b'16BIOGRAPHIESKenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH,is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the UCSF. He is an outcomes researcher and focuses on the determinants and amelioration of disability in older persons. His research and mentoring have been focused on the intersection of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. His work examines how medical, social, and psychological determinants interact to predict health outcomes in older persons. He has used insights from this work to develop prognostic risk models to accurately predict outcomes. His work has also examined trajectories of functioning and quality of life in those who are frail or at the end of [email protected] Cox, MD, MPH,is a Professor of Medicine with tenure at Duke University.His connection to NPCRC is through his mentorship of Dr. Deepshikha Ashana and his collaborations with several NPCRC members.His research addresses clinical trials involving collaborative care delivery of palliative care in ICU and outpatient settings, healthcare informatics, and interventions for psychological distress.His clinical workis in the medical [email protected] H. Cross, PhD, LMSW, MPH,is an Instructor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Division of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory Universitys School of Medicine. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Her research has been covered by media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, and NPR. Prior to pursuing her PhD in public policy from Duke University, Dr. Cross was a social worker in home hospice and inpatient palliative care. Dr. Cross current research priorities are identifying, understanding, and improving the experiences of people facing structural inequities at end of life. [email protected] Randall Curtis, MD, MPH,is the founding Director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. He is also the A. Bruce MontgomeryAmerican Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He has 25 years of continuous funding from the NIH and numerous foundations for his research, which focuses on improving palliative care for patients with serious illness and their families. He has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed research articles and 150 editorials and chapters. His wife is a sculptor and his 18-year-old daughter is a competitive sailor, starting college, and planning to be a psychiatrist studying early childhood development. His daughter reports she is really good with toddlers because of all her experiences dealing with her father. Randy developed bulbar-onset ALS in 2020 and has lost his ability to speak; he communicates with text-to-speech [email protected]'