AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2008, Volume 10, Number 3: 187-188.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Medicine and Personhood

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Jennifer Kasten, MSc, is a third-year student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She received a master's degree in the history of medicine from Oxford, and another master's degree in the control of infectious disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she held a Marshall Scholarship. Ms. Kasten is interested in the history and philosophy of medicine, religion and bioethics, pediatric surgery, and tropical medicine. She hopes to prove that surgeons, too, can ask interesting questions about the world.


Lee Black, JD, 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.

Sean M. Blitzstein, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, where he supervises medical students and residents. He is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and the director of the psychiatry clerkship and course director for psychopathology.

J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance and an associate director of Physician Health Services (a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Medical Society) in Boston. He also teaches medical ethics to fourth-year psychiatry residents at Cambridge Health Alliance. He writes about health care justice and humanistic aspects of medicine for both lay and academic audiences.

Kristi L. Kirschner, MD, is an attending physician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of medical humanities and bioethics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also the medical director for the Health Resource Center for Women with Disabilities at RIC and the director of the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program.

James Lake, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with a full-time private practice in integrative psychiatry and a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He is the chair of the American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine. He is also the author of the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care (Thieme Medical, 2006).

Sneha Mantri is a first-year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on literary depictions of the physician-patient power relationship in the Enlightenment and hopes to explore this subject in greater detail later in her career.

Michael A. Norko, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry in the Law and Psychiatry Division of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also director of forensic services for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and deputy editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Raymond Raad is a fourth-year medical student at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a first-year student at the Mailman School of Public Health, also at Columbia. He is interested in the theoretical foundations of medical ethics.

Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, MD, PhD, is a family physician and bioethicist. He earned his PhD in bioethics from the University of Manchester, U.K., in 1999. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Medical Research at National Taiwan University Hospital. Dr. Tsai is the deputy director of the Center for Ethics, Law and Society in Biomedicine & Technology at National Taiwan University.