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Dr. Patrick Dean has pulled off a magic trick to make Houdini proud.

The founder and president of GI Pathology, a national testing laboratory based in Memphis, Dean has practiced medicine without a license in at least two states. Practicing without a license is often a career killer for a physician. Not so with Dean.

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My fellow contributing editor here at ReportingonHealth, Barbara Feder Ostrov, suggested I might be beating up unnecessarily on Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Doyle John Borchers III in my post Wednesday.

After all, the poor guy did crash his plane and die. Why go over his alleged drug history?

Here's why. One of my main goals in this blog is to explore all the different places you can find information for health stories.

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W. Rory Hume is the provost, chief academic officer and chief operating officer of the United Arab Emirates University. He was the former provost of academic affairs and vice president of academic and health affairs for the University of California system. The UC division of health affairs was responsible for developing and managing policies and programs related to the UC system's health sciences and professional education and training programs in dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine.

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Palmer W. Taylor is founding dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD. A nationally recognized leader in pharmacology research, Taylor was instrumental in creating the new school -- which opened in 2002 -- and in pointing out to state leaders the nationwide shortage of pharmacists, as well as the need for a pharmacy school that would take a leadership role in the post-genomic era of drug development and patient counseling regarding specialized medications tailored to individual needs.

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Keith Alley is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Merced. Previously, he served as vice chancellor of research, the lead campus research officer, and was responsible for the development and support of research opportunities, initiatives and partnerships. In his dual position as dean of graduate studies, he also oversaw graduate degree programs and all issues related to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Ed Penhoet is a board member and former president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a grant-making organization that funds projects related to environmental conservation and science in the San Francisco Bay Area. The veteran biotech leader also serves as vice chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state's stem cell agency. Previously, Penhoet served as dean of the School of Public Health at the UC Berkeley. In 1981, he co-founded Chiron Corp. and served as its chief executive officer until 1998.

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Dean O'Connor serves as dean of student learning at Bakersfield College in California. Previously, he served as dean of health careers and sciences at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He has provided instructional, administrative and visionary leadership for multiple allied health career programs at the community college level. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education.

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Carolyn Walker is a professor of nursing in SDSU's School of Nursing and assistant dean for student services in graduate and research affairs at SDSU. Walker's clinical and research specialty is pediatric nursing with a subspecialty in pediatric oncology. She chaired the research committee for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses for five years and has also served as its president. Walker received her associate's degree in nursing from Fullerton College in 1968, her B.S. in nursing from California State University, Fullerton in 1976, her M.S.

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Benjamin Cuellar is a professor and former dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno. He oversees a professional school that offers education in specialized disciplines related to health and human services. The school is involved in a number of projects aimed at strengthening the health care safety net in the Central Valley through education, including support for health advocacy and environmental health training.

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