AfterShock: what to do when the doctor gives you -- or someone you love -- a devastating diagnosis, Jessie Gruman Ph.D.

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AfterShock Event Schedule

For Dr. Gruman's events after February 2012, go here.

Note: Some links associated with past events may no longer be accurate. These are provided as general background.

Past Appearances, TV/Radio/Web Interviews and Talks


American Hospital Association Committee on Research Meeting
Patient and Family Engagement

Friday, February 10, 2012
Jessie Gruman delivered the opening presentation.
Scottsdale, AZ
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National Quality Forum’s 2012 Annual Conference
"Building a Patient and Family Centered Health System"

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Jessie Gruman delivered the opening keynote address.
Washington, DC
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Tranforming Health Care Through Collaboration
ICSI Ideagora: Engaging the Patient – A Framework for Patient-Centered Care

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Noon-1 P.M.
Gary Oftedahl, MD, ICSI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, will speak with Jessie Gruman regarding her work on patient engagement.
Washington, DC
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164th NYAM Anniversary Discourse & Awards; Annual Meeting of the Voting Fellows
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Jessie Gruman will be inducted as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) during the Annual Meeting of the Voting Fellows.
New York, NY
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National Comparative Effectiveness Summit
October 14, 2011
Jessie Gruman spoke about "Comparative Effectiveness Research from the Patient Perspective."
Washington, DC
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Clark University
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Jessie Gruman delivered the Alex Drapos Memorial Lecture, “That’s Not What I Wanted to Hear!: Evidence-Based Medicine and our Hard Choices,”
Worcester, MA
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2011 Annual Conference
September 20, 2011
Jessie Gruman participated in the session "Advancing Public Reporting on Quality: Meeting Consumers Where They Are."
Bethesda, MD
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement Program: "Transforming the Primary Care Practice"
September 27, 2011
Jessie Gruman will participate in the session "Partnering with the Patient and Family -- More Than Lip Service."
Washington, DC
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Annual Meeting of Practice Change Fellows Program
May 19, 2011
Boston, MA
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"Thriving in an Era of Health Care Reform" Colloquium sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
May 18, 2011
Jessie Gruman gave a talk on The Challenge of Engagement: Evidence for and Experience of Patient Participation in Health Care.
St. Paul, MN
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Syracuse University
Friday, May 13 and Sunday, May 15, 2011
On Friday, May 13, Jessie Gruman spoke to students, faculty, staff and community members about "The Patient in Patient-Centered Care: What Clinicians Need to Know." On Sunday, May 15, Jessie also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the 157th Commencement ceremony.
Syracuse, NY

Annual Meeting of Practice Change Fellows Program
May 19, 2011
Boston, MA
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Annual Meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology
June 6, 2011
Jessie Gruman will be participating in the "Communicating Effectively across the Trajectory of Cancer Care and Survivorship" education session.
Chicago, IL
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Evaluating Survivorship Care Planning in the Era of Comparative Effectiveness
Jessie Gruman spoke about Cancer Survivorship Planning in an Era of Cost Consciousness
National Cancer Institute, Washington, DC
March 14, 2011

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What You and Your Doctor Are Doing Wrong
Jessie Gruman and surgeon, author, and New York Times columnist Dr. Pauline Chen were interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning host Kerri Miller about the complexities of the doctor-patient relationship.
March 3, 2011
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Workshop on Patient-Centered Cancer Treatment Planning: Improving the Quality of Oncology Care
Jessie Gruman participated in discussion about patient-centered cancer treatment planning.
Washington, DC
February 28, 2011

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Premier Forum on Patient-Centered Medical Homes
December 8 2010
Jessie Gruman will present the keynote address.>
Orlando, FL
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Ocotber 9, 2010
Jessie Gruman along with 227 other scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders were inducted into the 230th Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Cambridge, MA
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Meeting on Culturally Sensitive Care Hosted by the National Health Policy Forum
Octoner 1, 2010, 12pm-2:30pm
Jessie Gruman will participate in a panel discussion
Washington, DC
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PriceWaterhouse Cooper’s 180 o Health Forum
September 15, 2010
Jessie Gruman will participate in a breakout session, “Engaging individuals through care-anywhere networks."
Washington, DC
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Unites States Cochrane Center:

