Carolyn Thomas is a heart attack survivor, activist, knowledge translator, public speaker, founder of the site Heart Sisters, and author. In 2008, she became the first Canadian ever invited to attend the annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership patient advocacy training at the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Since then, she has spoken to thousands of women (and a few men!) about women’s #1 killer in her free “Heart-Smart Women” presentations, described as “part cardiology bootcamp, and part stand-up comedy!” She’s also a popular speaker on the patient perspective at many academic and medical conferences.
Her particular focus has always been on the psychosocial impact of a catastrophic diagnosis on individual women, and on larger systemic issues like diagnostic error and patient safety. Her writing on these issues has been published internationally, including in the British Medical Journal. Since 2012, Carolyn has also served as a Patient Reviewer at the BMJ for cardiology papers submitted to that journal for publication.