AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2009, Volume 11, Number 8: 645-647.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Problematizing the Principle of Autonomy

Theme Issue Editor

Barbara Chubak, MD, is a physician and historian of medicine. Currently a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, she looks forward to beginning a urology residency in 2010.


Megan Alcauskas, MD, is a general neurologist in New York City. She graduated from Columbia Universityís College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was a "Virtual Mentor" theme issue editor in 2006.

Patrick C. Beeman is a fourth-year student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He was a Pellegrino Fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Clinical Bioethics in 2008-2009. He is president of the Catholic Medical Students Association.

Daniel J. Brauner, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, and an assistant director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research centers on historical developments in medical linguistics and decision making with patients with dementia.

Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, is an associate professor in bioethics and humanities and adjunct associate professor in family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is director of graduate studies in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and chief of the Ethics Consultation Service at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Dudzinski co-edited Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us with Paul J. Ford.

Andrew Fagan, PhD, is deputy director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex in England. He specializes in moral and legal philosophy and is interested in analyzing the relationship between moral ideals and their practical application in everyday situations. Dr. Fagan is the editor of Making Sense of Dying & Death and co-editor of Human Rights & Capitalism. He is the author of Human Rights: Confronting Myths & Misunderstandings and is working on another book, The State of Human Rights Atlas.

Richard L. Fernandez, MD, has worked in private practice in internal medicine for the past 21 years and has been the primary care physician investigator on multiple clinical drug trials. Dr. Fernandez has served on Drug Formulary, Chart Review, and Quality Assurance Boards, worked as an emergency room physician, and was director of the largest Humana HMO Center in Miami Dade County.

Malika Haque, MD, is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University and a pediatrician at the Nationwide Childrenís Hospital, Section of Ambulatory and General Pediatrics in Columbus. Dr. Haque serves as the expert advisory panelist for the Joint Commissionís expert advisory panel for culturally competent patient-centered care. She is a member of the ethics committee of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) and of the IMANA Board of Regents.

John Hutter, MD, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is a board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist who received his fellowship training at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hutter served as section chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Arizona for 14 years. Retired from clinical practice, Dr. Hutter is now an active volunteer in several organizations that seek to improve the health and well-being of children.

James L. Klosky, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an assistant member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital in Memphis. In addition to his clinical work in the psychology and After Completion of Treatment (ACT) clinics, he pursues an active research agenda in the area of behaviorally based cancer prevention and control.

Sigurdur Kristinsson, PhD, is a senior lecturer in philosophy and dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. He has also taught at Cornell University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the University of Iceland. Dr. Kristinsson has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters on the concept of autonomy and its various applications, including its relation to informed consent in bioethics.

Ryan E. Lawrence, MDiv, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Catriona Macardle is entering the final year of her medical degree program at the University of Newcastle, England. She received her bachelorís degree in anthropology from the University of Durham, England, and completed a masterís degree in health care ethics and law at the University of Manchester, England. She worked in the Department of Pediatric Emergency Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ms. Macardle wishes to pursue some aspect of child and maternal health.

Hafzah Mueenuddin, JD, is a fellow in the Cleveland Fellowship for Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2007, and is particularly interested in end-of-life decision making and reproductive ethics.

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.

David Segal, PhD, is assistant professor in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He has taught health science courses for over 15 years. His current research focuses on the use of adaptive, collaborative, and synchronous gaming and simulation technologies to improve the learnerís decision-making skills and performance assessment. Dr. Segal has expertise in medical informatics and dynamic visualization programming for online collaboration and decision support.

Rachel Stanley, MD, works as an attending pediatric emergency physician for the University of Michigan Emergency Department in Ann Arbor. She attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, and trained as a pediatrician at the University of Connecticut and as a pediatric emergency physician at the Childrenís Hospital in Boston. Her research interests include randomized control trials of emergency interventions for children and the exception from informed consent.

Ryan C. VanWoerkom is entering his fourth year of medical school at the University of Utah where he has co-written three successful grants. He is currently serving as the student representative to the AMA-Medical Student Section on behalf of the American College of Physicians-Council of Student Members and as chair of the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities. His plans include residency training in internal medicine followed by cardiology training.