AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2008, Volume 10, Number 12:843-845.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Hospitalists and Patient Care


Elmer Abbo, MD, JD, is an assistant professor of medicine, hospitalist, and inpatient flow director for general medicine at the University of Chicago. He received both his medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago and was an internal medicine resident at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abbo’s academic interests include health system management, the efficient use and allocation of medical resources, and palliative care.

Dawn Brezina, MD, is a member of the Duke University clinical faculty and Hospitalist Program at Durham Regional Hospital, Duke University Health System in North Carolina. She received a medical degree from the University of Miami Miller Medical School and is ABIM board certified in internal medicine. Her areas of interest include pre-operative and peri-operative management and pre-operative clinic.

Robert M. Centor, MD, is the associate dean of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He spent 22 years as a division chief of general internal medicine. For 5 months each year he is an attending physician, supervising students, interns, and residents in a VA hospital and community teaching hospital.

Erin A. Egan, MD, JD, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, a faculty associate with the Center for Bioethics at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), and a visiting lecturer at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. She is the ethics committee chair for the Society for Hospital Medicine, and she serves on the ethics consultation subcommittee, the ethics committee, and the organizational ethics committee at UCD, is the director of quality improvement for the Hospital Medicine Group, and the program director for the Holocaust in Contemporary Bioethics Program.

Mary Ehlenbach, MD, is a pediatric hospitalist at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Her research interests include the care of medically complex children, family-centered care, and teaching medical students and residents.

Laura L. Kimberly, MSW, MBE, is director of special projects for health policy at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Louise P. King, MD, JD, is a third-year resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, in obstetrics and gynecology. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. King practiced law that specialized in constitutional, criminal, and indigent legal matters.

Joseph Ming Wah Li, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, director of the hospital medicine program, and associate chief for the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Li is a charter member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and an elected member of its board of directors. He was the 2005 recipient of the SHM Outstanding Service to Hospital Medicine Award and was named 2008 Top Hospitalist by the American College of Physicians.

Marc B. Royo is a third-year student at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Alexandria Skoufalos, EdD, is vice chair for education and assistant professor for health policy at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth C. Verna, MD, is a fellow in gastroenterology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Medical Center internal medicine residency program, where she spent one year teaching medical students and residents as the internal medicine chief resident. Dr. Verna conducts clinical research with Columbia's Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation and looks forward to a career as a transplant hepatologist.

C. Edward Wells, MD, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He maintains a private practice in Plano, Texas. His research interests include thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus, and first-trimester complications of pregnancy.

George D. Wendel Jr., MD, is a professor and residency program director of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist with research interests in clinical obstetrics and sexually transmitted diseases.

Chloe White has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of San Diego and is currently enrolled in the Bioethics and Health Policy graduate program at Loyola University Chicago. She is working as an intern for the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, where she researches and analyzes information to support the council’s ongoing projects. Her interests include end-of-life care and stem cell research.

Jeffrey G. Wiese, MD, is an associate professor and the associate dean for graduate medical education at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He is also vice chairman of medicine, chief of the charity medical service, and director of the Tulane internal medicine program. Dr. Wiese serves on the board of directors for the Society of Hospital Medicine and Council for the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.