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 2014, Volume 16, Number 2: 150-152.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Unwarranted Variation in Health Care

Theme Issue Editor

Elizabeth Miranda, MPH, is a second-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate education at Harvard University in 2011 with a degree in organismic and evolutionary biology and a minor in global health and health policy. In 2012, she graduated from The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice with a master’s degree in public health. Her scholarly interests include health policy, quality improvement, and disparities in health care.


Hilda Bastian has been the editor of a clinical effectiveness resource, PubMed Health, at the National Institutes of Health since 2011. Her research interests have included the effects of communication on health care and systematic reviews of health care effectiveness. She has a blog called Absolutely Maybe at Scientific American.

Leah A. Burke, MD, is a fellow in infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, engaged in clinical research aimed at improving the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of treatment for patients infected with HIV or hepatitis C. Dr. Burke is a master’s degree candidate and an advanced certificate holder in the K30 Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Bill Davenhall, MA, is the senior health advisor at Esri, where he was formerly the global manager of health and human service solutions. He serves on the boards of the Health Data Consortium, the Stewards of Change Institute, and the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety. In 2012, he received the National Association of Health Data Organizations’ Elliot Stone Award for innovation in health data.

Michael Farias, MD, MS, MBA, is a clinical fellow in pediatric cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His interests include quality and systems improvement, patient perception of care, and fetal cardiology and cardiac imaging.

Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, is the Future of Family Medicine Professor and vice chair of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches residents and medical students in inpatient and outpatient settings and practices family medicine, including inpatient work and, through 2012, obstetrics. He is the co-vice chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and was a member of the Joint National Conference on Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Hypertension (JNC 8).

Heather Macdonald, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and breast surgery in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is director of the Women’s Breast Diagnostic Center and medical director of the Avon Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic at the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center. Her scholarly interests include breast cancer, other breast diseases, familial cancer syndromes, provision of care to underserved populations, and medical education.

Anne M. Milano, JD, CPA, received her JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in May 2013 and has experience with federal tax law.

Peter Milano, MD, is a senior emergency medicine resident at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center.

Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS, is the senior scholar for the White River Junction VA Quality Scholars Program, director of the Office of Health Care Systems and Clinical Improvement, and associate professor of medicine and of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Steven J. Ralston, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and the division director of maternal-fetal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His academic interests include medical ethics, medical education, and prenatal diagnosis.

Rahul H. Rathod, MD, is a staff cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his clinical work in cardiac imaging and clinical cardiology practice, his research focuses on quality improvement initiatives, use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in congenital heart disease, and patients with single-ventricle physiology.

James Reschovsky, PhD, is a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research (formerly at its sister organization, the Center for Studying Health System Change) in Washington, DC. Apart from geographic variations in medical costs, Dr. Reschovsky’s research focuses on payment reform, Medicare policy, care management, and variations in health care prices.

Andrew M. Ryan, PhD, is an associate professor of public health in the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Dr. Ryan’s research focuses on pay for performance, public quality reporting, disparities, and health care policy analysis. He won the 2009 AcademyHealth Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “The Design of Value-Based Purchasing in Medicare: Theory and Empirical Evidence,” and the John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award in Health Services Research for “Has Pay-for-Performance Decreased Access for Minority Patients?”

William L. Schpero, MPH, is a health policy fellow at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College in Lebanon, New Hampshire. His research focuses on measuring variation in health care utilization and spending, quantifying use of low-value care, and evaluating the effects of accountable care organization implementation.

Stuart P. Swadron, MD, is an attending emergency physician at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center and an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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.