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 2007, Volume 9, Number 11: 782-783.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Issues in Radiology

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Lina Nayak is a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Nayak has published in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the NATO Science Series. She serves on the board of directors for Student Pugwash, the U.S. student affiliate of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and moderated the Health Working Group for their 2007 national conference. Ms. Nayak is also active in medical student government and serves as a representative to the American Association of Medical Colleges.


R. James Brenner, MD, is a professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, and the immediate past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. Dr. Brenner is also the central reviewer for the Allergan MRI studies on silicone implant integrity.

Gretchen Case, PhD, is a University Writing Program Fellow at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and an adjunct lecturer in Northwestern University's Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. She received her doctorate in performance studies from UC Berkeley in 2005. Her interests combine performance, disability studies, cultures of medicine, oral history, and ethnography.

Sami H. Erbay, MD, is an assistant professor of radiology and was the program director for the radiology residency program at Tufts University in Boston, from 2005-2007.

Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, is an associate professor in the Departments of General Internal Medicine and Medical History and Ethics at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests include the disclosure of adverse events and medical errors to patients, interprofessional communication, and transparency in health care. He is currently working on research in team-based error disclosure and communication issues among cancer care physicians involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy at Indiana University. He teaches courses in the ethics of philanthropy and biomedical ethics, and his latest book, We Make a Life by What We Give, will be published by Indiana University Press in late 2007.

Kay Denise Spong Lozano, MD, is a radiologist in private practice with Radiology Imaging Associates in Denver. She has served on the American College of Radiology Ethics Committee since 2002 and is on the Colorado Medical Society Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She initiated radiology representation on the Colorado Physicians' Congress on Health Care Reform and has served the American Medical Association in the Young Physician Section as a delegate or alternate delegate since 2004.

Jeffrey B. Mendel, MD, is the chair of the Department of Radiology at Caritas St. Elizabeth 's Medical Center and is affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine, both in Boston . His major research interests include advanced breast imaging, computer-aided detection for both breast and lung lesions, and CT cardiac imaging.

Toby Schonfeld, PhD, is an associate professor of bioethics in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and courtesy associate professor in the School of Allied Health Professions in the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln. Her professional interests include research ethics, women's issues in health care, ethics education, and Jewish bioethics.

Rebecca Shore is a senior research assistant at the American Medical Association in Chicago. She assists the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs by researching ethics topics of medical interest and developing policy recommendations on those issues.

Wilbur Smith, MD, is the chair of diagnostic radiology, vice chair of academics, and director of the radiology residency program, all at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Abigail Van Kempen is a second-year student at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she is a health law fellow and member of the Health Law Institute student board of directors. She was the fifth DePaul-American Medical Association Law and Medical Ethics Scholar during the summer of 2007. She is interested in the legal and ethical aspects of end-of-life care.