AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2011, Volume 13, Number 10: 745-746.


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Steve Y. Lee, MD, is a first-year resident in the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he completed a scholarly concentration in biomedical ethics. He was the 2010-11 AMA-Medical Student Section delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.


Grayson W. Armstrong is the vice-speaker of the AMA-MSS Governing Council. He is a second-year medical student in the scholarly concentration program in medical education at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his undergraduate degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and has interests in music, medical artwork, health care policy, and medical ethics.

Valarie Blake, JD, MA, is the senior research associate for the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs in Chicago. Ms. Blake completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, received her law degree with a certificate in health law and concentrations in bioethics and global health from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and obtained a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on ethical and legal issues in assisted reproductive technology and reproductive tissue transplants, as well as regulatory issues in research ethics.

Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a primary care internist with University Medicine, the chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Ethics Committee, the governor of the American College of Physicians’ Rhode Island chapter, and co-chair of the steering committee of the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, Rhode Island’s multipayor patient-centered medical home pilot program.

Sonja Boone, MD, is director of the American Medical Association’s physician health and health care disparities team, which works on policy and initiatives to advance the health of all physicians and educate them about health disparities. Dr. Boone is on the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Jan Miller, MD, is the medical director of the Block Island Medical Center in Rhode Island.

Diane Plantz, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and ethicist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Herbert Rakatansky, MD, is clinical professor of medicine emeritus at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a member and chair of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. He is a member of the Miriam Hospital ethics committee and chairs the Rhode Island Medical Society physician health committee.

Stephen Rivoli, MPH, MA, CPHQ, is a third-year student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York, and a 2011 recipient of the AMA Foundation Leadership Award. He is an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, representing medical students of AMA-MSS region 7, and was the 2010-2011 president of the AMA Medical Student Section. Mr. Rivoli works in quality and patient safety at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He also founded The Harvey Milk Men, a community group that has raised more than $175,000 for GLBT causes.

Nadia N. Sawicki, JD, MBe, is an assistant professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. Her scholarship focuses on the accommodation of competing moral values in American law and medical practice. Her research interests include the normative underpinnings of informed consent, tort law’s recognition of controversial medical injuries, and social expectations regarding ethical conduct by physicians.

Michael S. Sinha, is in the sixth and final year of the combined MD/JD program at Southern Illinois University Schools of Medicine and Law in Springfield. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2003 with a major in biophysical chemistry. His research interests include medical-legal education, food and drug law, and public health. He plans to pursue a career in primary care and health policy.

Stephanie Toth, MD, is an internal medicine intern at Boston Medical Center. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a 2007 graduate of Harvard College, where she concentrated in biology and Spanish.

Ford Vox, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, the medical director of brain injury rehabilitation at New England Rehabilitation Hospital, and a medical journalist who is currently a correspondent for The Atlantic.