AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2009, Volume 11, Number 5: 420-422.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Specialty Choice and Business Decisions in Medicine

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Nathaniel J. Brown is a student in the MD/PhD program at Saint Louis University. He has completed the first 2 years of medical school and is pursuing a doctorate in the Department of Health Care Ethics, where he is writing a dissertation on conscientious objection in medicine. Mr. Brown’s interests include business ethics in medicine, and he is affiliated with the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University.

Jeffrey M. Dueker, MPH, is a first-year medical student at Saint Louis University. He completed his master’s in public health degree at Saint Louis University and was a research assistant in the Department of Health Care Ethics. He was the first coordinator for the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics and remains affiliated with the center. His research interests include ethics, patient safety, and public health.


Keisa Bennett, MD, MPH, is a faculty development fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the primary care policy fellow at the Robert Graham Center—the policy research arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and College of Public Health. She completed her residency at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Massachusetts, and is board certified in family medicine.

Lionel Bercovitch, MD, is a clinical professor of dermatology at Alpert Medical School at Brown University and a pediatric dermatologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, all in Providence. He is the leader of “Dermatoethics,” a resident seminar in bioethics in dermatology, and is medical director of PXE International, an advocacy organization for the rare disease pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

Laurel C. Blakemore, MD, is chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with expertise in pediatric spine surgery. She specializes in treating children with scoliosis and spinal deformities, as well as in adolescent sports medicine and pediatric trauma. Dr. Blakemore has served on many national committees for the Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has published numerous articles and book chapters. She was selected as an AAOS leadership fellow in 2004 and hosted the SRS International Travelling Fellows.

Allison Carmichael is a second-year medical student at Saint Louis University. She graduated from Washington University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and minors in writing and film studies. Her interests include journalism and nutrition.

David Y. Chen is a sixth-year MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in the Medical Scientist Training Program in St. Louis, pursuing a doctorate in molecular cell biology. He was a former student fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Washington University and served on the ethics nights planning committee and the ethics education committee.

E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. His research interests lie at the intersection of medicine and society.

E. Richard Dorsey, MD, MBA, is president of Telepsychiatry, Inc., in Newport Beach, California, and a retired medical director of the Riverside County, California Department of Mental Health.

John A. Dorsey, MD, MBA, is the director of Project Horseshoe Farm, a nonprofit, community-based service and leadership-development initiative in Greensboro, Alabama, which helps children and mentally disabled adults and trains prospective community-based service leaders.

James M. DuBois, PhD, DSc, is the Hubert Mader Professor and chair of the Department of Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University and adjunct professor of medicine in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He directs the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics and is principal investigator on a multiyear study of the environmental predictors of “ethical disasters” in medical practice and research. His book, Ethics in Mental Health Research, addresses conflicts of interest in research, among other topics.

John G. Halvorsen, MD, MS, is the Thomas and Ellen Foster Chair and professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an associate dean for community health at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. His interests include professionalism in medicine, leadership in academic systems, community and population health, family systems, and health care systems.

Sundeep Jayaprabhu, MD, is a practicing psychiatrist in St. Louis. He attended medical school at Texas A&M University in College Station, and residency at Saint Louis University. Dr. Jayaprabhu has completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and is interested in the integration of existentialism with the practice of psychiatry.

Cheryl Miller, JD, is an associate attorney at Lebow, Malecki & Tasch, LLC, in Chicago. Ms. Miller counsels a variety of companies on general and corporate governance matters and compliance with health care regulations.

Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. She completed her medical and public health education and residency training in family medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her professional interests include medical student career choices, medical student debt, the physician workforce, and innovations in medical education.

Jeffrey Reagan, MD, graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and is a second-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Saint Louis University.

Daniel N. Robinson, PhD, is a member of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University, England, and a professor emeritus at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Consciousness and Mental Life.

Bridget Teevan, MS, is a research coordinator at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, D.C. She received a master’s degree in international studies from North Carolina State University and a graduate certificate in field epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.