Molly Lindquist, Founder and CEO

Molly Lindquist, a mom and breast cancer survivor, founded Consano, a 501(c)(3) crowdfunding platform for medical research, after her cancer diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 32. Molly graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and went on to work as an investment banking analyst in the consumer group at Robertson Stephens. After her stint in banking, Molly transitioned into the corporate world, travelling the globe sourcing products for World Market and then doing company planning for the Banana Republic brand of Gap Inc. After the birth of her first child in 2006, Molly took on the most difficult job she’s ever had as a stay-at-home mom, and learned that there was no Excel model that could map out the whims of a small child. The complexity and joy of work only grew in 2008 when her second daughter joined the family. Molly blogs about her cancer experience for the Huffington Post and was named a 2014 Knowledge Networks Rising Star by Portland Monthly magazine, a 2014 Orchid Award Winner and a 2015 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Portland Business Journal and a 2015 Honoree of “the one hundred.” She is also the proud recipient of a “Best Mom in the World” mug.

Greg Butz

Greg is an investor at Asymmetry Global Healthcare, a healthcare-dedicated hedge fund based in San Francisco. Prior to Asymmetry, Greg was a healthcare investment banker and a sellside equity research associate. Greg has an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Michelle DeCourcy

Michelle DeCourcy is a prolific fashion designer based in Portland, Oregon. She began her fashion career in 1999. The following year she established Michelle DeCourcy, a successful ready to wear line with top-selling items and collections that were carried in more than 200 specialty stores and boutiques across the country, as well as her own flagship stores in Portland, Oregon. Michelle’s designs have been featured in Vogue, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Lucky, WWD and Best Of People. Over the past decade she has developed a Cult following in Portland in addition to an A-list celebrity following.Michelle devotes much her personal time to philanthropy and community service. She serves on the National Charity League with her youngest daughter. As a cancer survivor herself, Michelle and her husband are the founders of a non-profit annual concert event “Rumble On The River” with the mission of raising money for charitable organizations that fund cancer research, patient support and resource programming.In addition to designing, Michelle’s creative passions include cooking, singing and songwriting. She has her own rock band The Rocktarts and is a dedicated runner, the proud mother of three daughters, and the doting owner of an adorable dog, Billie Holiday.

Scott Finkelstein

Scott practices pediatric and trauma anesthesiology with the Oregon Anesthesiology Group. Scott obtained a B.A. in Human Biology at Stanford, earned an M.D. from UCSF, and completed residency training in the UCSF Department of Anesthesiology, where he was awarded the Stuart C. Cullen award for clinical excellence. 

Larissa Fontaine

Larissa is excited to be a part of the Consano team, contributing her technology and partnership experience from various roles at Google, Amazon, and now YouTube. She is inspired by Consano’s mission to create a platform that empowers individuals to directly support meaningful medical research and ultimately change lives for generations to come. Technology is a great enabler, often for entertainment but also for important social impact – she is incredibly thankful that it will now serve to deeply connect and engage a community committed to advancing medical progress. Larissa has English and Mechanical Engineering degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Anisha Ambardar Goodly

Anisha is a Managing Director at Trust Company of the West (TCW), an asset manager based in Los Angeles. At TCW, she serves as the Emerging Markets Portfolio Specialist and is responsible for the team’s marketing and client services efforts. Prior to joining TCW, Anisha spent eleven years at Morgan Stanley in New York, primarily in Fixed Income Research and Sales. She received a BA in Economics from Stanford University. Anisha is thrilled to be a part of the Consano team. She too has seen firsthand the devastating effects of disease and is honored to work on such a groundbreaking new approach to medical research funding. In her spare time, Anisha enjoys running, hiking, and writing.

Amber Huffman

Amber Huffman is a technologist at Intel where she leads industry storage standards. She is passionate about helping the next generation of women grow to senior leadership levels in high tech. She received a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MSE in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and has been awarded 22 patents. Amber is committed to helping others with challenging health conditions, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 at the age of 36. Amber is thrilled to be part of the team, where she can draw on her experience in technology and as a cancer survivor, to help Consano make a difference.

