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Courtney Burnett      

Hospital Medicine Physician, Award-Winning Author, Brain Cancer Survivor, Brain Cancer Awareness Advocate, Patient Advocate & Invisible Illness Advocate

Dr. Courtney Burnett, MD is a hospital medicine physician living and working with brain cancer. Dr. Burnett writes a well-known blog, “Elephant, Lotus, Brain Tumor” and is the author of an award-winning memoir, "Difficult Gifts: A Physician's Journey to Heal Body and Mind."

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Burnett is a speaker and advocate focused on brain and rare cancer awareness, disability inclusion, and patient advocacy. Regardless of the unexpected situations life brings, Dr. Burnett believes the power of hope, mindfulness, and vulnerable storytelling can help us all find the gift in the difficulty.

Speech Topics

Mindfulness and Eastern spirituality

How concepts found in meditation and various spirituality philosophies shape my perspective on living with chronic illness.

Brain Cancer Awareness

Raising awareness through my personal journey.

Difficult Gifts & Mortality

Finding happiness despite hardship. Living passionately and with fierce intention, even while dying [which we all are…].

Patient Advocacy

Experience as both patient and physician, including how this has reshaped the way I practice medicine.

Popular Speaking Topics

Being a Cancer Survivor and Cancer Thriver; Health, Medicine, Motivational, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Author, Healthcare, Disability, Brain Cancer, and Brain Tumors.

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