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 2009, Volume 11, Number 6: 485-486.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Medicine and the Environment: Doing No Harm

Theme Issue Editor

Mitali Banerjee Ruths, MD, is a first-year resident in pediatrics at Texas Childrenís Hospital in Houston. Dr. Ruths received her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


Janet Brown is the director of sustainable operations for Practice Greenhealth, a membership-based nonprofit organization that helps hospitals improve their environmental performance. Ms. Brown is a member of the steering committee of the Green Guide for Health Care and the planning committee of CleanMed.

Kristie L. Ebi, PhD, MPH, is executive director of the Technical Support Unit for Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Ebi has conducted research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change for more than a dozen years, specifically extreme events, thermal stress, food-borne safety and security, and vector-borne diseases. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, and others to implement adaptation measures in low-income countries. She has edited four books on aspects of climate change and has more than 80 publications. Dr. Ebiís scientific training includes a masterís degree in toxicology and masterís and doctorate degrees of public health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jason Gillman, MD, is completing his first year of residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He will do his second year of residency at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, and is considering a fellowship in infectious diseases.

Andrew Jameton, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he teaches and conducts research on global ethical issues in health care and public health, such as equality, the built environment, ecological medicine, and global climate change. He serves on the medical ethics committee, the institutional review board, and the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Dr. Jameton is a cofounder and board member of City Sprouts, a community gardening and sustainability education project in inner-city Omaha.

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 specialized in constitutional and criminal law and legal concerns of indigent individuals.

Steven R. Kirkhorn, MD, MPH, is the medical director for the National Farm Medicine Center/Occupational Health at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. His research interests involve the occupational and environmental health effects of agriculture. He is the editor of the Journal of Agromedicine.

Nancy J. Larson, RS, is the director of the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. She has more than 20 yearsí experience in the environmental and public health arena and previously worked as a nurse.

Amir Miodovnik, MD, is an attending physician in pediatrics and community and preventive medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and a medical doctor for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit of New York State and New Jersey. He received his medical training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency at Northwestern University/Childrenís Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Miodovnik served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years where he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

William J. Rea, MD, is the founder and a director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas. He is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and a past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He is the author of Chemical Sensitivity, Vol. 1-4, Optimum Environments for Optimum Health and Creativity, and coauthor of Your Home, Your Health and Well-Being.

Kristin E. Schleiter, JD, LLM, 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 both her law degree and masters of law in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a contributing writer for the Annals of Health Law.

Gina M. Solomon, MD, MPH, is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship Program, and associate director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the University of California, San Francisco.