Elisabeth Schuler

Patient Navigator LLC

Elisabeth Schuler

Patient Navigator LLC
Advocate Location
Reston , VA 20195
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
Patient Navigator LLC has helped hundreds of clients to solve problems, find resources, conquer the medical maze, design care plans, and learn how to become their own best advocates.

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.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland, nationwide depending on what is needed
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
Are you feeling vulnerable and afraid after hearing an unexpected diagnosis? I’ve been in your shoes.

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 30-year old son and my daughter, who is now 27, is herself a pediatric nurse in Maryland.
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Formal Education
American University in Paris, BA French Studies, 1980
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. MSFS, 1984
University de Paris IV, French Literature, Sorbonne, 1980
Language Proficiency
  • French
  • Spanish
Additional Skills
We have expertise with in-depth, peer-reviewed medical and clinical trial research. We produce customized and richly sourced research products on medical topics. We also have years of experience working with all aspects of the aging process to help senior citizens and their families through the medical and social transitions of life, including end-of-life planning, hospice and palliative care.
Professional Affiliations
Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA)
Certified Senior Advisor® (CSA)
Past President and founding member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy
Member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
Sponsoring member of HealthAdvocateX
Published author in the Journal of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, December 2021
Winner of the Patient Advocacy Compass Award presented by APHA (2012)
Trained hospice bereavement volunteer and support group leader