Christina Kloss

Christina is an anesthesiologist with the Oregon Anesthesiology Group where she practices pediatric, adult, and trauma anesthesia at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center in Portland, Oregon. Christina grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and moved to Portland in 2008 for her Anesthesiology residency training at OHSU. Prior to that, she obtained a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology and earned an M.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Christina is a rising leader who has grown OAG’s resident education program with the OHSU Department of Surgery. She is honored to be a part of Consano, and loves the simplistic and transparent approach of linking innovative and enthusiastic medical researchers with everyday people wanting to do their part to advance medical research.

Holly Levow

As a California licensed attorney and business woman, Holly Levow used to spend her days in high technology start-up companies in Silicon Valley doing a variety of work including Contract Law, Business Development, HR and Marketing. Today, her profession is a full-time mother while also undertaking projects with a social mission. Holly is an active Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland (SVP), an engaged venture philanthropy organization focused on strengthening Portland nonprofits that are serving our most vulnerable kids. Holly truly believes in Consano’s potential for great social impact and is excited to be a part of the Consano community! Holly received her BS in Mathematics and her JD/MBA from Santa Clara University.

Kate Othus

Kate is the healthcare practice leader at Aldrich (formerly AKT), a family of companies providing financial services for businesses from traditional accounting, auditing and tax compliance to business valuation, wealth management, business transitions, financial due diligence, international tax planning, employee benefit and retirement plan services. Kate is recognized in the healthcare industry as an expert on best practices for practice administration. Kate is an adjunct professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Healthcare MBA program, teaching operational management and strategic planning. Kate received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Willamette University and a Master of Public Healthcare Administration from Portland State University.

Tanya Shashko

Tanya is honored to be part of the Consano team. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and obtained an MA and PhD in French from Stanford University, where she taught for several years. Her interests include visual culture and storytelling, and she is excited to help Consano tell its story, empower individuals, and grow.

Christi Sperry

Christi Sperry, AuD, is from Seattle, Washington and completed her Masters in Audiology from the University of Washington in 1998. Following this, she completed her fellowship in Boston at Harvard Vanguard and then went on to work in the Head and Neck Surgery Department at UC Irvine Medical School. Christi began the pediatric audiology program at Providence in 2001 and has run the Newborn Hearing Screening Program for all Providence Hospitals in Oregon since then. Christi has been a member of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) advisory committee for Oregon since 2001. She completed her clinical doctorate (AuD) in 2007 from AT Still University. Christi has two daughters and enjoys writing, traveling and any form of outdoor exercise.

Richard White

Dr. Richard White is an Assistant Member in the Department of Cancer Biology & Genetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and an Assistant Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College. After training as an M.D./Ph.D. at Albany Medical College, he pursued clinical training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he also served as a Chief Resident. This was followed by a medical oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital. He did his postdoctoral research work in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Zon at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard Medical School, where he pioneered the use of zebrafish as a model to study cancer. In recent years, the zebrafish has emerged as an increasingly important model for cancer biology because of its unique capacity for screening of new cancer genes and pathways. At Sloan Kettering, he sustains a highly successful laboratory program while maintaining a clinical presence. His research focuses on the mechanisms by which cancers, especially melanoma and pancreatic, acquire metastatic capacity, the cause of nearly all cancer deaths. He uses the zebrafish for these studies because they are optically transparent, and breed in large numbers, allowing him to take unbiased approaches to find novel drivers of metastasis. Combined with its strengths in transgenic technology and in vivo imaging, he has addressed the genetic underpinnings of metastasis, considering both the tumor cell as well as the host genetic background. His goal is to identify the molecular mechanisms that allow tumors to evolve and to determine whether such mechanisms could be exploited therapeutically.

