AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2004, Volume 6, Number 11.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Research Ethics.

David S. Alberts, MD, is a Regents Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Public Health at the University of Arizona and director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the ArizonaCancer Center. He served as director of gastrointestinal oncology in the Arizona Cancer Center between 1975 and 1989, at which point he became principal investigator for a National Cancer Institute-funded Colon Cancer Prevention Program Project that is in Year 15 of continuous research activities. He is co-editor-in-chief for the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Vijaya Arekapudi, MD, studied obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay and then completed her post-graduate training at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. A naturalized citizen of the United States, Dr. Arekapudi is an elected fellow of the American College of Gynecology and Obstetricians and the Chicago Gynecological Society.

Michael Berens, PhD, received his doctorate in biology followed by post-doctoral work in experimental oncology. Dr. Berens' scientific career has focused on cancer research, particularly neuro-oncology. He is currently a senior investigator with the Neurogenomics Division and head of the Brain Tumor Cancer Unit at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). He is also the executive director of the Expression Project for Oncology (expO) of the International Genomics Consortium (IGC).

Alison Bickford is a graduate of Amherst College where she majored in neuroscience. She is currently a second-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to beginning medical school, she spent a year working with Partners in Health in Siberia.

Daniel Carpenter, PhD, is professor of government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Research for his article was funded by the National Science Foundation and an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Professor Carpenter neither seeks nor accepts funding or any other form of compensation from the FDA or from any commercial entity that sponsors product applications to the FDA.

Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Programs at the University of California, San Francisco, and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Godley is now an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

Tricia Higgins is a native of New Jersey and currently makes her home in Morristown. She obtained her BSN from Catholic University in Washington DC and worked professionally as an emergency room nurse.

Randy Horwitz, MD, is the medical director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Illinois and a PhD in immunology and molecular biology from the University of Florida. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and served as a fellow in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Wisconsin. He has also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Karen Kreiner, MD, is an instructor in clinical psychiatry and the psychiatry clerkship director at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Stephen B. Leapman, MD, is the Frank C. and Ruby L. Moore and George T. Lukemeyer Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Leapman has been the clerkship director in the Department of Surgery and a member of the Board of Trustees in the Association of Surgical Education. In 2001, Dr. Leapman became the first executive associate dean for Educational Affairs.

Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD, is executive director and professor,
Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law,
co-director, San Diego Center for Patient Safety, VA Medical Center, and adjunct associate professor of anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine, all in San Diego, Calif. His work focuses upon the intersection of law, medicine, and public policy in health care quality, safety, and ethics.

Laura Lin, MBA, is a third-year law student, president of the Health Law
Society, and member, Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law. She has over 10 years of experience in the health care industry, including 5 years as an officer in the US Navy, teaching in areas of health care delivery and management of clinical research trials in oncology and HIV studies.

Victoria Maizes, MD, is the executive director of the University of Arizona, Program in Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of medicine, family and community medicine and public health. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and then completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia, followed by a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Gary Marchant, PhD, JD, received both his BSc and a doctorate in genetics from the University of British Columbia. He then completed a MPP in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government followed by a JD at Harvard Law School. He is currently a professor of law and executive director at Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology.

Helle Mathiasen, Cand Mag, PhD, is director and clinical professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. A native of Denmark, she received her master's degree in English and Ancient Greek from the University of Copenhagen. After emigrating to the United States, she studied English literature at Tufts University.

Sharon Moe, MD, is the associate dean for Research Support and medical director of the Clinical Trials Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and completed a subsequent residency at Loyola University and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Chicago. Her current research interests relate to the pathophysiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in patients with renal failure.

Richard Maury Stone, MD, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and then trained as a fellow in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Stone currently cares for patients with leukemias, myelodysplasia, and myeloproliferative disorders and conducts clinical and basic science research related to improving treatments for these diseases.

Charles Weijer, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of bioethics and surgery at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, with expertise in the ethics of human experimentation. Professor Weijer was a member of the World Medical Association's Working Group revising the Declaration of Helsinki (1998-1999), a member of the WHO/CIOMS Steering Committee that produced the most recent CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects (2002), and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Staff Contributors

Shane K. Green, PhD
Christian J. Krautkramer
Abe Schwab

Theme Issue Editor

Mandy Redig is a second-year student in the MD/PhD program at Northwestern University. Prior to moving to Chicago she attended the University of Arizona where she earned a BS with honors in biochemistry and a creative writing minor. She was also a science features writer for the Journal of Young Investigators and the Flinn Foundation. During her first year as a medical student, Mandy worked as an intern with the Ethics Standards Group at the American Medical Association, an experience which helped further her interest in bioethics. As an aspiring research physician, she hopes to focus her career on the relationships between clinical oncology, medical research, and science policy.

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