T.J. Sharpe

Patient Engagement Program Manager, Medidata Solutions

Why Plain Language Summaries?

“Publishing plain language summaries are an instrumental component in getting the knowledge gained from clinical research into the hands of the consumers who need it most – the patients who are going to make medical decisions based off of the research findings.”


T.J. Sharpe is a Stage IV melanoma patient who shared his journey through cancer in the Patient #1 Blog.  He was diagnosed in August 2012 with melanoma tumors in multiple organs, only four weeks after his second child was born.  Since then, he has undergone six surgeries and four immunotherapy treatments over two different clinical trials.  The initial failures, and subsequent complete response, have been chronicled in his blog posts since December 2012.

As an advocate, he began as a consultant to the biopharma and clinical research industries, bringing an educated patient voice in challenging healthcare’s status quo.  He is active in the advocacy world, connecting patients across disease states with one another and with industry and regulatory contacts to help spearhead the concept of the patient as an equitable stakeholder in the entire healthcare ecosystem.  Also a keynote speaker and writer, he is now the Patient Engagement Program Manager for Medidata Solutions.

A South Jersey native, T.J. lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Josie and Tommy, and can be found on Twitter at @TeamTJSharpe. He holds a B.S. in Psychology and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.