Heidi B Kummer

3C Patient Advocacy, LLC
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Heidi B Kummer

3C Patient Advocacy, LLC
Advocate Location
Boston , MA 02112
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
My background as a critical care physician and ethicist make me uniquely qualified to help clients understand serious diagnoses and treatment options, as well as ensure that their wishes are formulated and heeded. Whether it is translating medical jargon, explaining disease processes, researching relevant therapies, identifying treatment options, preparing and being present for doctor's appointments/hospital stays, coordinating pathways with the existing medical team, or explaining and facilitating advance care planning, I help to insure you have all the relevant information to make informed choices and set realistic goals- which we can then pursue together.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is New England & beyond
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
I have enjoyed a wonderful career as an anesthesiologist/intensive care physician taking care of critically ill patients, as a bioethicist examining end-of-life decision-making, as a physician leader on professional society boards, and as an entrepreneur managing a start-up. But my most important role to-date has been as an advocate for seriously ill or dying parents, close friends or family members. Navigating the ever increasing complexity of the health care system is challenging even for those of us on the inside- but it can be almost impossibly daunting for someone suddenly confronted with a cancer diagnosis or medical emergency. Not to mention that hospitals are dangerous places and no one should be left to face them alone. Recognizing a dire need for help in such circumstances led me to become board certified in patient advocacy and dedicate myself full-time to helping patients and their families.
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Formal Education
Board Certification in Patient Advocacy, 2018

Master of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 2004

Certificate in International Health, BUSPH, Center for International Health, 2003

Board Certification in Critical Care Medicine, 1995

Board Certification in Anesthesiology, 1993

Doctor of Medicine, Philipps University School of Medicine, Marburg, Germany, 1985
Language Proficiency
  • German
Additional Skills
My bi-Continental upbringing and background, coupled with decades of involvement in international societies have allowed me to establish a vast network of professionals- I may not know the answer to a specific question, but I usually know someone who does. As an advocate I do not give medical advice and while my years of experience and expertise as a physician and an advocate are helpful, it is the combination of competence, compassion and care that is essential to helping clients achieve peace of mind in difficult times.
Professional Affiliations
President, Patient Advocate Certification Board

Chair, Patient Advocate Certification Board Examination Commission

The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates- Member

National Association of Healthcare Advocacy- Member

Massachusetts Health Care Advocates- Steering Committee Member

Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care- Member

Massachusetts Medical Society- Member

International Anesthesia Research Society- Member

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists- Member; former Board of Directors