AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2014, Volume 16, Number 11: 952-954.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Medicine's Role in Validating Sexual Norms


Gregory S. Blaschke, MD, MPH, is division head of general pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He is the current chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues.

Jill Blumenthal, MD, is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellow studying HIV at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla. Her expertise is in clinical research with an emphasis on HIV prevention in HIV-negative people and treatment as prevention for individuals already infected with HIV.

Arthur Caplan, PhD, is the director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books and 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent book is Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Abigail Cline, PhD, is a second-year medical student at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. She received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Georgia in 2012.

Eli Coleman, PhD, is a professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He holds the first and only endowed academic chair in sexual health and is the president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He is also one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Transgenderism and the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Richard H. Haubrich, MD, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla. Since joining the UCSD faculty in 1991, Dr. Haubrich has focused on clinical research related to antiretroviral therapy and the medical management of HIV-infected patients.

Charles Moser, PhD, MD, a specialist in sexual medicine, is a professor and chair of the Department of Sexual Medicine at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and associated with the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco.

Mary A. Ott, MD, MA, is an associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine and an adjunct associate professor of philosophy and bioethics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Ott completed a pediatric residency and an adolescent medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree in philosophy and bioethics at IUPUI. Her research focuses on community-based adolescent STI and pregnancy prevention and the ethics of working with vulnerable adolescent populations on sensitive issues.

P. Justin Rossi is an MD-PhD candidate at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He graduated from Harvard University and was an associate fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. His research interests concern the ethical implications of advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies.

Edward Shorter, PhD, is Jason A. Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine and a professor of psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research centers on the history of psychiatry and the history of sexuality.

Adam Sonfield, MPP, is a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute in Washington, DC, and the executive editor and a regular contributor to its journal, the Guttmacher Policy Review. His portfolio includes research and policy analysis on public and private financing of reproductive health care in the United States, the rights and responsibilities of clinicians and patients, and men’s sexual and reproductive health. His recent focus has been the enactment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its potential impact on family planning coverage, services, programs, and providers.

Leonore Tiefer, PhD, is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and an author, therapist, and sexology activist. In 1999 she initiated the “New View Campaign” to challenge the medicalization of sexuality. She has lectured around the world and was featured in the documentary Orgasm Inc. (2009). She is the author of Sex Is Not a Natural Act and Other Essays (Westview Press, 1995 and 2004).

Melissa Weddle, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. She is a general pediatrician who is interested in adolescent health, effective communication, and pediatric ethics.

Richard Weinmeyer, JD, MPhil, is a senior research associate for the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs in Chicago. 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 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 School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. His research interests are in public health law, bioethics, and biomedical research regulation.

Philip Zachariah, MD, is a postdoctoral clinical fellow in pediatric infectious diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and a master’s candidate in patient-oriented research at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. He serves on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Provisional Section on Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Health and Wellness. He is interested in pediatric health services research with a focus on quality improvement, health disparities, and patient advocacy.