Virtual Mentor. March 2007, Volume 9, Number 3: 253-256.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Media Influence on the Practice of Medicine.
Sanjay Arora, MD, is a clinical instructor of emergency medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. His current research interests are in emergency ultrasound and procedural sedation.
Maurice Bernstein, MD, teaches an introduction to clinical medicine course to first-year and second-year medical students at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He also maintains the Bioethics Discussion Blog.
Rajiv Bhuta is a junior in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His minor is global health, and he serves on the university's Student Health Advisory Committee. His primary research interest is how the media can augment public health.
Richard D'Amico, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and the medical director of the Plastic Surgery Skin Care Center in Englewood, New Jersey. He is president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
M. Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and chief of the Section of Injury Prevention at the Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.
Robert Gellman, JD, is a privacy and information policy consultant in Washington, D.C., and formerly served as chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Government Information in the House of Representatives.
Kevin Goodman is a fourth-year student in the University of Rochester's doctoral Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. In the fall of 2006 he taught a course on television medical dramas in the Division of Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester's School of Medicine. His dissertation is on representations of trauma in film.
William Heisel is an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to the Times, he specialized in health care investigations for the Orange County Register where he wrote about problems with the California Medical Board, doping in Olympic sports and the fast growing market for human body parts. He has worked on two projects that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize—a report card on the hospitals in Orange County and a series about how dirty manufacturing practices and government inaction put thousands of children at risk for lead poisoning from tainted candy.
Namrata Kotwani is a fellow in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
William R. Leonard, PhD, is professor and chair of anthropology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is director of Northwestern's Global Health Studies Program and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine. His research interests are in human nutrition and international health. He has ongoing research projects exploring the effects of social and economic change on health and nutritional status of indigenous populations of Bolivia and Siberia (Russia).
Catherine A. Marco, MD, is a clinical professor at the University of Toledo and attending physician at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is the president of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and she has served on the ACEP Ethics Committee since 1997, chairing it from 2001-2004.
Scott F. Morrison, MD, is a full-time family physician practicing in southern Illinois. He is interested in the representation of medicine in the media, particularly in movies, television and comic books. His Web site, Polite Dissent, takes a daily look at the intersection between pop culture and medicine.
Joel Ornelas is a second-year medical student at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He is interested in international medicine and is involved in research dealing with the infection of neurons by the herpes virus.
Robert Rey, MD, MPP, stars in the E! television series Dr. 90210. Dr. Rey specializes in minimal scar plastic surgery, endoscopic, fiberoptic and laser techniques. He served in the office of the United States Surgeon General as a health policy speech writer for Dr. C. Everett Koop.
Rod J. Rohrich, MD, is professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, and Warren and Betty Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is the recipient of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. He is also the editor-in-chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Raquel M. Schears, MD, MPH, is a Mayo Clinic staff physician and works in Rochester, Minnesota, as an emergency medicine clinician. She has career interests in contemporary bioethics and the intersection of public health duty and medical service expectations in an urgent setting. Dr. Schears is chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and participates as an active member of the Ethics Committee for the American College of Emergency Medicine. She also directs the Transplant Ethics Advisory Board and has served on the Institutional Review Board for the Mayo Foundation.
Gary Schwitzer is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and director of the School's health journalism graduate program. He had a 30-year career in health journalism prior to his transition to academia, including 15 years in television news during which he served as head of the CNN Medical News unit. He is now the publisher of HealthNewsReview.org.
Vidya Sharma, MBBS, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and is a staff pediatrician at the Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.
Leroy Sievers has been a journalist for more than 25 years. He covered wars in Rwanda, Somalia, Kosovo, Central America and many other countries. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was an embedded journalist with Ted Koppel in the 3rd Infantry Division. After leaving Nightline, Mr. Sievers was a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and traveled to Africa for Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition and writes a daily blog for NPR.
Daniel Sullivan, MDiv, is the managing editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Prior to working with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he was the managing editor of Neurosurgery.
Joseph Turow, PhD, is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and associate dean for graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication in Philadelphia. His newest book explores the social implications of database marketing in the fragmented media environment.
Judith Turow, MD, is a pediatrician in the Philadelphia offices of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Lee Black, LLM, is a senior research associate for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago. 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.
Theme issue editor
Neil Parikh is a second-year medical student at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He is enthusiastic about the intersection of journalism with medicine and has been a medical intern/reporter for the Orange County Register and with the CNN medical unit. His research interests include the cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect medicine. He has worked extensively with a health advocacy group to break down language barriers in hospitals and most recently conducted clinical research in Mumbai, India, investigating the obstacles preventing HIV patients from receiving medication.
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