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 2009, Volume 11, Number 3: 272-274.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Difficult Patient-Physician Encounters

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Anji Wall is in the fifth year of her combined MD/PhD program at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Her doctorate will be in health care ethics. Ms Wallís interests include research ethics and clinical ethics, particularly temporary medical volunteer work in developing countries.


David Anthony, MD, MSc, is an assistant professor of family medicine and the director of the Family Medicine Clerkship at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His interests include quality of care at hospital discharge, statistics in primary care, and electronic solutions to the model family practice.

Ryan Blum is a second-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine.

Howard A. Brody, MD, PhD, is director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the John P. McGovern Centennial Chair in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is author of The Future of Bioethics.

Chris Brooks, MD, is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and an assistant director for the emergency medicine residency program at that institution. He serves on the hospital ethics committee, ethics consultation subcommittee, and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicineís ethics committee. His area of interest is clinical ethics and professionalism for emergency-medicine trainees.

Courtenay R. Bruce, JD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics program. Her research interests include pediatric and surgical ethics.

Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, is the assistant dean for academic affairs and instructor of health law at Saint Louis University School of Law in Missouri. Prior to entering law school, she practiced nursing for 10 years, first in a neurosurgical and organ transplant intensive care unit, and later as a neurosurgical clinical and research nurse at an academic medical center. She serves on the Biomedical Institutional Review Board and is currently pursuing her PhD in health care ethics. Her research interests include the intersection of ethics, law, and policy in the treatment of individuals with neurocognitive and psychiatric disabilities, chronic intractable pain, and those with programmable implanted neuromodulation devices.

Anne Lederman Flamm, JD, is an associate in the Bioethics Department at the Cleveland Clinic. She spent 7 years as a clinical ethicist at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and is currently developing a research program on ethics and cancer.

Scott B. Grant has completed his third year of medical school at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University as part of the Brown-Dartmouth Medical School program. He is pursuing a masters of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and plans to do a residency in general surgery. His research interests include medical error and apology, surgical robotics, bariatric surgery, polytrauma, and mangled extremity syndrome.

D. Micah Hester, PhD, is an associate professor of medical humanities and pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a clinical ethicist at Arkansas Childrenís Hospital in Little Rock. He has published books and articles on subjects from professional patient relationships to organ procurement and end-of-life care. Dr. Hester coordinates the national Pediatric Ethics Consortium.

Arno K. Kumagai, MD, is an associate professor of internal medicine and medical education and the director of the Family Centered Experience program and Longitudinal Case Studies course at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is also the director of the Intensive Insulin Therapy Clinic at the University of Michigan Diabetes Center and has clinical and research interests in management of type 1 diabetes, narrative medicine, multicultural education, and the patient-doctor relationship.

Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MA, is a senior medical resident at Duke University Medical Center and a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, where he also earned a masterís degree in philosophy, focusing on medical ethics. He will begin fellowship training in medical oncology in July 2009. Dr. LeBlancís career interests include palliative care, oncology, medical ethics, medical education, and literature in medicine.

Benjamin Levi, MD, PhD, is a philosopher and practicing general pediatrician at the Penn State Childrenís Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. His work in bioethics focuses on patient autonomy, ethics education, suspicion (in the context of child abuse), and ethical issues concerning childhood vaccination.

Philip M. Rosoff, MD, MA, is the director of clinical ethics at Duke University Hospital and a faculty scholar in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Rosoff is a professor of pediatrics (oncology) and medicine.

Kristin E. Schleiter, JD, is a senior research associate for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association in Chicago. She analyzes ethics policy and law and assists in the development and dissemination of ethics policy and related educational material. Ms Schleiter received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a contributing writer for the Annals of Health Law. She is working toward completion of an LLM in health law.