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 2012, Volume 14, Number 4: 360-361.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Foreignness in Medicine


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 masterís 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.

Amit Chakrabarty, MD, MS, FRCS, is chair of the Ethics and Grievances Committee of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, director of the Comprehensive Continence Center in North Alabama, an adult and pediatric urologist at the Urologic Clinics of North Alabama in Decatur, president of the Medical Executive Committee of the Decatur Ambulatory Surgery Center, and past president of the Indian American Urological Association.

David Edelberg, MD, is a board-certified internist practicing in Chicago. His center, WholeHealth Chicago, was among the first in the country to combine conventional and alternative medicine. His books, The Triple Whammy Cure and Healing Fibromyalgia, are directed toward women with chronic health problems. In addition, Dr. Edelberg writes a weekly blog at covering a variety of medical, social, and political health issues.

Todd Ferguson, PhD, is a research associate for the American Medical Association’s Ethics Resource Center in Chicago. His research interests include social justice issues and the value of decency in the design, development, and implementation of health care services. He earned his PhD from Purdue University and is coeditor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of HIV/AIDS (2008).

Faith L. Lagay, PhD, has been managing editor of Virtual Mentor, the American Medical Associationís monthly online ethics journal, for 11 years. Her doctorate in the medical humanities is from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Jing-Bao Nie, BMed, MMed, MA, PhD, is an associate professor at the Bioethics Centre of the University of Otago in New Zealand and holds an adjunct visiting professorship at Hunan Normal University and Peking University in China. His publications include Medical Ethics in China: A Transcultural Interpretation (Routledge, 2011), Behind the Silence: Chinese Voices on Abortion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), three chapters in The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and numerous journal articles and other book chapters. He is editing a volume on the ethics of population governance in Asia in comparison with the West and writing a book on the ideologies and ethics of China’s birth control program.

Nyapati R. Rao, MD, MS, is the Von Tauber Chairman of Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. A former residency training director, Dr. Rao chairs the American Medical Association Governing Council on international medical graduates, has written and spoken extensively on the topic, and is planning a national conference on IMGsí future in American medicine. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Kirk L. Smith, MD, PhD, is the Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a primary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is the director of the UT Community Outreach program and executive director of the health professions student service organization, Frontera de Salud.

Philip J. Van der Wees, PhD, is a 2011-2012 recipient of the Commonwealth Fundís Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, working as a research associate in health care policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Arturo Vargas Bustamante, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. He conducts research in two fields: health care disparities, especially among the uninsured and those with poor access to the health care in the United States, and health policy in developing countries.