AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2004, Volume 6, Number 10.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethics in the Practice of Surgery.

Ethics in the Practice of Surgery

Murray F. Brennan, MD, a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Surgeons, has been chairman of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Department of Surgery since 1985. He has special expertise in the treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas, endocrine tumors, and pancreatic and stomach cancers.

Luke P. Brewster, MD, is a general surgery resident at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC, Maywood, Ill.), a National Research Service Award fellow through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and a master's student at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at LUMC.

David P. Jaques, MD, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is vice chairman of the Department of Surgery, director of Surgical Education, and an attending surgeon on the Gastric & Mixed Tumor Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. His interests include surgical education and research in surgical palliation of advanced cancer. He currently leads the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and other educational programs in the Department of Surgery.

Avram Kraft, MD, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a board-certified general surgeon who has practiced in university, municipal and private hospital settings. He is a senior member of the Society of University Surgeons, director of the Center for Compassion in Medical Care at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and associate professor of clinical surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kraft is the assistant medical director of the ENH Hospice and chair of the Ethics Committee at ENH-Highland Park Hospital.

Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, has served as president of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) since 1986 and is principal architect of its patient safety initiatives.

Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, is director of Graduate Medical Education and vice chairman of the Education Division at the Cleveland Clinic. He also heads the Surgical Endoscopy section of General Surgery.

Angelique M. Reitsma, MD, MA, is a research associate at the University of Virginia's Center for Biomedical Ethics, where she works on the ethics of human subject research and on surgical ethics and teaches in the Medical School and the Master's Program for Biomedical Ethics.

Robert S. Rhodes, MD, a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, is associate director of the American Board of Surgery and adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has had a long-standing interest in surgical education, health care economics, and quality issues in surgical care. He is past president of the Society of University Surgeons, was professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the James D. Hardy Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Bernie S. Siegel, MD, retired from his New Haven, Conn., practice of general and pediatric surgery in 1989. As a physician, he cared for and counseled innumerable people whose lives and sense of self were threatened by illness, As a prolific and best-selling author, he advocates for complementary and alternative medicine-—particularly mind-body healing. He continues to break new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love.

Leigh Turner, PhD, is a member (2003-2004) at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and an assistant professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Staff Contributors

Melissa Junge
Jennifer Reenan, MD

Theme Issue Editor

Abe Schwab is a research assistant in Ethics Standards at the American Medical Association and is completing his doctorate in philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago.

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