Virtual Mentor. August 2007, Volume 9, Number 8: 591-593.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Language, Culture, and Belief in the Medical Encounter.
Jennifer Blanchard, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). As a faculty member of the Owen Clinic, UCSD's HIV specialty clinic, she cares for patients and families with HIV, many of whom are of Mexican heritage, along with a cohort of patients from East Africa.
Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD, is vice president of research for the Health Research and Educational Trust, the research and educational affiliate of the American Hospital Association, and adjunct associate professor at Northwestern University 's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She is the principal investigator on a number of studies that examine quality of care for diverse populations.
Adel Olshansky, MD, is in her first year of postgraduate medical training at St. Joseph 's Hospital in Phoenix and will begin a neurology residency at the University of Southern California in summer 2008. She graduated from UCLA with a BS in physiologic science and received her medical degree at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Yolanda Partida is director of the national program of Hablamos Juntos, dedicated to eliminating language barriers in health care. The program's national office is at the Center for Medical & Education Research at the University of California, San Francisco 's branch campus in Fresno.
Debra Pierce is project manager of Knowledge Networks at the Health Research and Educational Trust, a research and educational affiliate of the American Hospital Association, in Chicago. The Knowledge Networks include the Center for Health Management Research and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ACTION Network.
Ruby Roy, MD, is a general academic pediatrician who recently joined the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and began teaching medical humanities at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Andres Sciolla, MD, is assistant professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he teaches patient-physician communication to medical students. He sees patients in UCSD's Outpatient Services Clinic and at the Maria Sardinas Center in San Ysidro, California. His research interests include medical and psychological outcomes of adult survivors of childhood trauma.
Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, is associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and is director of the Pediatrics Clerkship Program. She is especially interested in curriculum development and cultural competency in pediatrics.
Mara Youdelman, JD, LLM, is director of the National Language Access Advocacy Project, funded by The California Endowment, to increase awareness of language access issues at the federal level. She coordinates a national coalition to develop a consensus-driven agenda to improve policies and funding for individuals with limited English proficiency. She has worked at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) since 2000 on problems associated with Medicaid, language access, racial, and ethnic disparities, data collection, and immigrants' issues.
Maria Luisa Zuniga, PhD, is an assistant professor and epidemiologist in the Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD) and is also affiliated with the UCSD Division of Community Pediatrics and San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. She specializes in behavioral health and access to care in Latino populations living with HIV, particularly those living in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Allison Grady is a senior research assistant and assistant editor of Virtual Mentor at the American Medical Association in Chicago.
Megan Johnson is a research assistant at the Institute for Ethics in the American Medical Association in Chicago. She assists with the Ethical Force program, an effort to develop performance measures for ethical behavior across the health care system. She is pursuing her masters degree in communicationat DePaul University in Chicago.
Abigail Van Kempen is the fifth DePaul-American Medical Association Law and Medical Ethics Scholar. She recently completed her first year at DePaul University College of Law, where she is a health law fellow and member of the Health Law Institute student board of directors. She is interested in the legal and ethical aspects of end-of-life care. Abigail graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in 2006 with a BA in political science and psychology.
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, is the director of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Dr. Wynia practices internal and infectious diseases medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine.
Theme Issue Editor
Robert Deiss, MD, graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Before starting a residency in internal medicine, he is pursuing cross-border research in tuberculosis epidemiology as a post-doctoral fellow at the Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine at UCSD. He has a master of arts degree in international relations from the University of Southern California. Dr. Deiss's research interests include international and cross-cultural medicine, infectious disease epidemiology, and medical education. He has published and presented original research on pharmaceutical patents in Africa, HIV/STI risk behaviors, and injection drug use.
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