AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2014, Volume 16, Number 5: 412-415.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Issues in Geriatric Care

Theme Issue Editor

Amirala Pasha, DO, MS, is a second-year resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Pasha is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He obtained his graduate degree in biomedical engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Pasha has strong interests in academic medicine, primary care, health policy, law, ethics, medical humanities, and biomedical engineering.


Yesne Alici, MD, is an assistant attending psychiatrist and liaison psychiatrist to the neuro-oncology and geriatric medicine teams at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and an assistant professor in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Dr. Alici is board certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. Her clinical, educational, and research interests include delirium among cancer patients, long-term cognitive outcomes of delirium, symptom management in terminally ill cancer patients, cognitive effects of cancer and cancer treatments, and educating clinicians, families, and patients on recognizing, assessing, and managing delirium.

Ryan M. Antiel, MD, MA, is an assistant professor of biomedical ethics and a resident in the Department of General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Meera Balasubramaniam, MD, MPH, is a fellow in geriatric psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center. She did her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include delirium, bereavement in late life, and behavioral management of dementia.

David Barnard, PhD, JD, is Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care at the Center for Ethics in Health Care and assistant vice provost for interprofessional education at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Mary Ann Forciea, MD, is a clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and director of the medical student and internal medicine residency elective in geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. She received her MD degree from Duke University. Her clinical practice centers on primary care of the older patient in office and home settings. She has served for five years on the clinical guidelines committee of the American College of Physicians and been the co-director of the Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia for more than 15 years.

Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, is chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He is executive director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute, a joint endeavor of Reliant Medical Group, Fallon Community Health Plan, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School whose mission is to improve the health of vulnerable populations through innovative research and educational initiatives.

Daniel E. Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc, is a core investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Bernard J. Hammes, PhD, is the director of medical humanities and Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and vice president of the International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care. Dr. Hammes received his BA and PhD degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hammes’s primary work focuses on improving care at the end of life. This work has resulted in two nationally recognized programs on advance care planning: If I Only Knew… and Respecting Choices. He has authored or coauthored numerous articles and book chapters that focus on clinical ethics, advance care planning, and end-of-life issues.

Thomas D. Harter, PhD, is the associate clinical ethicist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and a certified Respecting Choices facilitator and instructor. Dr. Harter received his BA from Radford University and his PhD from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Harter’s published works focus on improving care at the end of life and ethical issues at the intersection of medicine and business.

Nancy S. Jecker, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the University of Washington School of Law and the Department of Philosophy in Seattle. Dr. Jecker is co-author of Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Futile Treatment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice (Jones and Bartlett, 2011) and Aging and Ethics: Philosophical Problems in Gerontology (Humana Press, 1991). Dr. Jecker’s many articles on ethics and health care have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Hastings Center Report, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Bioethics, and other publications.

Boaz Kahana, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Cleveland State University in Ohio, where he has served as chair of the Department of Psychology. Professor Kahana’s research has focused on trauma survivorship among veterans, Holocaust survivors, and cancer survivors. He has more than 140 refereed publications including authorship of the 2005 book Holocaust Survivors and Immigrants: Late Life Adaptation. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and of the Gerontological Society of America and has served on the editorial boards of several gerontology journals, most recently the Journal of Mental Health and Aging. He has received, among other honors, the Arnold Heller Award for Excellence in Gerontology.

Eva Kahana, PhD, is Robson Professor of the Humanities; Distinguished University Professor in sociology, nursing, medicine, and applied social sciences; and director of the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published more than 170 journal articles and book chapters, co-authored four books, and edited three volumes. An underlying theme in Kahana’s scholarship is the understanding of resilience among elderly persons who encountered stress and trauma in their lives, particularly Holocaust survivors, cancer survivors, and institutionalized elderly people. She has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Career Contribution Award and the Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America.

Carol Levine directs the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund in New York City. She is a fellow of The Hastings Center and former editor of the Hastings Center Report.

Haavi Morreim, JD, PhD, is a professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She does clinical teaching, consulting, and research, with special interests in health care’s changing economics, conflict resolution, and the litigation issues surrounding clinical medical research. Dr. Morreim has authored two books and 150 articles in journals of law, medicine, and bioethics and has presented hundreds of invited lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Morreim is a licensed attorney and an active mediator for both civil and family litigation.

Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MBA, MGH, is an internist-geriatrician who practices in a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) and holds an academic appointment in health policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a health policy scholar at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Stefanacci is chief medical officer of the Access Group and president of the Go4theGoal Foundation, which is dedicated to serving children with pediatric cancer.

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.

Mark J. Yaffe, MD, is a professor of family medicine at McGill University and St. Mary’s Hospital Center in Montreal, Quebec. Family caregiving is one of his areas of clinical and research interest. He has lectured extensively on the topic to both professional and lay audiences and published 22 peer-reviewed papers on caregiver-related themes.

David G. Zacharias, MD, MPH, is a resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.