Our Mission is to help patients and their families engage in shared decision making with their health providers and empower them to make informed medical decisions.

ACP Decisions partners with healthcare organizations to implement patient-centered advance care planning. Our video decision support tools are professionally crafted after rigorous review by leading experts in medicine, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, ethics, and decision making.


Our Vision Our Vision

  • Patients and families who are actively engaged in their own health care.
  • Strong patient-doctor relationships based on shared knowledge and open communication.
  • High quality medical care that reflects patients’ preferences and goals.

Our Promise Our Promise

  • To help patients partner with their clinicians to plan for future medical care.
  • To help patients and families make informed healthcare decisions by offering educational videos that accurately portray their medical conditions and treatment options.

Our Story

Our Story

ACP Decisions was founded in 2010 by Drs. Angelo Volandes and Aretha Delight Davis with the purpose of empowering patients and their families to make informed medical decisions through evidence-based video media. Angelo brings his research and documentary film training and expertise to this work. Aretha brings a passion for social justice, experience as a family caregiver, and a desire for "getting things done”.

It all started with a small video library in English and Spanish. Today, the ACP Decisions “Small but Mighty” Team has expanded the library to over 400 patient/caregiver facing videos in over 20 languages that cover a range of clinical topics. The My ACP Decisions platform supports clinicians, patients, and families during their shared advance care planning journey. We are privileged to be able to empower people in various clinical settings all around the country.

Our Team

Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH

Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH

Co-Founder/President

Dr. Volandes is a physician researcher, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and co-Founder of the Foundation. He is an internationally recognized expert on the use of video decision support tools, decision science, and ethics. He leads an internationally recognized group of innovators and video artists who create video support tools to better inform patients about their options for medical care. Dr. Volandes’ work has been featured in major publications and national media and he is the author of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, a medical degree from Yale, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard.
Aretha Delight Davis, MD, JD

Aretha Delight Davis, MD, JD

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Davis is a co-Founder of the Foundation. She has had a long-standing interest in applying her legal skills for vulnerable populations within the healthcare system to promote more patient-centered care. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Davis was a practicing attorney who advocated on behalf of Medicaid recipients and the uninsured as well as represented individuals and corporations in corporate criminal matters. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a medical degree from Harvard.
Elmer D. Abbo, MD, JD, MBA

Elmer D. Abbo, MD, JD, MBA

Board Member

Dr. Abbo is an internist, hospitalist, and palliative care physician who is currently a strategic medical director for quality at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. He previously was the medical director at CountyCare, the Medicaid managed care plan for the Cook County Health and Hospital System, after a career in academic medicine at the University of Chicago where his research and teaching focused on the nexus of the patient, the health care delivery system, and the law. Dr. Abbo received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, his medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Lenny López, MD, MPH, M. Div

Lenny López, MD, MPH, M. Div

Board Member

Dr. Lenny López is Chief of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. His current research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. Dr. López received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, MA, MPH

Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, MA, MPH

Chief Quality Officer

Dr. Paasche-Orlow is a physician and researcher at Boston Medical Center. Health literacy is the central topic of his research career. He is a nationally recognized expert and lectures widely across the country. He received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a Masters in Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Pamela Schwartz

Pamela Schwartz

Technical Product Manager

Pamela Schwartz is the Technical Product Manager with ACP Decisions. She is responsible for the Foundation’s video, content, and technology portfolio, maintaining quality and ensuring a smooth user experience. Pamela has worked with startups innovating in the financial tech, drone, and bitcoin spaces. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Statistics from Cornell University. With personal experience caring for a loved one with a terminal illness, she is deeply passionate about the Foundation’s mission and understands the vulnerability and difficulty of being on the other side of the videos.
Shira Gabry-Kalikow, MPH, MSW

Shira Gabry-Kalikow, MPH, MSW

Partner Success Manager

Shira Gabry-Kalikow is the Partner Success Manager with ACP Decisions. She is responsible for guiding health care partners in implementing ACP Decisions' tools and providing ongoing workflow and optimization support. Shira has significant experience in digital health and health education and a deep understanding of the challenges in patient/provider communication. The mission and values of the Foundation resonate deeply with her after a combination of personal and professional experience supporting people suffering from life-threatening illnesses. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and a dual Masters' in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University.
Cynthia Garde, MBA

Cynthia Garde, MBA

Chief Technology Officer

Cynthia Garde is the Chief Technology Officer with ACP Decisions. She leverages 16 plus years of managerial experience in software, hardware, and technology operations. Her current focus is on machine system dynamics, customer-persuasive-human-centered applications, and predictive artificial intelligence. She received her MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management, and she is pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University concentrated on Automatic Control Systems and Quantum Mechanics.

Medical Advisory Board

Critical Care · Dr. Mangala Narasimhan | Geriatrics & Palliative Care · Drs. Tara Liberman and Gabriela Solis | Nephrology · Dr. Candace Halinski | Palliative Care · Drs. Maria Carney (Chair of the Board), Alex Rimar & Diana Martins Welch | Surgery · Dr. Matthew Weiss

Special Thanks

We are thankful to the patients and families who agreed to be filmed for the purpose of educating other patients and improving healthcare decision making for everyone. Today, many healthcare organizations and system throughout the United State use our video support tools to improve patient care and engagement.

Special Thanks

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