Virtual Mentor. November 2013, Volume 15, Number 11: 1006-1009.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Patient Consumerism
Theme Issue Editor
Ravi B. Parikh is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School in Boston and a Knowles Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ravi is the administrative chair of the Crimson Care Collaborative, a network of student-run clinics in Boston that serves patients who have limited access to primary care. His opinion pieces have been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Herald, and the Tampa Bay Times, and he is an editor of Medgadget, a blog about medical technology and innovation.
David A. Axelrod, MD, is chief of transplant surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Axelrod chairs the United Network for Organ Sharing’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN/UNOS) pancreas transplantation committee. In addition, he is the chairman of the business practice committee for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and creator of its Leadership Development Program. He is the author of more than 50 publications in the areas of transplantation economics and outcome research and lectures nationally on these topics.
Michael A. Batista is a second-year doctoral student in the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where his work focuses on the translational development of new medical technologies and tools. He was a founding team member of the Smartphone Physical exhibit, which has been featured at conferences and events across the country to promote mobile-based health care technologies.
O'Neil Britton, MD, is the chief health information officer of Partners HealthCare in Boston. He is a senior clinician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and former chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. His career pursuits have focused on clinical operations, quality improvement and patient safety, and the education and mentoring of trainees and students.
T. Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, MPH, is distinguished scholar and professor at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and holds an appointment in the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Dagi is an editor of Neurosurgery and of the Journal of Clinical Ethics. He is a neurosurgeon, medical educator, and medical ethicist with particular interests in the ethics of uncertainty, diversity, and international disaster assistance.
Shiv M. Gaglani is a second-year MD/MBA student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and Harvard Business School in Boston. He is the co-founder and CEO of the medical education technology company Osmosis and an editor of the medical technology blog Medgadget. Shiv curated the Smartphone Physical exhibit that was featured at TEDMED 2013.
Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston and a faculty member in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he runs the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL).
Tara LePage, MPH, is a recent graduate of Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy management. Her career interests include providing strategies to improve the quality of life of nursing home residents and analyzing the barriers to adoption of health information technology by the elderly population.
Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on the impact of innovations in delivery on the costs and quality of health care.
Alon B. Neidich is a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors in law, letters, and society from the University of Chicago, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow investigating informed consent and women’s attitudes toward obstetric and pediatric biobanks. His work has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation, Progress in Transplantation, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and The New Physician.
Eitan Neidich is a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. He obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors in political theory, science, and law from Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Progress in Transplantation, and the American Journal of Transplantation.
Susan P. Pauker, MD, is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, chief of medical genetics at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (formerly HCHP), and a member of the Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trained as a genetics fellow. She is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and has served on its board. Dr. Pauker specializes in individual decision support for prenatal and preconception prevention of birth anomalies.
Rachel O. Reid, MD, MS, is a resident physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Reid’s research interests encompass the primary care delivery system and how cost and quality data relate to decisions in health care.
John P. Roberts, MD, is the chief of the Division of Transplantation at the University of California, San Francisco. He has produced nearly 170 papers on topics including allograft rejection, immunogenicity, immunosuppression, and others. Dr. Roberts has served as the president of the United Network for Organ Sharing’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors and its corporate affairs committee, as well as the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
James E. Sabin, MD, is a clinical professor in the Departments of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, a member of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, and the director of the ethics program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health plan. His research interests include the ethics of health care resource allocation. Dr. Sabin blogs on ethics at healthcareorganizationalethics.blogspot.com and on aging issues at www.over65.thehastingscenter.org.
Richard Bolton Siegrist, Jr., MBA, MS, CPA, is director of innovation and entrepreneurship, associate academic director of the master’s in health care management program, and adjunct lecturer on management at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He was previously the CEO of Press Ganey Associates and the co-founder and CEO of several health care software companies dealing with cost accounting, comparative analysis, and patient flow.
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard School of Public Health and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a health economist and a practicing primary care physician whose research focuses include Medicaid, health insurance reform, and medical decision making.
Nancy Tomes, PhD, is a professor of history at Stony Brook University in New York. She is the author of several books and many articles on the history of American psychiatry, medicine, and public health, a former fellow at the National Humanities Center, and holder of a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award. Her latest book, Shopping for Health: Medicine, Consumer Culture, and the Making of the Modern Patient, is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press in fall 2014. She is president of the American Association for the History of Medicine.
Bo Wang, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist and third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston. His research interests include pharmaceutical regulation and adherence.
Richard Weinmeyer, JD, MPhil, is a senior research associate for the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. Mr. Weinmeyer received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, where he completed a concentration in health law and bioethics and served as editor in chief for volume 31 of the journal Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice. He obtained his master’s degree in sociology from Cambridge University and is completing a second master’s in bioethics from the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics. Previously, Mr. Weinmeyer served as a project coordinator at the University of Minnesota Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. His research interests are in public health law, bioethics, and biomedical research regulation.
Richard Zeckhauser, PhD, is the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an economist and decision scientist whose research frequently examines the ways decisions are made, both well and poorly, by individuals and groups. Medical and health care examples often illustrate his studies.
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