AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2012, Volume 14, Number 11: 921-923.

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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Improving Allocation of Limited Resources

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Adam Aronson is a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. His research interests include cancer, Alzheimer disease, and other diseases of aging. He is considering a career in oncology.

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Steven L. Berk, MD, is executive vice president and provost of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a professor of internal medicine and dean of the TTUHSC’s School of Medicine in Lubbock. He is board certified in infectious diseases and geriatric medicine. Dr. Berk served as chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine during the time of its accelerated residency program.

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 master’s 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.

Charles Carroll IV, MD, is a hand and orthopedic surgeon at NOI NorthShore Orthopedics and an associate professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago. He is the chairman of the ethics committee for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the coordinator for ethics of practice for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Siddhartha Devarakonda, MD is a second-year resident in internal medicine at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri, whose research and educational interests include the molecular biology of cancer and lung cancer.

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).

Kevin D. Frick, PhD, is a health economist and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. He has conducted cost-effectiveness research on a variety of topics and served on the National Institute for Nursing Research’s Advisory Council.

David S. Gierada, MD, is a professor of radiology in the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was a Washington University site co-principal investigator of the National Lung Screening Trial.

Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, is a professor in the oncology division of the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. His research interests include lung and esophageal cancer.

Michael K. Gusmano, PhD, is an associate professor of health policy and management at New York Medical College in Valhalla and a research scholar at The Hastings Center. Dr. Gusmano’s research interests include the politics of health care reform, comparative health systems, aging, health and health care inequalities, and normative theories of policy analysis. His most recent book, Health Care in World Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), documents the implications of national and local health care policies for access to care in New York, London, and Paris.

Peter S. Hammerman, MD, PhD, is an instructor in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, an affiliated researcher at the Broad Institute, and a clinician in the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. His research interests are lung cancer genomics and development of novel targeted therapeutics.

Sabine Iben, MD, became interested in bioethics while dealing with complex ethical cases as a staff neonatologist and neonatal director of the Fetal Care Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. Dr. Iben has a certificate in pediatric bioethics from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Narayan P. Iyer, MD, is a fellow in neonatology in the Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland Clinic Foundation-MetroHealth Medical Center Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship whose research interests include neonatal pulmonary mechanics and quality improvement.

Betsy Goebel Jones, EdD, is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock. She is a member of the Family Medicine Accelerated Track leadership team and regional director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Lawrence M. Kotner, Jr., MD, is an associate professor of radiology in the Abdominal Imaging Section of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dr. Kotner has a special interest in the historical and ethical issues of medicine.

C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and an attending physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, where he holds the C. Ronald MacKenzie Chair in Ethics and Medicine. He is chairman of the American College of Rheumatology Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee.

Matthew J. Matava, MD, is a professor of orthopedic surgery and co-chief of the sports medicine section of the Washington University Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Saint Louis, Missouri. His clinical and research interests include sports-related injuries of the knee and shoulder, articular cartilage restoration, and multiligament knee reconstruction. He is the head team physician for the Saint Louis Rams football team and Washington University varsity athletics and assistant team physician for the Saint Louis Blues hockey team.

Katherine J. Mathews, MD, MPH, MBA, is director of clinical services at Casa de Salud, a health care organization that serves low-income, Spanish-speaking people in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dr. Mathews has a long history of public health and health policy work to improve access to high-quality care for the medically underserved.

Will Ross, MD, MPH, is associate dean for diversity and associate professor of medicine in the Renal Division at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. A senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy, Dr. Ross focuses on minority health care workforce development, knowledge mapping, and construction of conceptual frameworks to reduce health care inequities.

Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE, is a founding member of the Saint Louis chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program; a faculty member at Washington University of Saint Louis; chief medical officer at Rx Outreach, a nonprofit mail-order pharmacy providing affordable medications for people in need; and a volunteer in a variety of safety-net clinics across the country. Formerly, he was a family medicine practitioner and then the chief medical officer of Express Scripts.