AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2004, Volume 6, Number 12.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Standards of Care: An Ethical Examination.

Standards of Care: An Ethical Examination

Getahun Aynalem, MD, MPH, is a medical epidemiologist in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program, Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Health Care Services. Dr. Aynalem has published more than 20 papers in professional journals on HIV and other STDs. Previously Dr. Aynalem was an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is a member of the international clinical epidemiology network (INCLEN).

Niharika P. Bansal is a fifth-year MD-PhD student at Duke University School of Medicine in the Medical Scientist Training Program. She is pursuing graduate studies in the field of nuclear receptor biology under the mentorship of Dr. Donald P. McDonnell in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at DukeUniversity .

Eta S. Berner, EdD, is professor in the Health Informatics Program in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham . She is secretary of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and a former vice chair of the AMIA Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group.

Erin Egan, MD, JD, is a clinical instructor in general medicine at Loyola University Medical Center and in the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, is director of the University of Miami Bioethics Program. He is responsible for content of the ethics module for students in the School of Medicine . His research has focused on issues in evidence-based practice, information technology, and epidemiology and public health.

Kellie M. Hawkins, MPH, is an epidemiology analyst for the Los Angeles County Sexually Transmitted Disease Program. She received her master's degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. Her interests include health care policy, bioethics, and women's health issues.

Brian Horvath is a recent MPH graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a medical student at Duke University, where he is continuing research into Medicaid case management programs. He plans to pursue a career in dermatology.

Ellen K. Hummel, MD, is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a
general internist affiliated with the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is interested in the ethics of health care resource allocation.

Peter Kerndt, MD, MPH, is director of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program, Department of Public Health; Los Angeles County Health Care Services. Dr. Kerndt has published more than 50 papers in professional journals on HIV and other STDs. He has been an associate clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Southern California since 1987 and has provided clinical care and treatment at the LAC+USC Medical Center's HIV/AIDS Clinic. Dr. Kerndt is also an adjunct associate professor in the UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.

Eleanor D. Kinney, JD, MPH, is the Hall Render Professor of Law and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.

Francis A. Neelon, MD, retired in 2002 after 40 years in the Department of Medicine at Duke. He now practices with the Rice Diet Program in Durham, NC.

Robert H. Pantell, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He practiced in rural Idaho before becoming a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1980 as chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. His research interests include doctor-patient communication, functional status measurement, and improving quality of care in office-based settings; he is also principal investigator of the PROS Febrile Infant Study.

Vivian W. Pinn, MD, is associate director for research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health and director of the Office of Research on Women's Health.

Timothy Quill, MD, is a professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. He was in active primary care practice for 25 years and now heads the University's Center for Palliative Care and Clinical Ethics. He regularly teaches and writes about communication skills, relationship building skills, clinical reasoning, and end-of-life decision making.

Wendy A. Rogers, PhD, FRACGP, is an associate professor in medical ethics and health law in the Department of Medical Education at the Flinders University School of Medicine, Adelaide, Australia.

Mark Tonelli, MD, MA, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Peter A. Ubel, MD, is professor of medicine and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, a primary care physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and director of the Program for Improving Health Care Decisions. He is author of Pricing Life: Why It Is Time For Health Care Rationing (MIT Press, 2000) and is currently writing a book on emotional resilience and the lessons of adversity.

Staff contributor

Mollie O'Brien

Theme issue editor

Matthew DeCamp entered Duke University's Medical Scientist Training Program in 2000, where he has completed 2 years of medical school and is now in his third year of philosophy graduate work. He has worked with Duke University's Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy, Institutional Review Board, Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities, and most recently, the Program on Global Health and Technology Access. Past focuses of his research have included the effects of health care commodification on the physician-patient relationship and ethical issues in population-based genetics research. His thesis will discuss global distributive justice and global health.

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