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Baltimore, MD

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National Institute for Health Effective Behavioral Treatments of Complex Disorders
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
NIH Integrated Health Improvement Strategies Workgroup: Advancing The Science Of Effective Behavioral Treatments In Primary Care

National Institutes of Health, The Natcher Conference Center
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Florida Health Care Coalition’s 17th Annual National Conference
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
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National Cancer Institute: Informatics for Consumer Health
November 5-6, 2009
Summit on Communication, Collaboration and Quality Plenary Session

Panel 1 Members included: Steven Clauser, Ph.D., Chief, Outcomes Research Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Mark Dente, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, GE Healthcare Information Technology, Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., Consultant, Geisinger Health Plan, Jessie Gruman, Ph.D., Founder and President, Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), and Edward H. Wagner, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Director, MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Group Health Research Institute.

AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference, Bethesda, MD
Sunday, September 13, 2009 — Wed., September 16, 2009
Research to Reform: Achieving Health System Change, The View Ahead Forging a Path to Achieving High-Quality, Affordable Care

Presenters included: Kathleen Sebelius, M.P.A., Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited), Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Karen Davis, Ph.D., President, The Commonwealth Fund, Robert S. Galvin, M.D., Executive Director, Health Services, and Chief Medical Officer, General Electric Company, Jessie C. Gruman, Ph.D., President, Center for Advancing Health, Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees, National Medical Association, and Member, Illinois Adequate Health Care Taskforce.

Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), Chicago, IL
September 9, 2009
The Medical Home and Its Impact to Employers
Dr. Gruman delivered the luncheon keynote, The Experience of the American Patient: Why Patient's Need Care that is Patient Centered.

Brown University Commencement Forum, Providence, RI
Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 1 PM (W. Duncan Macmillan Hall, Room 117)
Advances in health care technology and delivery promise increases in the length and quality of life — but we will only realize those benefits if we are able to knowledgeably, actively participate in our care. Jessie Gruman, president, the Center for Advancing Health and honorary degree candidate will discuss what this means for us as patients and patients-to-be.

Brown University Commencement, Providence, RI
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will confer eight honorary degrees: Richard C. Barker, trustee emeritus; Mary Elmendorf, anthropologist; Jerry Fishman, engineer and businessman; Aretha Franklin, musician and recording artist; Jessie Gruman, health advocate; Jim Yong Kim, president-elect of Dartmouth College; David Saltzman, humanitarian; and Fareed Zakaria, author and columnist.

Georgetown University Commencement, Washington, DC
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Jessie Gruman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Tulane University Commencement, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tulane University: honorary doctorate
Jessie Gruman received an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine degree. This year's commencement had extra poignancy since it marked the graduation of the so-called "Katrina Class," who, as first-year students, were on campus only hours before they were forced to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres was the keynote speaker and musician and actor Harry Connick Jr., HIV co-discoverer Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and architect William McDonough will receive honorary degrees. Watch an archived stream of Tulane's Commencement Ceremony from the Superdome.

New York University Commencement, New York City
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
NYU: honorary doctorate
Jessie Gruman received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Yankee Stadium. Honorary degree recipients also included Secretary of State Clinton, playwright Shanley, White House journalist Thomas and Nobel physicist Fert. An archived webcast of New York University's commencement ceremony has been made available.

The Martha Stewart Show
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11AM (Check with your local NBC affiliate)
Jessie on The Martha Stewart Show
Click to watch the segment where Martha chats with Dr. Gruman about the best way to handle any medical diagnosis.

Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Pell Lecture at Salve Regina University
Pell Center Lecture Series, The 21st Century American Patient: Risk, Trust, Choice and Responsibility. To watch an archived webcast of this lecture click here.


Merrill Lynch All-Hands Employee Assistance Program Meeting, New York City
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Wellness Community National Leadership Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Jessie Gruman will be giving the opening keynote speech at The Wellness Community's 26th Anniversary National Leadership Conference.

