AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2008, Volume 10, Number 9: 608-610.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Issues in Sleep Medicine

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Meredith Broderick, MD, joined the faculty at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center as assistant professor in the Department of Neurology in August 2008. Dr. Broderick completed her residency training in neurology at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center and a fellowship in sleep medicine at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in Palo Alto, California. Her interests include behavioral sleep medicine and raising awareness about sleep disorders.


Dennis Auckley, MD, is the director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is the program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program at MetroHealth Medical Center and an associate program director of the Case Sleep Fellowship Program. Dr. Auckley also serves as a sleep expert on the Netwellness consumer health information web site, where he educates the public about sleep and sleep disorders. He is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows.

William P. Cheshire Jr., MD, is an associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also the consultant on neuroethics for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

Michel A. Cramer Bornemann, MD, is the lead investigator of the Sleep Forensics Associates at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurology and Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a faculty instructor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota Graduate School, in Twin Cities. His ongoing research projects in the field of sleep disorders have received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota, and the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries.

Eric Frenette, MD, is a fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians in neurology. After nearly 15 years in the practice of clinical neurology, he decided to pursue his interest in sleep medicine and its neurophysiological basis. He is currently a clinical instructor at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in Palo Alto, California.

Christian J. Krautkramer, MPH, completed a masterís degree in public health at Boston University in May 2008 and entered law school in September 2008. From 2003 until 2006 he was a senior research assistant at the American Medical Association in Chicago.

Steve Kroll-Smith, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, editor of Sociological Inquiry, and a notoriously poor sleeper. His latest book with Valerie Gunter, entitled Volatile Places, A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies, was nominated for a 2008 American Sociological Association book award. His work on human-made hazards was recognized by the American Sociological Associationís Distinguished Contribution Award for research on environments and technologies.

Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Center for Sleep Research in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Kushida directs several NIH- and industry-sponsored research studies, focused on topics such as the physical features and neurocognitive changes associated with the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, the epidemiology and treatment of restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder, primary care sleep education and training, and countermeasures for sleep loss.

Robert Meadows, LLB, MA, is a lecturer in sociology and research manager of the SomnIA project at the University of Surrey in the U.K. He has been involved with sleep research since 1999 and has particular interests in couples' sleep and men's understandings of sleep. He was a member of the British Sleep Society Executive Committee from 2003 to 2006 and has published in journals such as Journal of Sleep Research, Sociological Review and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Christopher M. Miller, MD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in sleep medicine, neurobiology, and epidemiology Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Medical Center.

Kingman P. Strohl, MD, is a professor of medicine, anatomy, and oncology and the director of the Center for Sleep Disorders Research, Case Western Reserve University/Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland.

Shannon Sullivan, MD, is a sleep physician at Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic in Palo Alto, California. She is also a pediatric pulmonologist and received her medical training at Stanford Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, and University of Michigan Medical School. Her interests include respiratory physiology, cystic fibrosis, and sleep disorders associated with neurological disease.

Nitun Verma, MD, MBA, is an adult and pediatric sleep medicine fellow at Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in Palo Alto, California. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University and received an MD/MBA from Tufts University.