Virtual Mentor. February 2010, Volume 12, Number 2: 140-142.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Ethics in Surgical Innovation
Theme Issue Editor
Catherine Frenkel is a third-year medical student at Albany Medical College in New York. She is a member of their Bioethics Scholars Program and edits the medical student newspaper. Catherine has a master's degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts degree in English.
Ankur Aggarwal, MS, a fourth-year MD candidate at Albany Medical College in New York, is taking a year off to conduct research on protein markers in stable and unstable carotid plaques with Albany Medical Centerís Center for Cardiovascular Sciences. He received his masterís degree in business and health administration from Union University in Schenectady. He anticipates graduating in 2011 and hopes to pursue a general surgery residency and a fellowship in vascular surgery.
Robert E. Brolin, MD, is director of bariatric surgery at the University Medical Center in Princeton, New Jersey.
Allen Carl, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and pediatrics at Albany Medical College in New York, where he specializes in the care of spine diseases and disorders. Innovation and new technology development are his special research interests.
Kevin Z. Chao, MD, is a senior resident in neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, and a fellow in Stanfordís Biodesign Program. He is incubating an early-stage surgical technology and identifying product opportunities in pediatric medicine.
Joseph J. Fins, MD, is chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and professor of medicine, public health, and medicine in psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He is an adjunct faculty member and senior attending physician at The Rockefeller University & The Rockefeller University Hospital, also in New York.
Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, is The William Stewart Halsted Professor, chair of the Department of Surgery, and surgeon in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Thomas M. Krummel, MD, professor and chair of surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, is an internationally regarded pioneer in the application of virtual reality, simulation, and performance metrics in surgical education.
Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD, is an associate professor and the co-director of the Harris Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research interests include joint registries, lower limb reconstruction surgery, and national health policy.
Anthony Marchie, MD, MPhil, is a lower limb reconstruction fellow at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research interests include joint registries, lower limb reconstruction surgery, and national health policy.
Angelique M. Reitsma, MD, MA, is a bioethicist and (recovered) surgically inclined physician who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on the ethics of surgical innovation and currently manages a program studying the ethics of mental health.
Daniel J. Riskin, MD, MBA, is an acute care surgeon and health care technology entrepreneur. He has developed four health care products and launched three companies dedicated to improved patient care. He has received awards for his work in innovation from Technology Review, the American Medical Association, and U.S. Trust and has spoken on medical technology innovation at the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Defense Advances Research Project Agency (DARPA), Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.
Charles Rosen, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic spinal surgeon and clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, where he practices and teaches full time. He is the founding director of the UCI Spine Center, the founder of the Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery, and the founder and president of the Association for Medical Ethics (www.EthicalDoctor.org).
Robert M. Sade, MD, is professor of surgery and director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has written several hundred articles, book chapters, and books on cardiothoracic surgery, medical education, biomedical ethics, and health policy. He currently serves as an editor of both the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Philosophy and Medicine , and has edited more than a dozen special symposium issues in peer-reviewed journals on bioethics topics. Dr. Sade currently chairs the ethics committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the standards and ethics committee of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and serves on the ethics committees of both the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. He was a member of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for 7 years, and retired in 2007 as chair of the council.
Bruce Schirmer, MD, is the Stephen H. Watts Professor of Surgery at the University of Virginia Health System.
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.
Fabian von Knoch, MD, is a consultant surgeon in the Hip & Knee Reconstructive Unit of Schulthess Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include joint registries, lower limb reconstruction surgery, and national health policy.
Caitlin E. Weber is a second-year medical student at Albany Medical College. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and biology from the College of William and Mary.
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