AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2006, Volume 8, Number 11: 792-793.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Understanding the Illness-Poverty Relationship.

Vanessa Yasmin Calderon is the 2006-2007 Jack Rutledge Fellow for Universal Healthcare and Eliminating Health Disparities at the American Medical Student Association. In June 2007, she will be returning to the Charles R. Drew Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to complete her last two years of medical school.

Matthew Fitz, MD, is an assistant professor in medicine and pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill.

Ken Fox, MD, is a community pediatrician in Chicago, Ill.

Andrea M. Garcia, JD, is a research associate in the Division of Medicine and Public Health at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill.

Marc Gorelick, MD, MSCE, is medical director and Jon E. Vice Chair in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Barbara J. Low, DrPH, MPH, is an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Northern British Columbia in the Health Sciences Faculty and a faculty associate at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Her current research concerns the impact of youth health-risk behavior and educational attainment on health status.

M. David Low, MD, PhD, is immediate past president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and professor emeritus in the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is a cofounder of the nationwide Medicine-Public Health Initiative and has served as policy adviser to numerous state and Canadian provincial governments, congressional committees and the White House.

Amanda J. Redig is a fourth-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. She is currently conducting research on signaling pathways during normal and malignant hematopoiesis in the laboratory of Leonidas Platanias at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mandy hopes to combine clinical work and research in the field of hematology-oncology.

Abigail Silva, MPH, is an epidemiologist at the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Ill., where she assesses health disparities in Chicago and its communities using vital statistics and data from a community health survey. She has also gained extensive experience in evaluating rapid HIV testing programs in medical care settings.

Jessamy Taylor is a research associate at the National Health Policy Forum, a nonpartisan research and public policy organization at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Community and Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He is also the assistant director of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, the nation’s first academic policy center devoted to the protection of children from environmental threats, and co-principal investigator of the Queens (N.Y.) Vanguard Center of the National Children’s Study.

Saul J. Weiner, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a senior investigator at the Veterans Administration Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research.

Staff contributors

Emily E. Anderson, MPH, is a fellow in the Institute of Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. She is completing her doctorate degree in health care ethics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.

Lee Black, LLM, is a policy analyst for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. Prior To joining the AMA, he was a staff attorney with the Legislative Reference Bureau in Springfield, where he drafted legislation for the Illinois General Assembly.

Sarah Maitre is a fellow in the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. She will receive her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2007.

Theme issue editor

Justin M. List, MAR, a former fellow at the American Medical Association's Institute for Ethics, is a second-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He received his masters degree with a concentration in ethics from Yale University Divinity School and worked at Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. His academic and personal interests include the intersections between liberation theology and ethics and between social justice and human rights and the impacts of globalization. He recently co-edited the book "Globalization, Women, and Health in the 21st Century."