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About the Authors

Dr. Ann Broderick graduated with an AB in Latin American literature from Princeton University. She is a 1986 graduate of the Carver College of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine in 1989 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She then worked as a general internist and a hospice medical director. After 10 years in that position, she became the Director of Palliative care at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She is currently the Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.

Dr. Broderick has been a tireless champion of patient and family education, as she feels that patients can collaborate best with their health care teams when they are informed. Lung cancer patients and their families have contributed greatly to her understanding of the full impact of this disease. She continues to work with oncologists to control symptoms during cancer treatment in her role as a palliative care physician at the VA Medical Center.

Fred LaBrecque worked as the Medical Writer and Program Development Director for the Caring Ambassadors. He has experience in all facets of the medical research field: basic laboratory research, clinical trials, data coordination, and program management. In his work, Fred has written and edited a variety of publications, from editorials aimed at general audiences, to scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals.