Patients Rising Podcast

Patients Rising Podcast

Patients Rising brings its unique and established brand of patient advocacy to a weekly podcast, featuring honest and helpful discussion about issues impacting those with chronic illness. Executive Director Terry Wilcox hosts the show, with Robert "Dr. Bob" Goldberg, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

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Recent Episodes

Direct Primary Care: Can Subscription Models Save You Money?

Sept. 10, 2021

Want greater access to your doctor at a lower price? It’s possible through direct primary care. This healthcare solution allows patients to develop personal relationships with their doctors and receive care quicker and cheap…

Ovarian Cancer: What Women Need Congress to Do

Sept. 3, 2021

What can Congress do to aid in the fight against ovarian cancer? If reauthorized, Johanna’s Law would increase funding for ovarian cancer education and awareness programs. Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance’s VP of Policy, Cha…

Pediatrician on Delta + Back to School

Aug. 27, 2021

Kids across the country are headed back to school. But as the Delta variant spreads, what should families living with chronic disease know to stay healthy and safe? Pediatrician Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith gives a back-to-school …

How Drug Patents Work

Aug. 20, 2021

What’s the purpose of a patent? In the pharmaceutical industry, it helps manufacturers reinvest in new research and development to improve upon treatments and drugs. It’s a key part of the cycle of developing new treatments.…

Rising Costs of Health Insurance

Aug. 13, 2021

Premiums, deductibles, and copays continue to rise as insurance companies grow fat through mergers and monopolies. Host Terry Wilcox speaks with former insurance executive-turned-advocate Wendell Potter. Together, they explo…

Pink Socks + Accelerated Approval for Drugs

Aug. 6, 2021

The Delta variant, a breakdown of the FDA’s accelerated approval process, and how pink socks are bringing together patient advocacy groups. Hosts Dr. Bob Goldberg and guest host Kate Pecora dive into the news of the week, in…

About the Hosts

Terry Wilcox - Host


Terry Wilcox helps patients find their voice and become advocates for their health care. As the co-founder and executive director of Patients Rising, Terry manages the organization’s day-to-day operations to help every patient gain access to the right treatment. An expert in multimedia storytelling, Terry uses her background in entertainment to present powerful personal patient narratives. She has a track record of building coalitions with survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals. A regular opinion writer on health policy and how it affects patients, she has been published in Fortune, the Boston Globe, The Hill, Morning Consult, Real Clear Health, Inside Sources, and more.

Bob Goldberg, PhD - Host


Robert Goldberg is Vice President and co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (, a non-profit organization that advocates for consumer access to public health innovations. Prior to founding CMPI, Dr. Goldberg was Director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress and Chairman of its 21st Century FDA Task Force that recommended ways to reduce the time and cost of getting innovative medicines to patients. Many of these recommendations are included in the 21st Century Cures Act. Dr. Goldberg received his PhD in Politics from Brandeis University in 1984, is a devoted Yankee fan, father of two children, Sara 35 and Zach, 32, and grandfather to Miles, age 4.

Kate Pecora - Field Correspondent

Kate Pecora is an impassioned advocate for rare and chronic disease, disability justice, and healthcare policy. She is diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type III, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kate is currently (e)traveling across the country in search of the most compelling stories about patient access, affordability, and quality. Kate writes a weekly blog and helps patients tell their stories every week on the show.

Robert Johnson - News Host

Robert Johnson is an award-winning podcast host and producer who got his start reporting and anchoring radio news as a teenager in rural Arizona in the early 1980s. Before he graduated high school, the Associated Press declared him the "youngest radio news director in America." He has covered news for ABC Radio, Mutual Radio Networks, and news-talk radio stations in Phoenix and Tucson. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his broadcast journalism work, including a prestigious Associated Press Managing Editors Award, an honor usually reserved for print journalists.