AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2011, Volume 13, Number 5: 328-330.


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Kathleen K. Miller is a second-year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, her hometown. She obtained her bachelorís degree in Spanish and philosophy from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spent a year as a community health worker in East Los Angeles before starting medical school.


Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA, is the associate chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.

Bogdan Cherascu, MD, MS, is a clinical assistant professor on the immunology faculty at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, where he did his fellowship work and studied public health. Dr. Cherascu studied medicine at Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Romania. His primary interests are rheumatology (with an emphasis on rheumatoid arthritis), clinical registries, and medical education.

Byron J. Crouse, MD, is a professor of family medicine, associate dean for rural and community health, and interim senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He studied biology and psychology at St. Olaf College as an undergraduate, received his medical training at Mayo Medical School, and completed his family medicine residency at the Duluth Family Practice Residency program. He is the chair of the National Advisory Committee of the National Health Service Corps.

Kimberly S. Ephgrave, MD, is a professor of surgery and associate program director for the surgical residency program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She received her medical training at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine and completed her surgery residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. In 2000, she led the Association of Women Surgeons in adopting a code of ethical conduct.

Joshua J. Goldman is a third-year medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Midland and the vice chair of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Committee on Bioethics and Humanities. His interest in the ethics of research and medicine was sparked at Stanford University, where he graduated with a BS in biological sciences and a minor in philosophy. He plans to pursue residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery with a special interest in postcancer reconstruction.

Mark A. Graber, MD, is a professor of emergency and family medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has a research interest in medical ethics, most recently in virtual medical ethics.

Daniel G. Mareck, MD, is the chief medical officer for the Office of Rural Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí Health Resources and Services Administration. He is a board-certified family medicine physician. For 12 years he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School, working primarily with the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP).

Kalpana Miriyala, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been practicing at Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., in Huntington, West Virginia, since 2009. She provides medication management for children with a variety of mental health and substance abuse problems. Dr. Miriyala volunteers on an advisory council to the Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Acculturation Program.

Cathleen E. Morrow, MD, is the director of the predoctoral and rural health programs and an associate professor in Dartmouth Medical Schoolís Department of Community and Family Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire.

William A. Nelson, PhD, is the director of rural ethics initiatives and an associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and in the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Alyssa Parrish, JD, is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas and is employed as counsel and vice president of business affairs for the Houston-based, health care company RediClinic, LLC. Ms. Parrish earned her doctor of jurisprudence degree and a health care law certificate from the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the areas of health care and reproductive technology law.

Tiffany L. Shih is a third-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Midland. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in biomedical engineering. Her major career interests are in new cancer therapeutics, and she is currently conducting studies on racial disparities in breast cancer prevention and treatment. She plans to pursue a career in hematology/oncology.

Tom Townsend, MD, is a professor of family medicine and directs the Program in Clinical Ethics at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. He spent his first 17 years of practice, beginning in 1974, in the National Health Service Corps in rural southwest Virginia.