AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2013, Volume 15, Number 2: 180-182.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: The Hospital: Business and Public Service?

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Alessandra Colaianni is a third-year medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Her research interests include medical ethics, medical culture, and narrative medicine. Prior to medical school, she worked at the Advisory Board Company, a health care administration consulting firm in Washington, D.C.


David A. Asch, MD, MBA, David A. Asch, MD, MBA, is a professor of medicine and health care management at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he is executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation. He is also a physician at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion in Philadelphia.

Laura Blinkhorn will receive her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2013. She plans to pursue a residency in family medicine.

Brian Chan, MD, MPH, is a senior resident at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He is interested in health services research in the areas of health care quality, policy, and systems improvement.

Cristie M. Cole, JD, is a 2012-2014 fellow in the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Hospital in Ohio. She received her JD from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Her current research focuses on the legal and ethical limits of procreative liberty in clinical practice, particularly in the context of vulnerable patient populations, emerging reproductive technologies, and disease management, as well as the legal and ethical issues in treating adolescent patients and direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, both at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His research interests include global health, social media and medical professionalism, and ethical issues in health reform, including accountable care organizations.

Honora Englander, MD, Honora Englander, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and an internist in OHSU’s Division of Hospital Medicine and the Old Town Clinic, a federally qualified health center in Portland. She is the medical director for the Care Transitions Innovation (C-TraIn), a transitional care improvement program for uninsured and low-income publicly insured adults served by the Portland-area coordinated care organization.

Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA, is a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

David Harmon, MD, MPH, is a resident in internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He graduated with a BA from the University of Notre Dame, did a stint with Americorps in Philadelphia, and completed a master of public health degree during medical school at the University of Kansas. Following graduation he will remain at OHSU as a teaching hospitalist with interests in transitions of care and resident education.

Marguerite Huff is a second-year medical student in the honors program in medical education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where she is involved in a variety of activities, including community health volunteering and clinical research. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a degree in statistics, which piqued her interest in biostatistics, quality control, and health economics.

Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and a staff physician at the Portland Veterans Administration. He is interested in health systems improvement research, specifically in the area of transitions of care, and in evidence-based medicine.

Faith L. Lagay, PhD, has been managing editor of Virtual Mentor, the American Medical Association’s monthly online ethics journal, for 12 years. Her doctorate in the medical humanities is from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Matthew McNabney, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he is medical director of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). He is also fellowship program director in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, is an instructor of medicine in gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is also director of operations at the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation and has an interest in health system improvement and behavioral economics.

Hyeyoung Oh, MA, is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, and organizational studies.

Charles A. Peck, MD, is a board-certified internist and rheumatologist who is managing director of Navigant Consulting. His background includes being CEO of a surgical and physician services company and a large academic multispecialty physician group, regional president of a national managed care company, and partner in a global health care consulting firm.

Neel Shah, MD, MPP, is chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology based at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the executive director of Costs of Care, Inc.

Richard E. Thompson, MD, has dealt firsthand with ethical dilemmas as a private practitioner, pioneer neonatologist, staff member of the Joint Commission, vice president of the Illinois Hospital Association, and hospital credentials and quality assessment consultant. He is an adjunct online instructor in health care ethics at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. His publications include So, You’re on the Ethics Committee, A Primer and Practical Guidebook (American College of Physician Executives, 2012).

Stefan Timmermans, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at UCLA. He is author of the book Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening.