AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2014, Volume 16, Number 9: 779-781.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Physicians as Agents of Change

Theme Issue Editor

Audiey C. Kao , MD, PhD, is an internist, vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, and editor in chief of Virtual Mentor.


Eugene Boisaubin, MD, is a distinguished teaching professor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of Texas System. He is also a member of the John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical ethics and professionalism to medical and graduate students, residents, and faculty.

John Dittmer, PhD, is professor emeritus of history at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He is the author of Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920; The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Politics of Health Care in America; and Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize.

Martin Donohoe, MD, is an adjunct associate professor at the School of Community Health at Portland State University in Oregon, a senior physician at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Hospital, a member of the Physicians for Social Responsibility Social Justice Committee, and a member of the board of advisors for PSR’s Oregon chapter.

Joshua Freeman, MD, is the Alice M. Patterson, MD, and Harold L. Patterson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School, chief of family medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, and a professor of preventive medicine and public health and of health policy and management. He serves nationally as the secretary-treasurer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and as a member of the board of trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is assistant editor of the journal Family Medicine.

Joseph Gregorio is a second-year law student at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and was the 2014 DePaul American Medical Association summer scholar. He is an active contributor to the DePaul Health Law Institute’s E-Pulse Health Law blog. Joseph received his BS in psychology at Western Illinois University. His research interests are public health law, bioethics, and psychology.

Ira Helfand, MD, is co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and past president of IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. He practices medicine at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Antti Junkkari, BM, is the European student representative of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and a member of IPPNW’s Finnish affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Finland. He is a PhD student at the University of Eastern Finland.

Mark Kuczewski, PhD, is the Fr. Michael I. English, SJ, Professor of Medical Ethics, director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, and the chair of the Department of Medical Education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Much of his recent work advocates for fair treatment for undocumented immigrants in the health system and in medical education.

Bharat Kumar, MD, is a fellow physician specializing in rheumatology and allergy/immunology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Rebecca Lunstroth, JD, MA, is an instructor in family medicine and the assistant director of the John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is a co-director of the Professionalism and Ethics and the Ethics of Biomedical Sciences courses, and she frequently lectures on the United States health care system, justice, and the legal and ethical issues in health care.

Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society; and a professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ogebe Onazi, MD, is deputy chair of the Board of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He practices medicine at the General Hospital Angware in Jos, Nigeria.

Phil Perry, MSJ, is assistant editor of Virtual Mentor.

Cristina Richie is writing her PhD dissertation on green bioethics in the theology department at Boston College. She has taught health care ethics at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston and published in more than a dozen journals.

Dorothy E. Roberts, JD, is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, a professor of Africana studies, and the director of the Program on Race, Science, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Gordon Schiff, MD, is associate director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and an associate physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a founding member and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Catherine Thomasson, MD, is the executive director and a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington, DC. She is an internist whose advocacy has centered on climate change and public health.

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, is the director of patient and physician engagement for improving health outcomes at the American Medical Association in Chicago, a clinical assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Chicago, and the director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.