Meet Charlie Blotner
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 13, Charlie abided by the watch-and-wait tactic for nearly five years before having an awake-craniotomy to remove a grade II Astrocytoma in the left insula at age 17. A Michigan native now residing in Arizona, Charlie is a senior at Arizona State University finishing a B.S. in Family and Human Development before pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work with a health specialization. After identifying a lack of psychological and social support within the brain tumor community, Charlie co-founded #BTSM (Brain Tumor Social Media) Chats with fellow brain tumor survivor, Liz Salmi in May 2013.
Charlie is also a member of the Student Advisory Panel for Stanford Medicine X, helping to direct the new challenges facing health care education and shifting the culture of medical education to be more patient-centered, participatory, and patient safety-focused. If there’s one thing that Blotner understands and values more than anything, it’s the power of the patient voice.