Jay Andersen, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Hematology/Oncology, with a focus on breast cancer management

Current position(s)
Oncologist/Hematologist, Compass Oncology

Practice Location
Portland, OR

Consano provides a unique platform for the public to review options for directed medical research giving/support. With the rapidly changing medical research landscape, Consano links the public with focused research opportunities, which provides the individual with informed flexibility, oftentimes filling a void related to niche projects.

Alexandra Anderson, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Anesthesiology; Liver Transplant Anesthesia

Current position(s)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Practice Location
Cedars Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA

Consano provides the unique opportunity for individuals to support and learn about medical research that personally resonates with them or their family. This can empower people during very vulnerable times, and can advance research that may otherwise struggle to find adequate support. This special connection will improve health and hope at the individual level and for the masses. I look forward to being a part of the connection, education, innovation and healing in this community. 

Carole Baas, PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Patient Advocacy, Research Advocacy, Biomedical Engineering

Current position(s)
Lead Advocate, NCI Physical Sciences in Oncology

Practice Location
Dallas, TX

Consano will provide a much-needed alternative to the traditional funding structure for science, all while working within the traditional academic institutional structure. With the continuing decrease in government funding for medical research, private funding models will become incredibly important – and Consano is an excellent example of an innovative solution to the current dearth of research dollars. Consano will enable scientists with really good ideas to actually be able to do them, providing a viable option for those young researchers – who in the current funding climate really don’t stand a chance – to actually do what they do best: think creatively, outside-the-box, and explore territory which isn’t the safe, R01 model of research.

R. Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, FACS

Field(s) of expertise
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology

Current position(s)
Medical Director, Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic, Providence Cancer Center

Practice Location
Providence Cancer Center at Providence Portland Medical Center

Consano is redefining the philanthropic funding of cancer research.  In the current atmosphere of limited federal grant money for basic and translational research, philanthropy is one of the most important components of cancer research funding.  In my current position of Medical Director of the Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program, I have witnessed the power of philanthropy in the development of anti-OX40, a promising new immunotherapy that was translated from the laboratory to the clinic, in part by the generous donations of committed patrons who believed in the scientists and physicians at Providence. The commitment was strengthened by the fact that donors knew exactly where the money was going and could see progress as the new discoveries were advanced to clinical trials. Consano’s approach to grant funding will ensure that money donated is actually utilized for the projects intended—that is finding a cure for cancer, not building new buildings—thereby giving the philanthropist a window into how their generous gifts are utilized.

Renee Benson Stromsness, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Pediatric Pulmonology

Current position(s)
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Pediatric CF Program Director for Kaiser Northern California

Practice Location
Kaiser Oakland

Consano is an exciting platform which aims to connect the public with the seemingly distant world of medical research by allowing individuals to directly contribute to research projects that are most relevant to the lives of their loved ones. Many of us have personal or family stories of health conditions treated by the latest advancements in medicine, but few of us up to this point have had an opportunity to directly contribute to such advances. I am particularly inspired by Molly’s story and her mission of furthering medical science that grew out of a desire to raise her daughters in a world without breast cancer. I am excited to support Consano and its clients to achieve their goals.

Jeff Chen, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS, FCCM

Field(s) of expertise
Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care, Traumatic brain injury, Brain Tumors, Normal pressure hydrocephalus

Current position(s)
Neurological Surgeon at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Director of NeuroTrauma, Chairman-Neurosciences Leadership Council at Legacy

Practice Location
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR

Consano provides a novel approach to medical research funding in an era of declining federal support and increasing competition for available research dollars. I am excited to be part of this new venture.

Brian Chesebro, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Cardiac and Thoracic Anesthesia

Current position(s)
Anesthesiologist, Oregon Anesthesiology Group

Practice Location
Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR

No person is removed from the impact of health problems and disease. With Consano, now we all can have a direct and meaningful impact in the fight against those diseases about which we are most passionate.

AnneMarie Ciccarella

Field(s) of expertise
Patient engagement through social media, proponent of cancer research across all types and stages of disease.

