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Speaker and Participant Bios

Festival of Health / A Weekend of Wellness

October 11, 1999

Jimenez is an expert on the legal aspects of health care. She is the legal counsel to California Health Advocates, a state network of nonprofit Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Programs that provide education, counseling and assistance to California Medicare patients.

Dr. Norman Kachuck

Kachuck is associate professor of neurology at USC and director of the university's Multiple Sclerosis Center. In that role, he oversees clinical research activity as well as spearheads the disease management aspects of the center's mission.

Dr. Ronald L. Katz

Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at USC's School of Medicine, Katz has taught anesthesiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and at UCLA, where he also served as department chair.

Dr. Tom Kennon

Kennon is a psychotherapist and management consultant with 22 years of clinical experience. An assistant clinical professor in UCLA's department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Kennon's clients have included Kaiser Permanente, County-USC Medical Center and the American Cancer Society.

Jan Kidwell

Kidwell is chairwoman of the speakers bureau for the Sierra Club's Angeles chapter, which serves L.A. and Orange counties. She seeks to promote the preservation of open space for species habitat and recreation and to encourage the education of young people about habitat protection.

Robert Landel

Landel, an associate professor at USC, has been teaching physical therapy for 10 years. From 1989 to 1996, he was the director of USC Physical Therapy Associates Inc., the outpatient faculty practice of USC's department of biokinesiology and physical therapy. He is still in practice with the group.

David J. Lansky

Lansky is president of the Foundation for Accountability, a nonprofit group that helps consumers make better health care decisions. Before joining the foundation, Lansky was with a company composed of a group of hospitals, primary care groups and home health services.

Wendy Lazarus

Founder and director of the Children's Partnership, a national policy center, Lazarus has worked in the area of children's policy for 25 years. She began her career with the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., and was founding vice president of Policy for Children Now, a California-based advocacy group.

David Solin Lee

Lee serves as chief executive of Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica. In his three years at the college, Lee has created partnerships with Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey and the Los Angeles Free Clinic.

Peter V. Lee

Lee is executive director of the Center for Health Care Rights, an organization that seeks to ensure consumer access to quality health care. He has worked at the center since 1995, and has written a number of studies on managed care issues.

Gwyneth E. Lewis

A former hospital staff nurse, outpatient-clinic staff nurse and health education program manager, Lewis serves as a diabetes educator and nurse coordinator at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte. Lewis has also coordinated a weight-loss program for diabetics.

Shelly Lewis

Lewis, a registered dietitian, has been a nutritionist for more than a decade. She has worked as a nutritionist for Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Women with Infants and Children, since 1987. She is a member of the American Dietetic Assn. and of Dietitians in AIDS Care Practice Group.

Dr. Aliza A. Lifshitz

Lifshitz has been a board member for the National Confederation of Hispanic American Medical Assns. and vice chairwoman of the L.A. County Commission on AIDS. Since 1988, she has been the health reporter for Univision TV Network, and is the health columnist for La Opinion.

Dr. Loren Lipson

Lipson is associate professor and chief of the division of geriatric medicine, associate professor of gerontology and clinical pharmacology at USC. He is also the clinical director of the USC Senior Care Program and director of the USC/Norris Hospital Senior Cancer Care Program.

Chi-Jen Liu

Liu has studied feng shui for more than 50 years and practiced it in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. He holds a pharmacy degree from National Taiwan University.

Jenny T. Liu

A fourth-generation practitioner of feng shui, Liu, of New Feng Shui Concepts of Alhambra, holds a bachelor's degree in environmental design from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in architecture from UCLA.

Dr. Joanne Lynn

Lynn is a professor of health care sciences and medicine and director of the Center to Improve Care of the Dying at George Washington University Medical Center. She is also president of Americans for Better Care of the Dying, a non-profit organization that promotes improved end-of-life care.

Deborah Madison

The founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco and of Cafe Escalera in Santa Fe, N.M., Madison is the author of such books as "The Greens Cookbook" and "The Vegetarian Table." She is also a restaurant consultant on vegetarian cooking.

Dr. Robert K. Maloney

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