AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2008, Volume 10, Number 1: 76-78.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Issues in Diagnosing and Treating Addiction

Theme Issue Editor

Allison Grady, is a senior research assistant and an editor of Virtual Mentor at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Prior to her position at the AMA she served as the volunteer and special projects coordinator at the Middlesex United Way in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a 2003 graduate of Smith College and is preparing to pursuing a master's degree in nursing.


Jay M. Baruch, MD,is an emergency physician and director of the ethics curriculum at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His first book of short fiction, Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers, was published in 2007 by The Kent State University Press.

Michael Brody, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Potomac, Maryland. He is the chair of the Television and Media Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also teaches a course entitled Children and the Media at the University of Maryland and is liaison to The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Media and Communications.

Jorie Epstein is completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and is a research assistant in ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago.

William J. Filstead, PhD, is director of iSTEP (Innovative Strategies for Transforming the Education of Physicians), a medical education research collaborative of the American Medical Association in Chicago.

Susan Hayashi, PhD, is vice president of JBS International, Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland, and project director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Primary Care Physicians Outreach Project, of which the NIDA Centers of Excellence for Physician Information is a part.

Laura D. Hermer, JD, LLM, is an assistant professor of health policy and bioethics in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is interested in chronic pain management, pain and its interface with abuse and addiction, and symptom management and palliative care for people with cancer.

Hans Madueme, MD, MDiv, completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and is now a PhD student in theological studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Bannockburn, Illinois. He works part time as a research analyst for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and is also a research fellow for the Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

Steven D. Passik, PhD, is the associate attending psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College. In 2007 he was awarded a MayDay Fund Pain & Society Fellowship, given the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Visiting Professor Award, and the American Psycho-Oncology Excellence in Clinical Care Award. In 2008 Dr. Passik will receive the Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements.

Kristin Pulatie is a third-year student at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She is a health law fellow and an associate editor for the Women's Law Caucus journal. In 2007 she founded the DePaul chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She is interested in legal aspects of reproductive health care and is a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Chicago.

Swathi Reddy is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago where she is majoring in biological sciences and political science. She is also an intern for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Her primary research interest is the interplay between socioeconomic conditions and health, and she hopes to pursue a career in medicine along with public policy.

Jennifer Reenan, MD, is a senior research associate in ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, and project coordinator of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Centers of Excellence.

Carol R. Schermer, MD, MPH, is a trauma surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. She is the chair of the injury prevention and control committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Her primary area of research is the effectiveness of brief interventions for alcohol use disorders to decrease injury recidivism.

Bonnie B. Wilford, MS, is director of the Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research at JBS International Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is former director of the Department of Substance Abuse and former acting director of the Division of Clinical Science at the American Medical Association in Chicago.

Patrick B. Wood, MD, is chief medical officer at Angler Biomedical Technologies, LLC. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

Richard A. Yoast, MA, PhD, is the director of the American Medical Association office of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention in the Division of Healthy Lifestyles in Chicago. Dr. Yoast's work focuses on changing public policy and increasing physician screening and intervention in patient smoking and excessive alcohol use.