AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2006, Volume 8, Number 6: 435-436.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Sound Prescribing.

Richard Adair, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and works with internal medicine residents in an inner-city clinic in Minneapolis.

Sharon Batt, MA, is a doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Ethics of Health Research and Policy. The author of "Patient No More" (Gynergy Press, 1994), Ms. Batt has held endowed chairs in women's health and the environment at Dalhousie University and in women's studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada.

Daniel Carpenter, PhD, is professor of government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. His publications and ongoing research focus on the history and political economy of pharmaceutical regulation.

Perry G. Fine, MD, is professor of anesthesiology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine, Pain Research Center, Salt Lake City, where he is engaged in clinical care, undergraduate medical education, fellowship training and pain research. He also serves as vice president for medical affairs, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, Va., working to improve care of patients with advanced illness through education, research and advocacy.

Jonathan A. Finkelstein, MD, MPH, is associate professor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention and of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. His research focuses on antibiotic overuse and resistance in children. He practices part-time in Boston, Mass.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, is an adjunct associate professor, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Masters Program, Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Brian Hagenlocker, MD, is a staff physician in primary care and director of the Clinical Informatics Group at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami, Fla. His interests include performance measurement in the VA system and the role of computer decision-support systems in quality improvement.

Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, is associate professor of bioethics, Joint Medical Program, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She is a psychiatrist with a doctorate in philosophy. Her book "From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice" (Oxford University Press, 2001) and articles in medical and ethics journals focus on the role of emotions in health care.

Murray Kopelow, MD, MSC, FRCPC, is the chief executive and secretary of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, which has its offices in Chicago, Ill.

Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH, is professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care. His research focuses on patients as agents for quality—the role of patients and families in improving the quality of their own care.

Jorge G. Ruiz, MD, is a member of the geriatrics faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, director for education and evaluation of the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, and senior researcher at the Stein Gerontological Institute, all in Miami, Fla. He is an internist and geriatrician whose research focuses on the role of e-learning in medical education and the use of computer decision-support systems in geriatric care.

Frederick S. Sierles, MD, is professor and director of Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Ill.

Staff Contributors

Christian J. Krautkramer, MD, is a senior research assistant in the office of the vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill.

Philip A. Perry, MSJ, is assistant editor of Virtual Mentor, and research assistant, Ethics Resource Center, American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill.

Theme Issue Editor

Jennifer Reenan, MD, is a senior research associate in the office of the vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Reenan received her MD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2003. While in medical school, she worked with faculty in the Department of Pediatrics on a developing approaches for addressing the problem of childhood obesity at the community level.