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 2012, Volume 14, Number 5: 434-436.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Foreignness in Medicine

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Alex Folkl, MSc is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. After graduating in May of 2012, he will begin a family medicine residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Alex completed his BSc and MSc at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. He plans to pursue a career in rural family and emergency medicine.


Vineet M. Arora, MD, MAPP is the associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and assistant dean for scholarship and discovery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She led the Society of Hospital Medicineís task force to develop handoff recommendations for hospitalists, which were published in the Journal of Hospital 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.

Carolyn T. Bramante, MPH, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis who will be a resident in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interests include physical activity, issues surrounding homelessness, and health disparities.

Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, is a general internist and bioethicist. She is the program director of the ProBE (Professional/Problem-Based Ethics) Program of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians in Denver, Colorado, an ethics remediation program for U.S. and Canadian health care professionals whose licenses are in jeopardy due to ethics infractions.

James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C, is professor and interim chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the School of Public Health and Health Services, director of the Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health Program, and professor of physician assistant studies in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Jeanne M. Farnan, MD, MHPE, is the director of clinical skills education and medical director of the Clinical Performance Center at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Farnan practices as a hospitalist and, with Vineet M. Arora, has conducted AHRQ-funded research on handoff quality in hospital medicine. Dr. Farnanís research interests focus on resident supervision, professionalism, and patient handoffs.

Erik K. Fromme, MD, MCR, is a full-time palliative care physician and associate professor of medicine, nursing, and radiation medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dr. Fromme is the medical director of the palliative medicine and comfort care team and an assistant director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care. His research interests include computerized approaches to cancer symptom management, physician orders for life sustaining treatment (POLST), and health services and quality-of-life research in palliative care.

Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, PhD, MPH, is chief of consultation psychiatry and ethics at the New Mexico Veteranís Affairs Health Care System and associate professor of psychiatry and director of ethics education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Geppertís interests include ethics consultation, medical and ethics education, and the clinical and ethical issues involved in the practice of psychosomatic medicine, addiction and pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.

Bradford W. Hesse, PhD, is chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, an extramural funding branch of the Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He serves as a lead for the University of Pennsylvaniaís Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research program, and he directs the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).

Harold S. Luft, PhD, is director and senior investigator in health policy research at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Professor Emeritus of Health Economics and Health Policy at University of California, San Francisco. His primary research focus is the use of incentives and information to improve the value of health care. His book Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2008) offers an approach to fundamental delivery system reform.

Robert Macauley, MD, is medical director of clinical ethics at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. His research interests focus on clinical ethics and pediatric palliative care.

James E. Sabin, MD, is a clinical professor in the Departments of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the director of the ethics program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health plan. His research interests include the ethics of health care resource allocation. Dr. Sabin blogs at

John Song, MD, MPH, MAT, is an associate professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His research interests include homelessness, end-of-life care, and professionalism.

Helena Winston, MSc, MPhil, is a first-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver who is interested in the intersection of the arts and sciences. Previously, she was an art-book editor for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has an MSc in material anthropology from Oxford University and an MPhil in art history from the CUNY Graduate Center.