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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2015, Volume 17, Number 3: 284-286.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology

Theme Issue Editor

Matthew L. Edwards is a third-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston. Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and received a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He received a Wood Library-Museum Fellowship in Anesthesiology in 2013 and the American Osler Society’s William B. Bean Student Research Award in 2014. His research has been published in Anesthesiology, the Bulletin of Anesthesia History, and Sociological Insight.


Donald Caton, MD, is an emeritus professor of anesthesiology and of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine and previously served as director of obstetric anesthesia at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He is the author of What a Blessing She Had Chloroform (Yale University Press, 1999) and was named the 2004 Wood Library-Museum Laureate of the History of Anesthesia.

Brian B. Drwecki, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He received his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the psychology of racial bias and prejudice in American social institutions, including their effects on medical decision making.

Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, is the chief quality officer of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the founding executive director of the ASA’s Anesthesia Quality Institute, and a member of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He served as an attending anesthesiologist at the National Naval Medical Center while on active duty and is a member of ASA and federal committees working to develop measures for anesthesia performance, perioperative patient experience, and new models of health care.

Lee A. Goeddel, MD, MPH, is a chief resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. After completing his residency training, Dr. Goeddel plans to pursue fellowships in both critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesia.

Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD, is vice chair of the Division of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology, associate professor of anesthesiology, and medical director of the University Pain Institute at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Gupta is the author of Interventional Pain Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Jason D. Hall, JD, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and serves as vice speaker of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section. After graduating from medical school, he plans to pursue a residency in anesthesiology.

Stephen Jackson, MD, is a member of the Anesthesiology Department and past chief of staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, and has been chair of the hospital’s bioethics committee for the past two decades. He was chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Committee on Ethics from 1992 to 2002. He co-edited the textbook Clinical Ethics in Anesthesiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and co-authored a chapter on anesthesiology’s contributions to medical ethics in The Wondrous Story of Anesthesia (Springer, 2014).

Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD, is a professor in and the chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, director of the anesthesiology residency program, and assistant dean for student affairs at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. She is editor in chief of the Survey of Anesthesiology, an associate editor of Clinical Decision Support: Anesthesiology, and a member of the editorial board of Current Reviews in Clinical Anesthesia. Her academic interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education and the history of anesthesiology.

Michael F. O’Connor, MD, is the section head of critical care medicine and a professor of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. His practice as an intensivist has routinely included the management of patients undergoing extracorporeal life support.

Allan B. Peetz, MD, is a surgical critical care fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is also completing a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard’s Center for Bioethics. His research interests include ethical issues in trauma surgery and in vulnerable surgical populations.

Nicholas Sadovnikoff, MD, is an assistant professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is also an intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is co-director of the surgical intensive care units, director of the fellowship in anesthesia-critical care medicine, and co-chair of the hospital ethics committee.

Gail A. Van Norman, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and an adjunct professor of biomedical ethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Thomas R. Vetter, MD, MPH, is the Maurice S. Albin Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, the vice chair and director of the Division of Pain Medicine, and the medical director of the Preoperative Assessment, Consultation and Treatment Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

David B. Waisel, MD, is an associate professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Anna Woodbury, MD, is an anesthesiologist and pain management physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Her scholarly interests include research in integrative medicine and non-narcotic pain management.

Katherine L. Zaleski, MD, is a clinical fellow in pediatric anaesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital.