AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2010, Volume 12, Number 1: 64-65.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Nurses and the Medical Team

Theme Issue Editor

Elena M. Yates received her BS in biology from the University of Dallas in 2006 with a concentration in Spanish. She is in her third year as an MD/PhD dual degree student at Saint Louis University (SLU). Her doctorate will be in health care ethics. She works as the research assistant and coordinator of SLUís Bander Center of Medical Business Ethics.


Erin L. Bakanas, MD, is an associate professor of internal medicine and associate director of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She teaches medical ethics to medical students and residents and serves as chair of the St. Louis University Hospital Ethics Committee. She works in a busy general internal medicine practice where she enjoys collaborating with two advanced practice registered nurses.

Michael Bui, MD, completed his internal medicine and cardiology fellowship at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. His clinical interests include electrophysiology, coronary angiography, and echocardiographic-assisted optimization of biventricular cardiac devices. He is an avid guitarist and songwriter, as well as a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.

Lisa K. Cannada, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Saint. Louis University.

Allison L. Grady is a first-year specialty student at the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut. Upon graduation in 2011, Allison will have completed the necessary course work to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, and she will hold a master's degree in nursing. In the summer of 2009 she interned at the Yale Center for Bioethics, where her research focused on communication with children whose siblings have chronic or terminal diseases. Prior to matriculation at Yale, Allison worked as an editor for Virtual Mentor. She hopes to focus her practice on chronically and terminally ill children.

Becket Gremmels is the director of the Ethics Department at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN, which is a part of Saint Thomas Health Services. He is also a graduate student at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint. Louis University.

Ann B. Hamric, PhD, RN, is a professor of nursing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine and heads the moral distress consultation service in the UVA Health System.

Krishna Lynch, RN, MJ, CPHRM, is the director of risk management resources for the American Society for Health Care Risk Management of the American Hospital Association in Chicago. She has nearly 15 years of experience in health care, including nursing, risk management, and corporate compliance. She is an Illinois Registered Professional Nurse and has a master of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Rita F. Morris, RN, MJ, is the director of quality management for Provena St. Maryís Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, which is a ministry within the Provena Health System. She is an Illinois Registered Professional Nurse and received her master of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, is senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center and adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Susan Schrand, MSN, CRNP, has been a nurse since 1990. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her masterís degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1999 with a certification in family health. She has served two terms as the Pennsylvania state representative to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is currently the full-time executive director for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Meghan Tinning majored in English at the University of Dallas. She currently teaches literature and composition at the high school level in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, is the senior vice president of research and business analytics for Versant, an organization that provides hospitals with RN residency programs to facilitate the successful transition of new graduate nurses into the professional nurse role. Dr. Ulrich also serves as the editor of the Nephrology Nursing Journal, the professional journal of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association. Dr. Ulrich has been the co-investigator on several national nursing workforce and work environment studies and the principal investigator on studies to define respect in nursing and understand the experience of new graduate nurses as they enter the workforce.

Randy Wexler, MD, MPH, is assistant professor of clinical family medicine at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He has research interests in cardiovascular care and improving cardiovascular care in the African American community. He has also been a health policy advisor to Congress via his local representative.