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 2007, Volume 9, Number 5: 401-403.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Beginning and End-of-Life Issues.

Peter A. Clark, SJ, PhD, is a professor of theology and health administration and director of the Institute of Catholic Bioethics at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He is also a bioethicist for the Mercy Health System in Philadelphia. Father Clark is author of To Treat or Not To Treat: The Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick, S.J. as Applied to Treatment Decision for Handicapped Newborns and numerous articles on medicine and ethics.

Daniel Dilling, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where he also practices pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is interested in patient-family interactions in the ICU and lung transplantation.

Luke Dysinger, OSB, MD, is a Roman Catholic Benedictine priest and family practitioner. He is an assistant professor of moral theology at Saint John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. Father Dysinger earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California. He joined the Benedictine Order in 1980 and completed his studies for ordination and his doctorate in theology at Oxford University.

Ron Hamel, PhD, s the senior director of ethicsat the Catholic Health Association of the United States in St. Louis.He holds a doctorate in Catholic moral theology from Fordham University,and is the author of numerous articles on health care ethics and the editor of several books, including Artificial Nutrition & Hydration and the Permanently Unconscious Patient: The Catholic Debate (with James J. Walter, PhD, Georgetown University Press; November 2007).

Eran Klein, MD, PhD, will complete his neurology residency at Oregon Health and Science University as chief resident in 2008. He received his medical degree and a doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Nicholas J. Kockler, MS, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor at The Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He teaches several courses in bioethics, including Theological Issues in Bioethics; Topics in Bioethics: genetic medicine, clinical bioethics and religious traditions; and Social Justice and Bioethics. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Kockler serves as a clinical bioethicist for a Catholic medical center in Los Angeles.

Kenneth Craig Micetich, MD, is a professor of medicine in the division of hematology-oncology at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Micetich is chair of the Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects at Loyola University Medical Center, where he is also ethics committee associate chief for the ethics consultation service.

Thomas A. Nairn, OFM, PhD, is a Franciscan priest and the Erica and Harry John Professor of Catholic Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, and director of its Health Care Mission Leadership Program.

John O'Callaghan, SJ, STD, is a Jesuit priest currently serving as senior chaplain at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He received a doctorate of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Besides teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago, he has also served in various administrative capacities in the Jesuit Order.

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is the graduate program director of an online master's program in bioethics and has taught courses on biomedical ethics and the law and justice and health care. He is a co-editor (with Myles N. Sheehan) of Healing as Vocation: A Medical Professionalism Primer (Rowman and Littlefield).

Thomas A. Shannon, PhD, is professor emeritus of religion and social ethics in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Professor Shannon also holds the Paul McKeever Chair of Moral Theology at St. John's University in Queens, New York and in the spring 2006 semester he was the Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Professor Shannon is the author, co-author or editor of over 35 books and 40 articles in bioethics and Roman Catholic social justice.

Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, is the senior associate dean for education programs, the Ralph P. Leischner Professor of Medical Education and the director for the Leischner Institute for Medical Education, all at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Jennifer K. Walter is graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine in May 2007 after completing an MD and a PhD in philosophy. She will begin her residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago in July 2007. She is also co-editor of The Story of Bioethics: From Seminal Works to Contemporary Explorations, published by Georgetown University Press.

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Robert J. Walter, DHCE, is a third-year student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in healthcare ethics from Duquesne University and his current research interests include religion and ethics and medical education. A recipient of the United States Army health professions scholarship, he plans on pursuing a military residency in internal medicine.