Virtual Mentor. January 2012, Volume 14, Number 1: 86-88.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Vaccines and Ethics
Theme Issue Editor
Matthew Janko is a second-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where he is a member of the Clinical/Translational Research Pathway Program and the student government.
Daniel M. Becker, MD, MPH, MFA, is a professor of medicine, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, and editor of Hospital Drive at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. He practices primary care internal medicine and attends on the palliative care consult service at UVA Hospital.
Valarie Blake, JD, MA, is a 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.
Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, is the director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sydney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He co-directs the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, which is a collaboration among the Wistar Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Center for Bioethics.
Donna T. Chen, MD, MPH, is a core faculty member of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities and an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Her professional interests include clinical, research, and organizational ethics; professionalism; and ethics education.
Michael J. Cunningham, MS, is a first-year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. He holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in neuroscience and behavior from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
John J. Frey III, MD, is a family doctor and professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he was chair of the Department of Family Medicine from 1993 to 2006. He is the medical editor of WMJ: the Wisconsin Medical Journal and associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine. His interests are in community-engaged research, social determinants of health, and medical humanities.
Kimberly Insel, MD, MPH, is a resident in the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine in Aurora. Her interests include the expansion of vaccination to emergency departments and urgent care centers and improving vaccine delivery worldwide.
Karlie A. Intlekofer, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California at Irvine. She researches the boosting effect of physical exercise on hippocampal neural plasticity and the therapeutic potential of exercise interventions on neurodegenerative disease and in normal aging.
Jay A. Jacobson, MD, is an emeritus professor in the Divisions of Infectious Disease and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain HealthCare in Salt Lake City.
Jeremy Konstam is a first-year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a BA in political science. Before medical school, Jeremy worked in the fields of health care best practice research, vaccine policy, and quality improvement.
Jennifer M. Ladd is a second-year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. From 2008 to 2010, she was the program manager of Stanford’s Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics. She received her BS in molecular biology with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 2008.
Joel Meyer, BM BCh, MRCP, is a specialist registrar in intensive care medicine and a clinical research fellow in tuberculosis vaccinology at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute in Oxford, England.
Jason L. Schwartz, MBE, AM, is an associate fellow at the Center for Bioethics and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His research examines ethical, historical, and policy issues in public health, focusing particularly on vaccination, decision making, and the role of expert advisory committees. He is the author of the chapter titled “Ethics” in Vaccines (Elsevier, 2012) and other publications on vaccination and topics in public health policy and ethics.
Susanne Sheehy, BM BCh, MRCP, DTM&H, is a clinical research fellow in malaria vaccinology at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, and a specialist trainee in clinical infectious diseases and microbiology.
Lois Shepherd, JD, is a professor of law and associate professor of biomedical ethics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Her primary appointment is in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, where she leads programs in law and ethics.
Leo D. J. Ungar, MTS, is a second-year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He received an MTS from Harvard in 2010, where he focused on moral philosophy and psychology, and an AB with high honors in philosophy from Princeton in 2008.
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