AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2012, Volume 14, Number 7: 597-598.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: The Ethics of Shared Decision Making

Theme Issue Editor

Claire K. Ankuda, MD, MPH, is an intern in family medicine in the urban underserved track at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include the assessment of the quality of decision making, especially at the end of life; surrogate decision making; and disparities in end-of-life care.


Sorcha A. Brophy is a doctoral candidate in the sociology program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her research focuses on how ideas about morality and ethics diffuse throughout institutions and society.

Steve Crossman, MD, is an associate professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he completed medical school. He divides his time between teaching and seeing patients, both in Virginia and in Honduras. Dr. Crossman is a credentialed Balint group leader and a member of the Council of the American Balint Society.

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, is a professor of medicine, section head for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, and director of the Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Curtis has a research program funded by the National Institutes of Health that focuses on measuring and improving the quality of palliative and end-of-life care for patients with critical illness and those with chronic life-limiting illness and improving outcomes for patients’ families and supporting their clinicians.

Brian C. Drolet, MD, is a resident physician in the Departments of General and Plastic Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. His areas of interest are biomedical informatics, translational research, and ACGME resident duty-hour regulations.

Steven D. Freedman, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Translational Research and director of the Pancreas Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. In addition to research in pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis, he is working with Dr. Camilia R. Martin on the effects of fatty acids and nutrition on chronic lung disease and infection in preterm infants.

Judith A. Hall, PhD, is university distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University in 1976, has been on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, and was affiliated with Harvard Medical School from 1980 to 1986. Dr. Hall studies nonverbal communication and interpersonal interaction, especially accuracy in perceiving others, in both clinical and nonclinical settings.

Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the associate director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and director for cross-disciplinary research partnerships in the Division of Translational Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. In addition to research on neonatal nutrition, she is working with Dr. Steven D. Freedman on the development of health care strategies that generate care plans jointly between the physician and the patient and allow continuation of care beyond the office visit.

Zain Mithani, MD, is a resident in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.

Bryan Murray is a third-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pennsylvania. He is in the school’s health law certificate program.

Peter H. Schwartz, MD, PhD, is a faculty investigator at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, and assistant professor of philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He conducts research on ethical issues related to patient decision making. He is supported in part by a Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians from the American Cancer Society (CCCDA-10-085-01) and by the Predictive Health Ethics Research Project, funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

Jane deLima Thomas, MD, is a palliative care physician at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the associate director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She is a clinician educator with particular interest in teaching about communication skills and professionalism.

Candace L. White, MD, MA, is a resident physician in the Department of Radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. She is carrying out research in clinical informatics with Partners Healthcare of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.