Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH, is a senior investigator in the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Her researchintegrates perspectives and empirical methods from economics and communications research to the area of patient-physician engagement. For the last four years, she has studied patient centered care transformation, for patients with chronic conditions in particular, at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Tai-Seale has won the 2008 Article-of-the-Year Award from AcademyHealth for work on patient-physician communication as well as major grants from the National Institute of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is the principle investigator of the project “Creating a Zone of Openness to Increase Patient-Centered Care” funded by PCORI. Dr. Tai-Seale earned her Ph.D. in Health Services with a cognate in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her MPH from Emory University.