Current position(s)
Breast cancer advocacy, Grant reviewer Department of Defense CDMRP, PCORI Patient reviewer, NYS Volunteer Leader Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Patient Volunteer MSKCC, writer and blogger

Practice Location
NYC and surrounding suburbs

I am thrilled and honored to join Consano as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. Patient participation is a crucial element for the development of meaningful research. Using the internet to bring researchers together with the patient populations they seek to assist is brilliant and unique. The platform developed by Consano will foster creativity, collaboration and innovation. Direct donation will address funding gaps in critical research and holds the promise to catapult medical advances across the entire research paradigm.

Lisa Dabby, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Emergency Medicine

Current position(s)
Attending Emergency Medicine Physician, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Clinical Instructor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Practice Location
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital

I think that it is amazing to have a way to donate money to advance medical research in a field that you are passionate about or has personally affected your life.

Lisa Diepenhorst, MD, FACOG

Field(s) of expertise
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current position(s)
Physician in private practice, Women’s Healthcare Associates – Eastbank

Practice Location
Portland, OR

I’m excited to help Molly advance medical science and research through Consano, which allows donors to be more connected to the specific projects they contribute to!

Robert DuBose, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Current position(s)
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Oregon Clinic

Practice Location
Portland, OR

I was thrilled when asked to be a part of Consano. The novel concept of donor directed contributions to specific research labs has been missing from the research industry. By directly linking the philanthropist and the scientist, the hope will be that great medical advances will be made while allowing the donor to feel more connected to their specific causes.

Paul Finley, MD

Field(s) of expertise
General Ophthalmology with practice scope which includes Cataract surgery, Lasik Refractive surgery, Eyelid surgery, non-surgical glaucoma, retina, and pediatric ophthalmology

Current position(s)
Partner, Hillsboro Eye Clinic, medical staff Tuality Community Hospital and OHSU

Practice Location
Hillsboro, OR

Consano strives to fill the void left by America’s conscious defunding and deemphasizing of medical research. Great researchers spend too much time looking for ways to fund important projects that can help us stamp out disease and lead healthier lives. Large non-profits suffer from high overhead and lack of transparency. In addition, it is almost impossible to know what your donation is really funding. Consano avoids these pitfalls by making very clear where your money is going, and for once linking these passionate researchers to those who truly see the benefit of what they are doing. Having lost a daughter to a rare and poorly understood disease, I feel a personal connection to research when it is specifically directed to achieve a meaningful objective. The onus is on the researcher to present their study in a way that shows a real benefit, and if Consano can find the people through the power of the internet that truly care about these issues, then history will be made.

Michelle Fliman, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Anesthesiology

Current position(s)
Anesthesiologist, Oregon Anesthesiology Group

Practice Location
Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR

I chose a career in medicine in order to help heal others. Consano affords me the opportunity to further healing efforts beyond my scope of practice. This is a true gift.  It is an honor to serve in Molly’s mission and give back to many many others.

Roberta Gelb

Field(s) of expertise
Breast cancer genomics, pathogenesis, prevention and education

Current position(s)
President, Chelsea Office Systems, Inc.; Breast cancer navigator, Breast cancer advocate

Practice Location
New York City metropolitan area

As a cancer survivor who has lost many friends to various diseases, I am frustrated at the difficulties researchers experience in getting funding.  It is exciting to think that Consano can provide donors a way to direct their funding and be connected to the researchers.  At the same time it is critical that the right research gets funded and this is an important role for the scientific advisory board.

Jason Glover, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Current position(s)
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Practice Location
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

As traditional government sponsored medical research dollars dwindle with the current economic climate, it is important for researchers to be able continue their work to fight and cure diseases.  Scientific investigators should be at the bench and bedside spending time conducting research not scrambling to fund it.  Consano provides an exciting and novel way to fund research that is near and dear to you.  These reasons make me more than happy to help with Molly’s cause!

