Randi Belisomo, DBe, is the President and Co-Founder of Life Matters Media. She serves as a reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago and is a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio, Relevant Radio and WGN 720 AM. She writes about issues related to end of life healthcare and policy for Reuters Health.
Belisomo holds a doctorate from Loyola University-Chicago in bioethics and health policy, as well as an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is a multiple Emmy Nominee and a Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series, best feature and best sports story.
She currently serves on the boards of Living Water International and Mental Health America- Illinois. She is a chair person of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University and a member of the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). She is a Respecting Choices certified advance care planning facilitator and instructor.
Having served as a caregiver and widowed at a young age, Belisomo knows that end of life issues impact everyone at some point. She hopes that through the work of Life Matters Media, the inevitable challenges with which life presents and often surprises us will be made easier for the organization’s audiences.
Mary F. Mulcahy, MD is the co-founder of Life Matters Media. She is a practicing medical oncologist with more than ten years experience in caring for patients and families with terminal illness. She is a sought-after speaker providing education to medical providers, advocacy groups and patients. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, completed her residency at Boston University and her fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has expertise in the treatment of pancreatic biliary, esophageal and liver cancers. She is experienced in liver directed therapy for primary and metastatic liver tumors.
She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Can’t Stomach Cancer. She serves on the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and on the board of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition.
Her proudest moments come as she sees terminal patients take control of their lives- in the form of preparing a will, planning for children, identifying their legacy or communicating advanced directives. The ability to facilitate a frank discussion to bring peace to a patient is a skill she has and hopes to one day master.