Lael Duncan is the Medical Director of Consulting Services for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. She is an expert educator on Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), end-of-life communication between patients and providers, advance care planning, and legislation that impacts end-of-life care in California. Before joining the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, Dr. Duncan was co-founder and medical director of Good Medicine Consult & Advocacy Services, a practice in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on assisting patients and families with shared medical decisions and values-based care planning. She is a licensed California physician with more than 15 years of clinical practice in internal medicine, infectious disease, and long term acute care for patients with multi-system disease. After graduating with honors from the University of Washington Medical School in 1991, Dr. Duncan did her residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.