AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2009, Volume 11, Number 7: 563-564.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Medicine in the Era of Globalization

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Tanyaporn Wansom, MD, MPP, graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and started a residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in June 2009. During medical school, she served as the national chair of the American Medical Student Association’s Committee on Global Health and spent over 2 years in Thailand as a Fulbright and Fogarty/NIH Clinical Research Scholar working with and advocating for marginalized populations such as injection drug users and commercial sex workers. Dr. Wansom received her bachelor’s degree with high honors from Swarthmore College with degrees in Chinese studies and biology in 2002. She envisions a career combining global health policy with clinical research and practice in infectious diseases.


Frank W. J. Anderson, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor and director of global initiatives in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. Dr. Anderson holds a joint appointment in health behavior/health education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His focus is on the reduction of maternal mortality worldwide.

Brook K. Baker, JD, is a professor at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and participates in its program on human rights and the global economy. Mr. Baker is a board co-chair and policy analyst for the Health Global Access Project and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. He writes and consults on intellectual property rights, trade, health financing, access to medicines, and macroeconomic constraints to health system strengthening.

Scott Barnhart, MD, MPH, is a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya, JD, MPH, LLM, is an assistant professor of health law and policy at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, and an assistant professor of medical jurisprudence at Southern Illinois University School of Law. Mr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on women’s health and sexuality, global health law, and the intersection of health policy, culture, and medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at SIU, he interned for Chairman Henry Waxman in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and was a global health law fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark Boyd, MD, FRACP, works at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the University of New South Wales, where he leads the development of collaborative research projects for implementation in the centre’s international clinical research network. From 2000 to 2004 he worked in Bangkok, Thailand, leading clinical research projects at the HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT) and submitted a postgraduate thesis based on his work there.

Jennifer Cohn, MD, is an instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is also the director of the Global Health Program for the internal medicine residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cohn’s work focuses on the global health workforce crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

William Greenough, MD, is a professor of medicine and international health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He works in long-term care in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, focusing on patients who require prolonged ventilator support, dialysis, and hydration. Dr. Greenough has worked in Bangladesh for many years helping to develop oral rehydration therapy for diarrheal diseases that are endemic in the long-term care population.

Stephen C. Morris, MD, is a clinical instructor in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in emergency medicine at Harvard. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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.

Sheldon Watts, PhD, is a medical historian. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, among other U.S. universities, the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and the American University in Cairo. Dr. Watts is the author of Epidemic and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism and Disease Medicine in World History, and he is currently writing a book on cholera, contagion, and science in Britain and India.

Gavin Yamey, MD, MA, is senior editor of PLoS Medicine and consulting editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases in San Francisco. He is employed by PLoS, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make the world’s biomedical literature a freely available public resource.