Matthew Zachary
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Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary is a community builder. After surviving end-stage brain cancer, he ignited a global movement of cancer renegades united in advocating for choice, equity, and a dignified path to a productive life. As the Founder of Stupid Cancer, Inc., Matthew is considered to be one of today's most influential patient leaders.

RENEGADE FOUNDER, DISARMING STORYTELLER, CREATIVE LEADER, CONCERT PIANIST, CANCER REBEL

Matthew Zachary is a true original. Call him a pioneer, a provocateur, a global change leader... but one thing is certain: he is driven by genuine authenticity and unbridled passion for making the world a better place. And he has." 

Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-At-Large, Axios

Expertise In:

  • Branding
  • Cancer
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Customer Loyalty

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Non-Profits
  • The Health Care Industry
  • The Marketing and Advertising Industry

Matthew Zachary is a community builder. After surviving end-stage brain cancer, he ignited a global movement of cancer renegades united in advocating for choice, equity, and a dignified path to a productive life. As the Founder of Stupid Cancer, Inc., Matthew is considered to be one of today's most influential patient leaders.

With a passion for storytelling, connecting people, and agitating the status quo, his legacy is to have galvanized the patient voice and challenged conventional wisdom about the art of survivorship.

Matthew is also an award-winning podcaster, recording artist, and acclaimed concert pianist.

Featured Experiences

Dear Pharma: There Is Nothing Centric About Patient-Centricity

While the philosophy of patient centricity is noble, it has proven grossly ineffective for as long as it’s been a buzzword. Why? There is a fundamental disconnect at play that few, if any, perceive. It is one that patients and their respective patient advocacy organizations have never had the platform to share with industry until recently with social media as our bullhorn.

Democratizing Cancer: How Freedom of Choice Improves Patient Reported Outcomes

Historically, the decision-making tools allotted to cancer patients have been limited to medical teams (high-trust/low-resource) and the Internet (low-trust/high-resource). Social media has engendered an empowered generation of advocates and activists who have forced the hand of industry to adapt its approach in the form of “patient-centricity” – a meaningless term to the 23-year-old who just found out they have metastatic breast cancer while three months pregnant and finishing up her MBA. Learn how an ever-changing landscape of consumer activism is disrupting is ending isolation, building community, providing education, redefining quality-of-life, and improving health outcomes.

Stop Innovating and Do Something: A Patient’s Take on Digital Transformation

Tech-savvy healthcare consumers who use digital tools to self-advocate are the ones Pharma needs to look out for the most. Why? Because, with or without industry, they are already changing the landscape from the ground up. Big Pharma needs to adapt if they want to stay relevant by reimagining their fundamental philosophies about marketing communication and what success actually means.

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