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Wayne A. Beach is a professor of communication at SDSU and an associate member of the Cancer Center in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on conversational and institutional interactions and their convergence, including medical interviewing and how families talk through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beach has pioneered studies on how family members talk through illness dilemmas, including bulimia and terminal cancer, providing innovative approaches to understanding communication in casual and institutional health care contexts.

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Lawrence E. Kline is 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. Kline is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. After serving as director of intensive care and assistant chief of medicine for the U.S. Public Health Service in New York, he joined Scripps Clinic Medical Group in 1978.

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Dr. Lawrence Friedman is the director of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. He has been a board-certified internist and has been chief of the division of adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Diego since 1994. Friedman completed his residency and fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston. He remained in Boston as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, practicing internal and adolescent medicine, until moving to San Diego in 1994.

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Kamal Muilenburg has more than 30 years of indigent health care experience. As the BHC, she is focused on helping businesses understand and access private and public health care insurance and resources for their uninsured, low-income employees. Working with community partners, the BHC also helps to enroll employers and employees into these programs. She received her M.B.A. from San Diego State University and her B.S. from the University of California, San Diego.

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Ed Avol is a professor in the environmental health division of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He joined the USC faculty in 1992, following 18 years of research and consulting on air pollution and respiratory health issues. His current research involves studies of how air pollution varies within and between communities, evaluating new sampling approaches for improved exposure monitoring, and multi-year studies of respiratory health and disease progression in community populations, especially among children and young adults.

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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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