HealthSouth Annual Meeting, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas

The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Annual Summit
Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 17, 2008 9:15AM
Jessie will be participating in a panel discussion, Patient-Centered Care: The Consumer Experience. For more info click here.

The Colony Club (members only), New York City
Tuesday, September 24, 2008
Dr. Gruman has been invited to speak about what to do if the doctor gives you a serious medical diagnosis.

The Fourth Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, June 19, 2008 1:45PM
Cancer Survivor Research: Mapping the New Challenges. The symposium in which Jessie will be participating — New Groups of Cancer Survivors: Those Surviving Second Cancers, Recurrence, and Advanced Disease — is designed to increase understanding of the challenges associated with and needs of the growing population of survivors living longer with complex disease outcomes. For more information take a look at the agenda.

USC Annenberg School For Communication Colloquium
June 2, 2008 Posted to YouTube

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12:00 PM
USC Annenberg presents a colloquium with Jessie Gruman. Her topic: "The Burden of Choice: Consumers making health care decisions." Dr. Gruman discusses efforts to fight escalating health costs through widened consumer choice, and unintended consequences of many market-based approaches. She shares lessons that health communicators and journalists can learn from these developments. Visit the USC Annenberg Channel on YouTube.

Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:00 PM
Rotary Meeting at Inn on the Park with Author Jessie Gruman; Dealing with Life-Altering Illness. For more information visit the Madison Rotarians.

Health Care Alliance Cooperative Annual Seminar
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 7:45–10:15 AM
Dr. Gruman will deliver the Keynote address, Cracking the Code of Consumer/Patient Engagement. Download the seminar pamphlet (pdf) for details.

Salve Regina University's 58th Commencement
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Honorary degree from Salve Regina University
An honorary degree was presented to Jessie Gruman by President M. Therese Antone at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Hasbro Chairman Alan Hassenfeld gave the commencement address. For more info visit Salve Regina.

Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting
Friday, March 28, 2008 12:15 PM
Jessie Gruman will deliver the Presidential Lecture, Taking Behavioral Medicine to the People: How to Respond to a Devastating Diagnosis, at the 29th SBM Annual Meeting.

The Business Shrink Radio Show
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 2:00 PM
Listen Live on SIRIUS Radio or listen to the archived podcast of Peter Morris, available on the Business Shrink website, as he interacts with Jessie on the air.

Seeking Solutions with Suzzane, the Comcast Network
Air date TBA, 2008
The interview was taped on Wednesday, February 20th. Seeking Solutions is comprised of both a 5-minute segment that airs 3 times daily on CNN Headline News, broadcast to more than 20 million viewers on Comcast Cable Systems, as well as a weekly half-hour that airs Sunday evenings on CN8.
For details visit

The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida
Thursday, January 24, 2008 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Book Signing in the Walter S. Gubelmann auditorium which is housed in The Esther B. O'Keeffe Gallery Building.


Research Canada Media Science Forum
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Keynote Speaker

The American Academy in Berlin
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 8:00 PM
Stephen Kellen Lecture The Burden of Choice: Citizen Health Decisions in a Democracy.

The District of Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 6:00PM
Free book talk, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Through a question and answer style session, Dr. Gruman shares her insights into the challenging and life-altering questions individuals face after a medical diagnosis.

The Chicago Public Library
Thursday, November 8, 2007, 6:30PM
Free book talk, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 3:00 PM
Book Talk in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Eugene Public Library
Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 3:00 PM
Free book talk. Books for purchase and signing provided by the University of Oregon Bookstore.

The Seattle Public Library
Thursday, November 1, 2007 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Author Reading at the Central Library designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas.

New York City 92nd Street Y
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 6:30PM
Book Talk: Shopping for the Doctor and Hospital That's Right for You.
Purchase tickets directly online.

Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Board in Vancouver
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Keynote: Science and the Media.

