AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2011, Volume 13, Number 4: 266-267.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: The "R" Word--Ethical Allocation of Medicine's Services

Theme Issue Editor

Melanie Mund, MBe, is a fourth-year medical student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA in English and her master’s in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She will be entering the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Connecticut.


Ilene C. Albala, MBe, JD, is pursuing a doctoral degree in public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School in New York. She is also a legal fellow at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she conducts research for the LegalHealth division.

Leonard M. Fleck, PhD, is a professor of philosophy and medical ethics in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. He is the author of Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Kevin D. Frick, PhD, is a health economist and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. He has conducted cost-effectiveness research on a variety of topics, served on the National Institute for Nursing Research’s Advisory Council, and helped to bring information about cost effectiveness to the institute.

Elizabeth Geelhoed, PhD, is a professor of health economics in the school of population health at the University of Western Australia in Perth. She lectures in health economics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and conducts research on the economic implications of health interventions and health policy.

Zachary Ginsberg, MD, MPP, is a resident in emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. He completed his medical training at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and his graduate training at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Ginsberg’s primary health policy interest is quality improvement.

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.

Robert J. Karp, MD, has been a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York, for 24 years. During the early 1970s in Philadelphia, he worked in an inner-city school health and nutrition project, which was outside the ethos of medical practice at the time. His current project is A Teacher’s Guide to Pediatric Nutrition.

Erica Kreismann, MD, is the assistant residency program director at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She did her residency in emergency medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center and completed a fellowship in clinical bioethics. Dr. Kreismann’s primary bioethics interest is professionalism.

Meina Lee, LLB, is a lawyer and bioethicist and a regular guest lecturer at the University of Western Australia School of Population Health in Perth. She holds bachelor of science and bachelor of laws degrees from the University of Western Australia and a master of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Douglas Jay Mund, MD, is a clinical rheumatologist who has been in solo practice for 30 years. He is a founding member of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the board of the Nassau County Medical Society in New York, and a member of the board of managers of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center alumni association. Dr. Mund has particular interests in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Philip A. Perry, MSJ, is a research assistant in the ethics group at the American Medical Association in Chicago and assistant editor of Virtual Mentor.

Robin Polansky, MD, MPH, is an attending physician affiliated with the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Musculoskeletal Services at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco.

Taeho (Greg) Rhee is a research intern for the Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago. He is an MA candidate in social welfare and policy at the University of Chicago. In the fall of 2011, he will enter a doctoral program in health services research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he will focus on geriatric health care issues. His research interests include chronic diseases, long-term care, Medicare, and the demography of aging.

Yuriy Shepelyak is a third-year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Ukraine, grew up in Brooklyn, and will probably spend the rest of his life in New York City. He is strongly considering going into pediatrics or physical medicine and rehabilitation.

David A. Wong, MD, MSc, FRCS(C), is the director of the Advanced Center for Spinal Microsurgery at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He is past president of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and co-chairs its Value Task Force and Performance Measures Advisory Committee.