AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2012, Volume 14, Number 9: 751-753.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Confidentiality

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Marley E. Burns is a second-year medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests are in pediatrics. Burns recently co-authored six review articles for The Monday Life, a nonprofit organization working to improve the hospital environment for pediatric patients ( She is also involved with research exploring the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with chronic health conditions.


George L. Anesi, MD, MA, is a resident in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is a member of the MGH Optimum Care Committee and Department of Medicine Quality and Safety Committee. He received his MD and MA in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and his BS in biological chemistry and BA in chemistry from the University of Chicago, where he was editor in chief of the Chicago Maroon. His research interests lie at the intersection of medicine, policy, and ethics, and he intends to apply for fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Kesa Bond, MS, MA, RHIA, PMP, earned her BS in health information management from Temple University, her MS in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University, and her MA in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. She was the director of health information management for a long-term care facility, where she helped to implement an electronic health record. Her research interests include childhood obesity.

Georgette A. Dent, MD, is the associate dean for student affairs and an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is a former chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs.

Sue E. Estroff, PhD, is a professor of social medicine and research professor of psychiatry and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Estroff’s research focuses on subjective dimensions of schizophrenia, public mental health policy, and moral quandaries in qualitative research.

Barbara J. Evans, PhD, JD, LLM, is a professor of law, co-director of the Health Law & Policy Institute, and director of the Center on Biotechnology & Law at the University of Houston Law Center, a member institution of the Texas Medical Center.

Angus H. Ferguson, MPhil, PhD, is based at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His research in the history of medicine includes interdisciplinary work on medical ethics, infant feeding, and sudden infant death syndrome. He is completing a book examining the evolution of the boundaries of medical confidentiality in modern Britain, for publication in the Medical Law and Ethics series at Ashgate.

Cathy A. Flite, MEd, RHIA, is a clinical assistant professor in the Health Information Management Department at Temple University in Philadelphia. She earned her BS in health information management at Temple University, a master of education degree from Widener University, and a master of arts in human development from Fielding Graduate University. Her research interests include professional ethics.

Laurinda B. Harman, PhD, RHIA, is emeritus faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has a bachelor of science degree in biology and medical records from Daemen College, a master of education degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a PhD in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Ethics and health information management are her primary research interests.

Andreia Martins Martinho is a graduate student at New York University and a 2012 summer intern in the ethics group of the American Medical Association. She studied law at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and she came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship to study bioethics.

Courtney Mathews is a second-year law student at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she is on the staff of the DePaul Law Review and is a health law fellow. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy and a minor in theological studies. In 2012 she was the DePaul Summer Scholar in the ethics group at the American Medical Association.

Peter A. Ubel, MD, is the Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor of Business, Public Policy and Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His research explores controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. His books include Pricing Life (MIT Press, 2000) and Free Market (Harvard Business Press, 2009). His newest book, Critical Decisions (HarperCollins, 2012), explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients. Dr. Ubel’s blog and other information about him are available at

Robert M. Veatch, PhD, is a professor of medical ethics and former director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on terminal care, organ transplants, and the conflicts among theories of medical ethics. His newest book, Hippocratic, Religious, and Secular Ethics: The Points of Conflict, will be published by Georgetown University Press in 2012.

Rebecca L. Walker, PhD, is an associate professor of social medicine, an adjunct associate professor of philosophy, and core faculty in the Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Walker’s research focuses on practical and conceptual issues at the intersection of bioethics and moral philosophy.

Pablo Rodriguez del Pozo, MD, JD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in Qatar (WCMC-Q). His research focuses on crosscultural education in medical ethics.