Virtual Mentor. September 2006, Volume 8, Number 9: 636-638.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Humanist Approaches to Care at the End of Life.
Robert M. Arnold, MD, is the Leo H. Criep Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and is the chief of the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. He is also director of the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication and is past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Anthony L. Back, MD, is a professor at the University of Washington and affiliate member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He is associate program director of GI-oncology and director of palliative care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and director of the Program on Cancer Communication.
Leslie J. Blackhall, MD, MTS, is associate professor of medicine and associate professor of medical education in the Biomedical Ethics and Program for Humanities in Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is medical director at the Center for Geriatric and Palliative Care and coordinator for research at the Center for Biomedical Ethics.
David J. Casarett, MD, MA, is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is medical director of the palliative care service at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and is on the faculty of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Casarett is the recipient of an Advanced Research Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Paul Beeson Faculty Scholars Award in Aging Research.
Rashmi Kudesia, ScB, is a third-year medical student at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Her longstanding interests in the moral underpinnings of medicine and gender issues has led to her current thesis research on ethical issues in infertility treatment, partly sponsored through the Roadmap Scholarship for Clinical Research.
Diane E. Meier, MD, is director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute and the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Richard Payne, MD, is the Ester Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life at the Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. Dr. Payne is chair of the board of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and a board member of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors; he co-chairs the Palliative Care Steering Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and is a member of the Long Term Care Commission of the NQF. From 2003-2004, Dr. Payne was president of the American Pain Society.
Timothy E. Quill, MD, is a professor of medicine, psychiatry and medical humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y. He is also the director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Quill is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, a board-certified palliative care consultant and a founding member of the American Academy on Physician and Patient.
Ramona L. Rhodes, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics at Brown Medical School in Providence, R.I., and a researcher at Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. Her research examines racial differences in long-term care and end-of-life care.
Maria J. Silveira, MD, MA, MPH, is an internist, health services researcher and ethicist who examines end-of-life issues. She is on faculty in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan and the Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence in Ann Arbor. She is exploring ways to maintain primary care continuity at the end of life and improve access to hospice care. Her theoretical work focuses on the ethics of pain management.
Lorraine M. Stone, MD, MSPH, is a fellow in palliative care and geriatric medicine at Duke University and the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She received her medical degree and masters of science in public health at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, and completed her family medicine residency training there.
James A. Tulsky, MD, is director of the Center for Palliative Care and professor of medicine and professor in nursing at Duke University and the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He has a longstanding interest in patient-doctor communication and quality of life at the end of life and has published widely on the topic of palliative care.
Allison Grady is a senior research assistant in ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill., and an editor of Virtual Mentor. She has been a hospice volunteer for five years in Connecticut and Illinois.
Sarah Maitre is a 2006-2007 fellow in the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. She will receive her medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 2007.
Philip A. Perry, MSJ, is a research assistant in ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill., and an editor of Virtual Mentor.
Matthew Stonecipher is the 2006 DePaul College of Law-American Medical Association Health Law and Medical Ethics Scholar. He interned during the summer of 2006 for the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judical Affairs in Chicago, Ill., and is a second-year student at DePaul University College of Law, also in Chicago.
Theme issue editor
Tom LeBlanc, MD, MA, is a recent graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University. While at Duke he also earned a masters degree in philosophy, focusing on topics in medical ethics. Tom recently began his internship in internal medicine at Duke University and has career interests in palliative care, oncology, medical ethics, medical education and literature in medicine.
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