University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center
Friday, October 19, 2007
The Center's 6th Annual UWCCC Symposium is designed to educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers about multidisciplinary treatment of specific cancers. This year's fall cancer conference will focus on issues of long-term survivorship. Jessie's keynote — How to Dance When a Patient's Leading.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8:00PM
Download an Event Flyer for a free community presentation at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

PinnacleCare Complimentary Webinar
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM Eastern and 11:00 AM Pacific
PinnacleCare is a premier leader of the new and growing industry of personal healthcare advocacy. Register for the complimentary webinar A Devastating Diagnosis: Now What? The Crucial Steps to Getting the Best Treatment.

SUNY Buffalo School of Nursing at 4:30PM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Eleventh Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture.
Visit UB School of Nursing for more details.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, September, 26, 2007 at 6:00PM
Dr. Jessie Gruman, author of After Shock, will share her insights and experiences in an intimate discussion about her book. Visit Carnegie Library for further info.

Northeastern University Fall Commencement Speech and Honorary Doctorate
Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 7:30PM
Jessie C. Gruman, founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), an independent, nonpartisan Washington-based policy institute devoted to strengthening people's abilities to make good use of health care, delivered the keynote address to more than 1,200 students at Northeastern University's fall commencement exercises. Visit Northeastern University for further info.

Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon and California)
Monday, August 27, 2007 from 9:00AM–10:00AM PST
Interview on The Jefferson Exchange, a lively interactive program heard on nine stations of Jefferson Public Radio. Ways to Participate.

Live Broadcast on HealthTalk
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 7:00PM EST
Jessie's hourlong web radio interview on HealthTalk is available for replay. The topic is "Five First Steps of Life with Cancer," and the host is Kelly Guenther. Listen to the Replay.

The Open Mind with Richard Heffner on WNET
Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 12PM
The show was rebroadcast on Monday, July 30, 2007 at 8AM, 2PM and 8PM as well as Sunday, August 5th at 9:30AM and 8:30PM on CUNY-TV, Channel 75. Visit the Open Mind.

Healthy Life, on ABC News Now
ABC News Healthy Life
Thursday, July 26, 2007 on ABC Online and ABC's 24-hour digital cable network at 10AM
Follow the link to an archive of the live interview with ABC's Medical Editor Dr. Lisa Thornton.

The Charlie Rose Show
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 11PM (Check with your local PBS affiliate)
Point your browser to Charlie Rose, comment and don't forget to vote.

NBC's Your Total Health
The Weekend of May 19th
Award-winning journalist and NBC News correspondent, Hoda Kotb serves as the host for this weekly syndicated series. When and where to catch Jessie on Your Total Health.

Oprah & Friends on XM Satellite Radio (156)
Monday, May 14, 2007 (7am, 1pm and 7pm)
Leading heart surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, YOU: The Smart Patient author and featured expert on Oprah and Friends, Dr. Mehmet Oz talks with author and cancer survivor Jessie Gruman about dealing with the pain and emotions of devastating news. Visit Oprah & Friends for a synopsis. Double Click on the arrow below to listen to an excerpt of the interview with Dr. Oz.

AM Northwest on KATU Television
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 (9:00AM PT)
On the air since 1976, AM Northwest features the personalities and hot topics of interest to residents of the Northwest. Visit AM Northwest for further info.

The Hopkins Sommer Scholars Lecture
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 (4:30–5:30PM)
Turning Science Into Action
Visit Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for further info.

Dean's Lecture University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 (4:00–6:00PM)
The Patient's View: How to Respond to a Devastating Diagnosis
Visit U of Penn School of Nursing for further info.

The Free Library of Philadelphia's 1st Annual Philadelphia Book Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2007 (1:30PM)
6abc Action News
Authors including Jessie Gruman will be appearing on stage in the Skyline Room (4th Floor) and will be available after their presentations to sign copies of their new books.
Visit The Philadelphia Book Festival web site for further info. WPVI-TV/6abc Action News' Anita Brikman interviewed Jessie along with other Book Festival Authors. Visit 6abc to view the Book Festival Author Interviews.

Columbia University School of Nursing
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (12:00–1:00PM)
Responding to a Devastating Diagnosis: The Patient Experience and Implications for Research and Practice. Visit Columbia University School of Nursing.

