AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2012, Volume 14, Number 6: 524-526.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Foreignness in Medicine

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Chuan-Mei Lee, MD, MA, graduated from Harvard Medical School in May 2012 and began a residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds a masterís degree in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and has an interest in medical humanities.


Aaron D. Besterman, MD, graduated from New York Medical College in 2012 and entered the residency program in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His interests lie at the intersection of child psychiatry and medical genetics.

David H. Brendel, MD, PhD, practices psychiatry in the Boston area and is the author of Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide. He has written and lectured widely on the ethics of using Internet technologies in psychiatry practice. More information about Dr. Brendel is available at

Richard A. DeVaul, MD, is retired from the Texas A&M Health Science Center, where he was a professor of psychiatry and family medicine. He has a long history of teaching, research, and clinical experience with grief and bereavement.

David Elkin, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and an attending physician on the consultation-liaison service at San Francisco General Hospital, where he co-coordinates medical student education and teaches core didactics and a weekly humanities seminar on professionalism and ethics. He also directs physician wellness efforts and serves on the hospital ethics committee.

Martha J. Farah, PhD, is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she directs the Center for Neuroscience and Society and carries out research in cognitive neuroscience and neuroethics.

Daphne C. Ferrer, MD, graduated from the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute College of Medicine in the Philippines in 2012.

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Gillihan conducts research on posttraumatic stress disorder and affective neuroscience.

Nada Gligorov, PhD, is an assistant professor of medical education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and assistant professor of bioethics at the Union Graduate College/Mount Sinai Bioethics Program in New York City. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is primarily interested in neuroethics, most specifically determinism and free will, as well as the impact of brain imaging technologies on privacy. She has also published on personal identity as it relates to biomedical issues such as advance directives.

Dien Ho, PhD, is an associate professor of philosophy and health care ethics at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His research focuses primarily on the ethics of organ transplantation, reproductive autonomy, pharmacist ethics, and theoretical reasoning.

Erick Hung, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and the associate director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the director of the Telemental Health Program at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center Downtown Clinic, where he has also been the mental health director and the associate chief of the mental health service.

Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry and director of the Program in Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author, most recently, of The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (Beacon Press, 2010) and co-editor of Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (NYU Press, 2010).

Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland. Dr. Nicolaidis co-directs the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), directs the Samuel Wise Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at OHSU, and serves as a standing member of the NIH Mental Health Services study section. She also teaches and practices internal medicine, supervising residents and students in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Robert T. M. Phillips, MD, PhD, is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and the 2011 Yochelson Distinguished Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the former senior psychiatric consultant to the United States Secret Service Intelligence Division Mental Health Liaison Program. Dr. Phillips has expertise in forensic psychiatry, having conducted numerous civil and criminal forensic evaluations nationally, and has been qualified as an expert witness throughout the country.

Gilbert Villela, MD, is an associate clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and the unit chief of the jail psychiatry inpatient unit at San Francisco General Hospital, where he has also worked in psychiatric emergency services and the Outpatient Psychosocial Medicine Clinic. He is researching the efficacy of teaching critical thinking.

Anthony P. Weiss, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, chair of clinical policy and records, quality chair for psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and chair of the Mental Health Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee at Partners Healthcare.

Peter M. Yellowlees, MBBS, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and director of the Health Informatics Program at the University of California, Davis.