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Sue Desmond-Hellmann has some experience when it comes to health care.

She began her career as an oncologist in San Francisco, and later worked in Kampala, Uganda, treating patients with AIDS-related cancer. She later was appointed president of Genentech, before serving as chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. For the past 5 1/2 years, she has served as CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At age 62, she will step down from that post at the end of this month.


STAT recently asked subscribers to submit questions for Desmond-Hellmann. Here are her responses.

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