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Update: Dr. Gupta removed himself from the list of candidates on March 5, telling CNN's Larry King, "I think for me it really came down to a sense of timing more than anything else. This job...takes us away from our children for so many years at once, and I sort of came to grips that I'd probably be away for several years of their lives."

Dr. Sanjay Gupta appears to be the first surgeon general picked not for his public service but for his public image.

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Suzie Xuyen Dong-Matsuda, M.S.W., is the Pacific Asian Unit service chief at the Orange County Health Care Agency. She is a licensed clinical social worker and also has a private psychotherapy practice. In 2004, she was selected as one of the \"Top 30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch\" by the Orange County Register. She has spoken on mental health issues on Vietnamese radio and TV and writes occasionally for Vietnamese newspapers and magazines.

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Terry Gock, Ph.D., M.P.A., is director of Pacific Clinics' Asian Pacific Family Center, which serves the Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations in the San Gabriel Valley through programs in mental health, substance abuse prevention, child abuse prevention, gang and violence prevention. Mr. Gock is also an organizational consultant and a program proposal reviewer in private practice for various nonprofit and government organizations, as well as a clinical and forensic psychologist.

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Stephen Bender is a professor emeritus of epidemiology and biostatistics at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. He has been a member of the SDSU faculty for more than 30 years. During his tenure at SDSU, Bender has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, authored five books and been the recipient of over $6 million in grant/contract awards. He was the founding head of the division of health promotion at the Graduate School of Public Health and has served as associate director and acting director of the school.

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Dr. Sherry Glied's principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental healthcare policy. She served as a senior economist for healthcare and labor market policy to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, under both President Bush and President Clinton. In the latter part of her term, she was a participant in President Clinton's Health Care Task Force. In 1996-1997, Dr. Glied was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Her research on health policy has focused on the financing of healthcare services in the U.S.

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Ms. Sara Rosenbaum is the Harold and Jane Hirsh professor of health law and policy, and chair of the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prof. Rosenbaum also directs the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the Center for Health Services Research and Policy and holds appointments in the schools of medicine and health sciences and law. Prof. Rosenbaum, who received her J.D.

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Dr. Sandra R. Hernandez is chief executive officer of the San Francisco Foundation. Prior to becoming CEO of the Foundation, she served as the director of public health for the city and county of San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. Dr.

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Dr. Rosemarie M. Johnson is the board secretary for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. She was a commissioner for the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, a binational organization working to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Johnson is a practicing anesthesiologist and a visiting associate clinical professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine's anesthesiology department. She has worked for the Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.

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Roger Doughty is executive director of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through grant-making, strengthening of LGBT organizations and leadership, and increasing philanthropic giving. Doughty was most recently the executive director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest's largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization. During his tenure, Doughty led the organization's expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center.

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Dr. Roberta G. Williams is a specialist in pediatric cardiology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Previously, she was the chair of pediatrics at the Keck school and vice president of pediatrics and academic affairs at Childrens Hospital. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care service at Boston Children's Hospital.

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