It's Your Call — Live Television on CN8, The Comcast Network
April 4, 2007 (9–10PM)
Living with Cancer — Despite the fact that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has returned, her husband, John Edwards, is continuing his campaign. Some think this is a wise decision, while others feel this may be selfish on John's part. Host Lynn Doyle talks to experts about living and dealing with cancer. Tune in and say what you think by calling 1-877-CN8-LIVE or by e-mailing questions.

93.9 FM KPDQ – The Georgene Rice Show
Monday, April 2, 2007 (4–6 PM PT)
A weekday talk radio show hosted by gospel musician Georgene Rice out of the Pacific Northwest.

NYU Clinical Cancer Center
Thursday, March 29th, 2007 (6:00–7:30 PM)
160 East 34th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues) Room 1121
Every year millions of Americans are diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Dr. Gruman's latest book, What to Do When the Doctor Gives You — or Someone You Love — a Devastating Diagnosis, addresses how people use scientific information to make decisions about their healthcare.
Visit NYU Clinical Cancer Center.

HealthTalk Live Online
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 (5:30 PDT/8:30 EDT)
In light of the recent news about Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow, Jessie has been asked by show host Judy Forman to return to "HealthTalk Live," the internet radio show. The focus will be on life after getting a serious diagnosis and she will be joined by another guest Hester Hill Schnipper, author of After Cancer. Tune in Live »

WNYC – New York Public Radio
Monday, March 26, 2007 (12–2 PM)
Host Leonard Lopate's conversation with writer Jessie Gruman on how patients and their families can cope with an overwhelming diagnosis. Listen to this Espisode »

Friday, March 23, 2007 (1–2 PM)
Andrew Schorr's Patient Power connects you with leading medical experts on important health topics. Listen to a podcast of the show Dealing with the Shock of a Serious Diagnosis or Listen to the Stream Now »

Health Styles WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5 FM
Friday, March 9th, 2007 (1:00–2:00 PM)
Produced and hosted by registered nurses Diana Mason and Barbara Glickstein, the program focuses on personal health, health policy, and health issues locally, nationally and internationally. Visit Health Styles on WBAI for info about the show.
An archived version of the interview has been made available by WBAI, Play the Podcast »

The Michael Dresser Show
Friday, March 9th, 2007 (4:40 PM EST)
Nationally Syndicated Talk Radio Show Host Michael Dresser interviews author Jessie Gruman about AfterShock. Visit The Michael Dresser Show »

CBS Up to the Minute
Friday, March 2, 2007
Click to watch a streaming video clip of the interview »

N12CT 12 on Health (Cablevision)
Weekend of Feb. 24th
12 on Health, hosted by Gillian Neff, airs Dr. Gruman segment Feb. 24–25.
Visit for viewing schedule.

U.S. News & World Report
February 26, 2007 (Page 20)
Jessie Gruman: "I Have Some News"
Visit to read the Q&A.

KFYO NewsTalk 790
NewsTalk 790 KFYO
February 23, 2007
Lubbock, Texas — The South Plains Source for News, Talk and Weather
with Host Rex Andrew
Visit KFYO »

WUSA-TV (CBS), Washington, DC
Thursday, February 15, 2007

9 News Now Live TV interview
9News Now's morning anchor, Andrea Roane, talked about the ways Dr. Gruman learned how to cope with a scary diagnosis.
Watch a streaming video clip of the Interview »

KOMO 1000 KOMO 1000 News
Tuesday, February 14, 2007
Radio Interview with Kristin Hanes
Seattle, Washington

Washington Post Live Discussion
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at Noon EST
How Much Do You Want — or Need — to Know?
Jessie Gruman, founder of the Center for Advancing Health, went online to discuss her her new book, "Aftershock," excerpted in the Health section of the Washington Post. Read the transcript of the discussion »

HealthTalk Live Online
September 20, 2006
Host Judy Foreman interviews Dr. Jessie Gruman, social psychologist and author about her forthcoming book, "Aftershock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You or Someone You Love a Devastating Diagnosis."

Being diagnosed with a serious illness is often a ticket to an emotional rollercoaster. Tune in to learn about coping with a new diagnosis and next steps in moving on. Listen to an archived webcast of the interview »