen’s creative work as a freelance writer, workshop leader and health policy expert. And some of it is simply the reflections on everyday life.
Gwen’s perspective comes from experiencing first hand every apsect of the health care system — as a critical-care physician assistant, healthcare lawyer, patient advocate, public health official, government relations expert, women’s health executive, medical communicator and person living with a chronic disease.
Gwen’s work is compiled from a decade of freelance writing for RewireMe.com, as a monthly health columnist for Today’s Woman magazine, a feature policy writer for Medscape/WebMD, op/ed writer for Transplant News, feature writer for PULSE (official publication of ISPA), a columnist for Medscape Ob/Gyn Section on Women’s Health, a policy bloger for Get Better Health, and DC-editor for the Washington, DC city guide of Just Luxe.
MORE ABOUT GWEN’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Gwen currently serves as the Deputy Director of Advocacy Relations for the Women’s Healthcare Division of Bayer HealthCare and is the immediate-past EVP of Public Policy for the National Patient Advocate Foundation. She is the former Director of Government Relations and Reimbursement for Abiomed, Inc., a cardiac assist device manufacturer based in Danvers, MA. In this capacity, she was responsible for the public policy agenda and payment strategies for medical devices used in advanced cardiac support. In 2008, she spearheaded the reversal of a 22-year non-coverage decision for the artificial heart program resulting in a positive National Coverage Determination by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Coverage with Evidence Development.
Prior to joining Abiomed, Gwen was Of Counsel with Weber & Rose in Louisville, Kentucky following her appointment as the first Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Physical and Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Her advocacy for better public health screening, mental health parity and access to reproductive services by all women in need was credited as the “first voice” for women across the Commonwealth.
From 1988 to 1999, Gwen served with the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services as Special Assistant to the Director, then Chief of the Operations and Analysis Branch of the Division of Transplantation within the Health Resources and Services Administration. She was the Project Officer for the National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, two national contracts that remain the cornerstone for transplant policy in the U.S. Her interest in transplantation began at Emory University during the early 1980s when she was a practicing cardio-respiratory physician assistant coordinating heart and heart-lung procurement for some of the first organ transplant centers in the U.S. and Canada. While at DHHS, Gwen directed the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Organ Donation and received numerous awards and recognition for her pioneering work in transplant policy.
She is a national spokesperson for WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and a 2005 graduate of the Mayo/WomenHeart Scientific and Leadership Symposium.
Gwen, a native Kentuckian, received her BA from Transylvania University, her Masters in Medical Science from Emory University, and her JD with Honors from the University of Maryland. She is a member of Kentucky Bar Association, American Medical Writers Association and Leadership Kentucky. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
- Deputy Director/Advocacy Relations, Women’s Healthcare, Bayer HealthCare
- EVP of Public Policy/Government Affairs, National Patient Advocate Foundation
- Director of Government Relations/ Reimbursement, Abiomed, Inc.
- Attorney – Weber & Rose, PSC, Louisville, Kentucky
- Executive Director – Kentucky Office of Women’s Physical and Mental Health, Frankfort, Kentucky )
- Government Relations Manager – Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
- Chief, Operation and Analysis Branch, Div. of Transplantation, HRSA/Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
- Health Policy Analyst, Division of Transplantation, HRSA/Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
- President, Mayes & Associates, Washington, D.C.
- Director of Professional Education/Transplant Coordinator, LifeLink of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia
- Critical Care Physician Assistant, Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia