AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2008, Volume 10, Number 6: 423-424.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Quality of Life and Geriatric Patients

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Jeanne Lee, MD, is a second-year internal medicine resident at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She received a bachelor of science degree at University of South Alabama and her medical degree at Duke School of Medicine. She plans on practicing hospitalist medicine after her training.


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.

Daniel Callahan, PhD, was a cofounder of The Hastings Center in Garrison, New York, and is now the director of its International Programs. He is the author, most recently, of Medicine and the Market: Equity v. Choice and of the forthcoming book, Taming the Beloved Beast: Medical Technology and Health Care Costs.

Jane P. Gagliardi, MD, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Gagliardi sees patients and teaches residents and medical students on the inpatient psychiatry, general medicine, consultative psychiatry, and combined internal medicine/psychiatry services. She has been a study physician with the Cache County Study on Memory and Health in Aging and is the director of undergraduate medical education in the Department of Medicine at Duke.

Muriel Gillick, MD, is a clinical professor of ambulatory care and prevention at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She practices palliative care and geriatrics with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, also in Boston. Her most recent book is The Denial of Aging: Perpetual Youth, Eternal Life, and Other Dangerous Fantasies ( Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 2006).

Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS, is an assistant professor of medicine and geriatrics, an associate program director in the internal medicine residency training program, and program director for the geriatric medicine fellowship program at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He is the medical director of the Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Clinic at Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and principal investigator on the Duke Geriatric Education Center (GEC) grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration.

Richard Hwang is a sixth-year MD-PhD student at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He is interested in basic science research.

Richard W. Johnson, PhD, is a principal research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where he specializes in health and income security at older ages.

Solomon Liao, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include elder mistreatment and palliative care.

Richard A. Marottoli, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, medical director of the Adler Geriatric Assessment Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital—both in New Haven, Connecticut—and a staff physician at the VA Connecticut Healthcare Center.

Kenneth Prager, MD, is a pulmonologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and clinical professor of medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He is also the director of clinical ethics and chairman of the hospital's medical ethics committee.

Mukaila A. Raji, MD, MSc, is an associate professor and medical director of the Acute Care for Elders unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Raji is a board-certified geriatrician with a master of science degree in pharmacology. His research focuses on cognitive aging, medications, and disability in the elderly. Dr. Raji was the recipient of the 2002-2006 Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the 2006 Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

Philip M. Rosoff, MD, is the director of clinical ethics at Duke University Hospital and a faculty scholar of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He is a member of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in Duke's Department of Pediatrics and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine.