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Ann M. Hester
Dr. Ann Hester is a board-certified internal medicine physician with over 25 years of direct patient care experience. Her passion for empowering patients started in medical school when she organized health fairs and wrote patient information literature. Her book Your Family Medical Record: An Interactive Guide to Getting the Best Care was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2000. In November of 2022, she published Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it’s an adventure!Dr. Hester also delves into various types of graphics technology and enjoys creating videos. She made a sister website for her new book,, which allows readers access to take online quizzes, watch engaging video clips, and download fillable forms about their symptoms and personal medical records.Dr. Hester is married with six children and a 100 lb German Shepherd named Rex. She enjoys organic gardening and taking long walks.

Patient Empowerment 101: More than a book, it's an adventure!

As an internal medicine physician, I’ve cared for tens of thousands of patients. One of my greatest pleasures has been empowering people with information that can help them thrive, whether or not they have a chronic illness. You don’t need a medical background to be an effective partner in your medical care. America’s paternalistic healthcare system must change. Everyone needs to be taught the basic skills to position himself in his rightful place, at the center of his healthcare team. That is my mission, and I enthusiastically embrace it.