Scott Green, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Orthopedic Surgery; Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Current position(s)
Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon

Practice Location
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francico, CA (www.cposm.com), San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF, San Francsico, CA

We are all affected by disease and need a more user friendly and accessible pathway to link funding and medical research to improve patient outcomes. Consano provides this link without the red tape and often invisible pathways of traditional research funding. Consano gives donor direct control to support specific diseases, many of which are underfunded. As a physician, son, father, husband, and friend, I support Consano as a novel tool for improving access to funding medical research.

Michael Gropper, MD, PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Anesthesia and Critical Care

Current position(s)
Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Director, Critical Care Medicine, UCSF Medical Center; Professor of Physiology; Senior Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Institute; President of the Medical Staff

Practice Location
UCSF, San Francisco, CA

In an era of decreasing research support, the Federal Government increasingly wants to fund low-risk research so that it can be assured that the project will be successful. As a result, investigators are hesitant to push for funding of truly innovative work that may have high reward, but carries high risk. Crowd sourced funding allows the public to choose how their money is spent and allows investigators to take risks in areas not covered by traditional funding sources.

Daniel Hirselj, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Pediatric and Reconstructive Urology

Current position(s)
Pediatric Urologist, NW Urological Clinic P.C.

Practice Location
Portland, OR

As medical professionals we have devoted our lives to the care of others. Regardless of our profession, however, we have all been confronted with medical issues–whether they be our own or those of someone we hold dear. In the vast expanse of clinical and translational research, there are countless investigators doing ‘cutting edge’ work that may directly impact the lives of these special people in our lives. CONSANO is unique in its ability to ‘link up’ the interests of individuals with those researchers making these medical discoveries. It is a beautifully simple idea with potentially profound implications for those looking for answers, for hope, and for discovery.

Sanford Jeames, DHA/PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Disease intervention and prevention; early detection and community based participatory research, with an emphasis on health literacy, health education and outreach to special populations

Current position(s)
Executive Director of Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition (MPCC) and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs at Cambridge College- Springfield Regional Site

Practice Location
Massachusetts

The most attractive component of the Consano approach is the willingness to be open for researchers beyond the traditional academic setting. I am excited about working with Consano because its approach is open to innovation and newer methods. My work occurs in non-traditional settings, but my desire is to build bridges between many layers of disease research through collaboration and communication.

Nathalie Johnson, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Breast cancer surgery

Current position(s)
Medical Director, Legacy Hospitals Comprehensive Cancer Program; Clinical Professor of Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University

Practice Location
Portland, Oregon

Elizabeth Kaplan, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Perioperative and Hospital Medicine Consultation

Current position(s)
Attending physician at University of Washington Medical Center

Practice Location
University of Washington Medical Center; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Washington

Consano’s platform of giving individuals autonomy to donate to specific projects allows people to feel more engaged with research and empowered to help move medical science forward. It is a powerful mission that I am honored to support.

C. Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS

Field(s) of expertise
Cancer Genomics

Current position(s)
Founder & President / Research Instructor

Practice Location
Rare Genomics Institute / Washington University in St. Louis

I am excited to see how Consano can provide a closer link between the people and medical research. I hope this allows for funding of projects that otherwise will not exist and for diseases that are otherwise not studied.

William Long, MD, FACS

Field(s) of expertise
Trauma and Thoracic Surgery

Current position(s)
Director, Trauma Surgery

Practice Location
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR

Consano provides a unique platform that allows patients to directly support research that matters to them. Since each project is subject to multiple levels of independent and unbiased review, donors can have confidence in the high quality of projects they choose to support. I am proud to be part of this exiting new process.

Lindsay Mazotti, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Education, Palliative Care

Current position(s)
Hospital Based Specialist, Department of Hospital Medicine, Kaiser East Bay; Clerkship Director, Kaiser-UCSF Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship; Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Practice Location
Oakland, CA

Consano is a tangible way for patients and their families to make a very real and tangible impact on medical research. This contribution is normally at the level of the patient- enrolling in a medical trial or trying a new drug therapy.  Consano takes the contribution much wider- to allow people to make a financial contribution to a specific researcher and research project that you believe in, that will impact a medical disease or treatment that you personally care about.

Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH

Field(s) of expertise

Gastrointestinal cancer, cancer epidemiology, clinical trials

Current position(s)

Director of Clinical Research, Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Practice Location

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

I have experienced first-hand the difficulty in obtaining federal funding for cancer research, particularly research that does not fit into the traditional mold of projects typically selected for funding. As a result of this challenging environment, philanthropic donations and alternative sources of support have become increasingly critical to advancing cancer care. Consano provides a truly unique platform for investigators to facilitate medical progress by conducting high-risk, innovative science that would otherwise not happen. I was fortunate enough to have a project successfully funded through Consano, which has led to completion of a clinical trial and generation of sufficient preliminary data to obtain a large grant. However, I believe what truly sets Consano apart is its ability to serve as a portal between patients, families, and researchers. No other organization provides individuals with the opportunity to directly participate in scientific progress in a way that resonates with them and honors their friends and families. I am excited to be a part of Consano’s mission to effect change, improve lives, and promote healing — both on the part of scientists as well as donors.

Shannon O'Brien, MD, FACS

Field(s) of expertise
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with special interests in breast reconstruction, skin cancer reconstruction, pediatric and aesthetic surgery

Current position(s)
Private practice, Portland Plastic Surgery Group

Practice Location
Portland, Oregon

Consano is an ingenious program that allows people to donate directly to research projects that are important to them and to rest assured that all of their donation is going to their chosen cause. Medical research is the only way to discover the cures to the diseases that affect us all. I share Molly’s hope to protect our children and am proud to be able to contribute to Consano’s mission.

Michael J. Pellegrino, PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Neuroscience, Cellular signaling, Biochemistry, Oncology, Immunology

Current position(s)
Research Scientist, Oregon Health & Science University

Practice Location
Portland, Oregon

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find the resources to support innovative scientific ideas that will have an impact on human health. Consano allows the public to support the cause and the cure that is most important to them. People can be confident their support is going directly to the work that matters most to them. It also allows the scientists to interact and educate the people who truly care about their success. Everyone knows a loved one or a friend who has faced a serious health battle. Consano provides the perfect platform for anyone to support their fight. I’m ecstatic to be a part of this pioneering program.

Daniel Perlov, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology

Current position(s)
Private Practice Anesthesiologist, Northern California Anesthesia Partners

Practice Location
San Francisco, CA

When I was young, my grandmother died of cancer. She was diagnosed at 47. I remember wanting to have control and understanding. Answers were hard to find, and I was overtaken by a sense of helplessness. This loss paved my life choice to become a physician. Even though many years have passed, I continue searching for ways to assist those that may not have the tools to help themselves. Consano provides a path to directly sponsor projects that may alter someone’s illness and allows a way to tangibly follow the research you fund. Consano injects control, understanding, progress and hope so that our children can live without the fear and loss felt with disease.

Brigitte Piniewski, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Community Health, Medical Device Integration, Laboratory Medicine

Current position(s)
Chief Medical Officer

Practice Location
Peace Health Laboratory, Vancouver, WA

Eric Schnell, MD, PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Neuroscience, Anesthesiology

Current position(s)
Staff Anesthesiologist, Portland VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, OHSU

Practice Location
Portland VA Medical Center

I am excited about Consano’s mission, as it seeks to harness the global reach of the internet to fund medical research at a “grass roots” level.  By allowing individuals to contribute directly to specific projects, Consano will minimize overhead (both financial and administrative) and maximize funding for actual experiments. In an era of increasing specialization in biomedical research, the ability of Consano to facilitate this direct connection between scientists and the rest of the world can not be understated.

