AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2006, Volume 8, Number 5: 354-356.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Conflict of Values in the Clinical Setting.

Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, is chair and professor in the Department of Psychology and professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale University and director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Rebecca J. Cook, JD, JSD, is the faculty chair in International Human Rights, the Faculty of Law, and is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the codirector of the International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law at the University of Toronto.

Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, is assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and faculty and Advisory Board member of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is also on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches courses on illness narratives. She is co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995), author of Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (1999), and co-editor of a forthcoming volume of women's illness writing called Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies.

Bernard M. Dickens, LLB, LLM, PhD, LLD, is the Dr. William M. Scholl Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics and is the codirector of the International Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law at the University of Toronto.

Jack Drescher, MD, is a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He is adjunct clinical assistant professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at State University of New York-Downstate (Brooklyn), and in private practice in New York City. Dr. Drescher is also completing his sixth and final year as chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues.

Andrew Fergusson, MB, MRCGP, is president of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois. He was a practicing family physician in a deprived area of London for 10 years.

Nicholas J. Fitzsimons, MD, is a third-year urology resident at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He is currently working on prostate cancer outcomes research.

Stephen J. Freedland, MD, is an assistant professor of urology and pathology at the Duke Prostate Center, Duke University and the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Centers all in Durham, North Carolina. His research interest is in prostate cancer and obesity.

Helen Harrison co-author of The Premature Baby Book and author of “The Principles for Family-Centered Neonatal Care,” is the mother of a 30-year-old prematurely born son. Mrs. Harrison lives in Berkeley, California, and moderates the Internet support group NAROF (Neonatology and the Rights of Families).

Paul J. Hoehner, MD, MA, is a cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a Harvey Doctoral Dissertation Fellow in Theology, Ethics, and Culture in the Department of Religious Studies, at the University of Virginia where he is completing his PhD in theological ethics. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, a member of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations National Ethics Commission, and was appointed to the Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates Joint Subcommittee on Medical, Ethical, and Scientific Issues Relating to Stem Cell Research.

Mahendr S. Kochar, MD, is senior associate dean of Graduate Medical Education and professor of medicine and of pharmacology/toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is also executive director of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc in Milwaukee.

John M. Lorenz, MD, is professor of clinical pediatrics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York. He is director of clinical research in the Division of Neonatology, chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, and attending neonatologist at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian. His research interests include long-term newborn intensive care outcomes, the impact of variation in clinical practice on outcome, and decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit.

June M. McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, is an assistant professor of medicine and preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Ethics Committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Institutional Review Board at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois.

Rebecca M. Puhl, PhD, is coordinator of Community and Weight Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

Staff Contributor

Allison Grady is a senior research assistant and editor of Virtual Mentor at the American Medical Association.

Theme Issue Editor

Manish Tushar Raiji is a second-year student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He received a BS in economics and science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a research focus on economic disparities. He also served as an associate editorial page editor for the Michigan Daily. While receiving a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, Manish taught sixth-grade mathematics in Baltimore, Maryland, for Teach for America.

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