AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2006, Volume 8, Number 3: 188-190.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Cost of Care.

G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, is an instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and affiliate faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Jerry Avorn, MD, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. An internist, geriatrician, and drug epidemiologist, he studies the intended and adverse effects of drugs, physician prescribing practices, and medication policy. Dr. Avorn pioneered the “academic detailing” approach in which evidence-based information about drugs is provided to doctors through educational outreach programs run by non-commercial sponsors.

Marion Danis, MD, is chief of the Ethics Consultation Service at the Clinical Center and head of the Section on Ethics and Health Policy in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on finding strategies for fairly rationing limited health care resources by involvement of the public.

Alex Federman, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Federman was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholarship in 2004. His research interests include access to supplemental insurance for low-income seniors and its impact on use of primary care services, financial barriers to care for low-income seniors, and patient-physician communication about health care costs.

Michael A. Fischer, MD, MS, is an internist, clinical epidemiologist, and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also an associate physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directs that division’s hospital-based educational and medication review activities. His research is primarily devoted to studying how scientific evidence and drug policy changes affect prescribing patterns.

Richard M. Frankel, PhD, is professor of medicine and geriatrics and a senior research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also a senior scientist in the Center on Implementing Evidence Based Practice at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Frankel currently serves as the statewide director of the Professionalism Competency for undergraduate medical education at Indiana University School of Medicine and is co-principal investigator of the Relationship-Centered Care Initiative, a 4-year effort to change the culture of the school.

Robert Goodman, MD, started No Free Lunch, an organization that encourages health care providers to "just say no" to pharmaceutical industry gifts and enticements. From July 2001 through June 2003 he was a physician advocacy fellow in the Open Society Institute’s Medicine as a Profession Program. He continues to see patients and to teach at Columbia where he includes a course on “non-promotion-based medicine” in the curriculum for internal medicine residents. He is also the medical director of CoSMO, the Columbia medical students’ Free Clinic.

Devon M. Herrick, PhD, is a health economist and senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD, is executive director and professor of law at the Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law; co-director and adjunct associate professor of anesthesiology, UC-San Diego School of Medicine; adjunct associate professor of public health, San Diego State University College of Health and Human Services; and adjunct professor of aviation, Western Michigan University College of Aviation.

Joseph P. Newhouse, PhD, is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University and a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Newhouse is also a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, is the chief health and medical officer of Lumenos, a subsidiary of Wellpoint and a leading national provider of consumer-driven health plans. He is also the president-elect of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Niamey Pender is a fourth-year medical student at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and is currently applying for a surgery residency.

Katie Plax, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician at the Adolescent Center at St Louis Children’s Hospital where she sees patients and teaches residents and medical students.

Meredith B. Rosenthal, PhD, is assistant professor of health economics and policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. Dr. Rosenthal’s principal area of research is the influence of economic incentives on consumer and provider health care decisions. Her other substantive interests include the pharmaceutical industry, mental health policy, and the economics of smoking.

Robert W. Seifert is the policy director at The Access Project, a national initiative that provides research and policy analysis support to grassroots groups working to improve access to health care. At the Access Project he oversees community research and has authored numerous publications on health care access and financing. Since 2004, Mr. Seifert has also been director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.

Terry Stein, MD, is the director of clinician-patient communication for The Permanente Medical Group in the Northern California region of Kaiser Permanente. In this role she develops and delivers programs to enhance the interpersonal skills of the nearly 6000 physicians across the area. She also co-directed the Clinician-Patient Communication Research Initiative for Kaiser Permanente from 2000-2005.

Theme Issue Editor

Emily Rothbaum is a fourth-year medical student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She is currently applying for pediatrics residencies. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in history and science in 2001. Before starting medical school, she spent time in Washington, DC, doing health policy research at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and in Madrid, teaching English. During medical school, she co-founded and wrote a health policy newsletter for medical students and faculty. As a pediatrician, she plans to combine clinical practice with continued involvement in health policy research and advocacy.

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