Patter Sheeran Birsic – Co-Founder
In 1996, Birsic’s sister-in-law, Joan Birsic Dawson, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 38. Stunned at the lack of information, and patient and caretaker support, she co-founded the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) with Boston resident, Jane Holt, who suffers from chronic pancreatitis. Birsic continues to be an active member of the national Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the Western PA Chapter of NPF. She also sits on the Collaborative Alliance for Pancreas Education and Research CAPER) Board of Directors. Birsic regularly attends pancreas, GI and NIH conferences in the United States, as well as campaigning on Capitol Hill for increased research dollars and patient reimbursable insurance funds. The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract honored Birsic in 2010 with the Public Service Award and she was recognized with her volunteerism with the 2012 Joan Birsic Dawson Service award.
She is a member of the Women Leaders Initiative United Way program and volunteers for the National Ability Center and Catholic Charities. Birsic is a 1977 graduate from the University of Notre Dame. A resident of Park City, UT, Birsic enjoys anything outdoors- hiking, skiing, tennis, and water sports.