AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2011, Volume 13, Number 2: 136-138.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Challenges in Community-Based Research

Theme Issue Editor

Kenshata Watkins is a second-year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a BSEd in Exercise Science/Pre-Exercise Physiology. Medicine and creative writing are her life passions. Kenshata plans on pursuing a career in social medicine, a goal that stems from experiences she had working with the HIV/AIDS and homeless communities in Washington, D.C., after college. Her other career interests include medical education, research, ethics, and understanding patients through the medical humanities.


Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH, is the editor in chief of Progress in Community Health Partnerships, a new journal sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Urban Health Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Bass is a professor of medicine with a joint appointment in the epidemiology and health policy and management departments at JHU. He is the director of JHU’s Evidence-Based Practice Center, director of the medical school’s Foundations of Public Health course, and co-director of its Scholarly Concentration in Public Health and Community Service.

Lisa K. Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, is a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist and infectious diseases physician. She is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine.

Karla F.C. Holloway, PhD, MLS, is James B. Duke Professor of English and professor of law at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She is on the advisory board of the Greenwall Foundationís Faculty Scholars in Bioethics and a core faculty member in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke. Her recent books include Passed On: African American Mourning Stories (2002) and Public Bodies, Private Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics (2011).

Jessica Holzer, MA, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Her interests include community engagement in research, research ethics, and access to health care.

Timothy Hotze is a senior research assistant in the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago. His research interests include reducing health care disparities, ensuring equal access to care, and how technological change affects medical ethics.

Carla C. Keirns, MD, PhD, MSc, teaches about bioethics, history of medicine, health policy, and health disparities and serves as an attending physician in general medicine and palliative care at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. Dr. Keirns trained as an internist and as a historian and sociologist of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and as a health services researcher and community-based participatory researcher through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, in collaboration with the Detroit Urban Research Center and researchers at the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Jessie Kimbrough-Sugick, MD, MPH, is a clinical fellow in the department of internal medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is a co-investigator on a community-based participatory research project evaluating the effectiveness of a patient navigator intervention with African American women who have low literacy and mammography screening adherence behavior.

Andrew Plunk, MPH, is currently finishing his PhD in health care ethics at Saint Louis University in Missouri. His research focuses on community engagement in research and empirical research on ethical issues.

Robyn L. Sterling, JD, MPH, is an attorney at DLA Piper in Chicago whose practice focuses on health care as it pertains to corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters, as well as the life sciences. Previously, Ms. Sterling worked for the federal government, where she concentrated on the Food and Drug Administrationís oversight of clinical trials, drugs, and medical devices.

Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone, PhD, is an associate professor of public health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is a community-based participatory researcher who works primarily with American Indian communities. She and her tribal colleagues were recently recognized with the John Pipe Voices for Change Award, an honor bestowed by the American Diabetes Association.

Florence Thicklin, a consultant in clinical and community-engaged research with over a decade of experience, is a community partner with the South Side Health and Vitality Studies of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative. Previously, she was a director of clinical research for academic and biopharmaceutical organizations. Her research focuses on evidence-based, community-centered health and vitality promotion intervention models for disadvantaged populations.

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and co-director of the Center for Community-Based Research in the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.