We are here for you if you’ve been shuttled between specialists who don’t listen to you, don’t speak to each other, research your problems or diagnose you correctly.
We are here for you to help with a difficult diagnosis or sudden illness.
We are here to help manage your chronic illness.
We are here to help adult children navigate the care of aging parents.
We understand family dynamics.
We are here to provide competent and compassionate care as you journey through illness and aging.
Our team includes our Board Certified Patient Advocate Founder Elisabeth Schuler; David Schlosser, Director of Medical Research; and Leslie Sullivan, BSN, RN.
In Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland and Washington, D.C., we can work directly with clients to coordinate their medical care, find doctors, accompany to appointments, prepare questions, take notes and brief family members.
Nationwide, our research methodology will equip you with the best, peer-reviewed medical research and treatment options for any diagnosis. We specialize in annotated cancer clinical trial searches. All of our research products are detailed and personalized. We communicate with top doctors, institutions, and researchers worldwide.
Together, the Patient Navigator team brings over 15 years of broad, deep and compassionate experience to our clients and families.
- I am insured
- My geographical area of practice is Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland, nationwide depending on what is needed
My name is Elisabeth Schuler. I’m the founder and CEO at Patient Navigator LLC. I am a Board Certified Patient Advocate and Certified Senior Advisor®.
In 1998, while I was working for the U.S.Department of State and we had just returned from an overseas assignment, my two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumor. The ground collapsed beneath me. Suddenly, I was thrown into a completely unfamiliar universe without a lifeline.
I realized that I needed to educate myself quickly on every aspect of brain tumors and cancer.
Using the skills I’d mastered as a diplomat in my Foreign Service career, I got to work researching the disease, contacting pediatric brain tumor specialists across the country and learning how to communicate with medical professionals to get answers and results.
Thankfully, after consulting with doctors and making a treatment decision based on the best information we had, my child survived.
But something had changed.
I had experienced first-hand how difficult and frightening it is for a family under stress to navigate the complexities and confusion of the American healthcare system. I realized that for the next phase of my life, I wanted to find a way to support others who are trying to find their way through the medical maze during a scary time in their lives. That’s why I started Patient Navigator and became a pioneer in the health advocacy movement.
In my first career, I worked 24 years in the U.S. Government, 22 of them in the Foreign Service as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, serving both abroad in our Embassies and in Washington, D.C. I have a 28-year old son and my daughter, who is now 25, is herself a pediatric nurse in Maryland.