Lilly Stairs

Chronic Boss


About Me

Each of us encounters defining moments in our lives. Moments that fundamentally shape who we are, moments that reveal our true selves.


My truest self was unearthed in a hospital bed. 

At the age of 19, I was diagnosed with both Crohn's disease and psoriatic arthritis. Since the very moment I was in that hospital bed, I knew I had found my calling and dedicated my personal and professional life to patient advocacy.

I am the Founder & Principal at Patient Authentic where I leverage my marketing expertise and mastery of stakeholder relations to help healthcare organizations build meaningful campaigns, programs, and educational resources by authentically engaging with patients.

I am a Board Member for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) where I provide strategic direction on current and future initiatives of the organization.

I'm here to make a difference in the lives of patients and I'm doing that everyday like a #ChronicBoss! 

Work with me


I am a powerful motivational speaker with a broad range of experience spanning across different audiences and sectors from C-suite executives to physicians to patient advocates.

Patient Engagement Advisor & Facilitator

My personal experience as a patient combined with a decade of work in the advocacy field has allowed me to unlock the key to successful patient engagement.


Building brands and launching campaigns are my bread and butter! I've successfully conceived and executed multiple campaigns for healthcare


Writing, Podcasting, & Social Engagement

I am available for guest posts, thought leadership pieces, podcasts, and social media engagement! I love the opportunity to  raise awareness about initiatives I believe in.

Core values

Nothing about me, without me

Nothing about me, without me

I believe patient engagement is the key to success in healthcare. 



“Lilly is an amazing advocate to work with. In working with her as a facilitator of a patient panel, she was insightful, passionate and very committed about ensuring the session resonated well for other patients. She ensured the attendees knew they were in a safe and respectful place to share their stories. Lilly is an inspirational and empowering advocate. She is committed to making the world a better place for others living with chronic disease. She has dedicated all that she does to making a difference for others, and is extremely knowledge about the hottest issues impacting healthcare today.”

Caroline Pavis 
Business Unit Communication Leader
Janssen Biotech

Let's chat 

Drop me a line! I love a good collaboration.

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© 2018 Lilly Stairs

Exciting news! I've officially launched Patient Authentic. To learn more and collaborate head over to!