AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2010, Volume 12, Number 12: 965-966.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Issues in Ophthalmology

Theme Issue Editor

Ashvini K. Reddy, MD, is a resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her interests include pediatric eye disease, public health, and medical ethics.


Penny A. Asbell, MD, MBA, is a professor of ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she is director of the cornea and refractive services division. Her research uses basic, translational, and clinical research approaches to explore new treatments for corneal disease and new devices to correct refractive errors. She is an active lecturer worldwide.

Yvonne M. Buys, MD, is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Toronto and the co-director of the Glaucoma Unit at the University Health Network. She is the immediate past president of the Canadian Glaucoma Society, glaucoma section editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, and treasurer and board member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.

Brad Feldman, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained cornea specialist who works with the Philadelphia Eye Associates and serves on two teaching services at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He is the deputy editor in chief of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeWiki and chairman of the academy’s young ophthalmologist international subcommittee.

Michael O. Hughes, BCO, is a board-certified ocularist who began working in prosthetics in 1982. He is the principal ocularist at the University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology and maintains offices in Vienna, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia. Mr. Hughes is the senior editor of the Journal of Ophthalmic Prosthetics, the official journal of the American Society of Ocularists; he has been on its editorial board for more than 12 years.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, a member of a private practice specializing in retinal diseases, and a participant in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.

Andrew G. Lee, MD, is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and professor of ophthalmology in neurology and neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Dr. Lee serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, and Eye, and he has published seven textbooks. Dr. Lee has a special interest in the ACGME competencies in ophthalmology.

Kiran Motaparthi, MD, is a resident in dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he received his medical degree. His areas of interest include medical and cosmetic dermatology.

Thomas A. Oetting, MD, is a professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he has been on the faculty for the past 13 years. He is the ophthalmology residency program director and chief of the Iowa City VA Eye Clinic.

Usha S. Rao, MD, is a third-year ophthalmology resident at Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, Texas. She is pursuing a fellowship in glaucoma and plans to have a career in an academic environment, where she can participate in the education of residents and fellows.

Kristin E. Schleiter, JD, LLM, is a state government affairs analyst for the American Academy of Pediatrics in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She analyzes the impact of state health care legislation and provides strategic guidance for the pediatric medical community in its ongoing advocacy efforts. Prior to working for the AAP, Ms. Schleiter worked for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association. Ms. Schleiter received both her law degree and master’s of law in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a contributing writer for the Annals of Health Law.

Paul G. Steinkuller, MD, is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine and a pediatric ophthalmologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He is a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Harris County Medical Society, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He wanted to be a pilot, but myopia forced him into medical school and he found he enjoyed it; he likes children, puppies, small mammals, medical students, and residents.