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Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH is Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine at UC Davis and Director of the University of California Center, Sacramento. A general internist, he sees patients and supervises trainees in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He has led studies examining patients’ expectations and requests for care, direct-to-consumer advertising of prescriptions drugs, and aligning care with patient’s individual needs, values and preferences. The author or co-author of over 300 academic papers, he has twice won Academy Health’s Article-of-the-Year award and was the 2013 recipient of the George Engel Award for Outstanding Research Contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Health Care Communication and Related Skills.

Richard L. Street, Jr., PhD is Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University and Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His research focuses on clinician-patient communication, pathways linking communication to improved health outcomes, and strategies for increasing patient involvement in care. His research and teaching awards include Outstanding Health Communication Scholar from the International Communication Association, L. Donohew Health Communication Scholar Award from the University of Kentucky, TAMU Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching and Research, and 2012 George L. Engel award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

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