Aaron Schoenkerman, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology

Current position(s)
Cardiologist, Vancouver Clinic

Practice Location
Vancouver, WA

Consano to me is an example of the importance of the individual’s role in advancing medical science.  With so many problems to be addressed in the coming years, Consano empowers us to bring important concepts and projects to the forefront of research.

Jonathan Singer, MD, MS

Field(s) of expertise
Pulmonology, Critical Care, Lung Transplantation, Internal Medicine

Current position(s)
Clinical Instructor, Medicine, UCSF

Practice Location
UCSF, San Francisco, CA

As a physician, my research focuses on advancing the way we practice medicine in order to improve the lives of the patients I care for. Current funding mechanisms uncouple research from the very people we are trying to help. Consano is a novel mechanism that allows individuals to participate in medical research through directly interacting and supporting specific researchers’ efforts. I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of this exciting and dynamic effort!

Kelsie Storm, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology with expertise in brain tumors

Current position(s)
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Practice Location
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Portland, OR

I became a doctor to heal and give hope. Quickly I realized that to effect large change in our ability to do so requires persistent methodical research. While excited about asking questions and seeking answers in training, the lack of funding deterred me from pursuing translational research further. But the science must go on, and roadblocks that prevent it from reaching the bedside, including lack of funding, must be removed. Consano is a novel organization that serves as a portal connecting donors directly to scientific research projects. This innovative funding mechanism empowers donors and serves to support research that may not otherwise move forward. I am excited to be a part of Molly’s vision!

Angele Theard, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Neuroanesthesia

Current position(s)
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Practice Location
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

It is a precious gift to give people a voice in helping those in need as well as advance medicine. We all benefit from the efforts of those who give as well as those who research and help heal. I am honored to be a part of such a project.

Alice Wang-Chesebro, MD

Field(s) of expertise
Radiation therapy of cancers including breast, gynecologic/GU, CNS, head and neck, other sites

Current position(s)
Radiation Oncologist

Practice Location
Providence Portland Medical Center, Clackamas Radiation Oncology Center

I believe strongly in the healing power of personal connection and hope. To me, Consano creates these connections between those persons working to find the answers to our ongoing medical questions and the sons and daughters who will benefit from these answers. 

Juan Zhai, MD, PhD

Field(s) of expertise
Anesthesiology, Reproductive endocrinology, Cell and molecular biology

Current position(s)
Anesthesiologist, Oregon Anesthesiology Group

Practice Location
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR

Consano provides donors with a platform to directly connect with research and advance medical knowledge, and ultimately help to provide our children with a better and healthier future.

Eric Grunbaum

Eric Grunbaum is a co-founder and Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, a Los Angeles-based advertising agency created to exclusively look after Apple. Between his time at Media Arts Lab and long tenure at Chiat/Day prior to that, Eric has spent 25 years helping brands connect with their audiences, with the majority of his time focused on Apple — a brand that challenges and inspires him and his colleagues to create advertising that measures up to the innovation and originality of the products being advertised. Eric counts among his iconic campaigns Think Different, iPod silhouettes, Mac vs PC, and the introductions of iPhone and iPad.

Brian Druker, MD

Jenny Conlee

Jenny is a pianist, organist, and accordionist who performs and records with many Portland bands including The Decemberists, Black Prairie, Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, The Minus 5, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Calobo, Little Sue, and Ashleigh Flynn. As well as performing, Conlee has worked as a composer for commercials, short films (including “The Kid” by Jeff Winograd), and theater (Black Prairie composed the music for Oregon Children’s Theater’s production of “A Storm in the Barn”). 

The instrumental album “French Kayaking Music” is Jenny and her husband Steve Drizos’ first full-length release of their own music. The music was written for and inspired by the documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” directed by Ian McCluskey and produced by NW Documentary.

“No person is removed from the impact of health problems and disease. With Consano, now we all can have a direct and meaningful impact in the fight against those diseases about which we are most passionate.”
— Brian Chesebro, MD, Consano Scientific Advisory Board