AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Journal of Ethics Header

AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. May 2015, Volume 17, Number 5: 485-487.


  • Print
  • |
  • View PDF

About the Contributors

Theme issue: Observing Professional Boundaries

Theme Issue Editor

Nadi N. Kaonga, MHS, is an MD student at Tufts University Medical School and a predoctoral candidate at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Boston.


Roy Ahn, MPH, ScD, is the director of research and innovation in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his doctorate of science at Harvard School of Public Health.

Zaid Altawil, MD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine, with a focus on vulnerable populations and developing world health systems. Dr. Altawil received his MD from the American University of Beirut.

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and former chief medical officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Her research interests include cancer screening in homeless women, health care utilization in underserved populations, and health care reform for and management of vulnerable populations.

Thomas F. Burke, MD, is chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights and an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, both at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He was the founding director of the MGH Center for Global Health and of the Harvard Summer Program in western Kenya and is the founding president of the Ujenzi Charitable Trust. Dr. Burke is widely recognized as an expert on disruptive innovations for the poor and consequently holds several prestigious grants and awards.

Joseph C. d’Oronzio, PhD, MPH, is an associate faculty member in the master of science in bioethics program and a retired associate clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City. He is founding director of the ProBE Program, which for 22 years has addressed the ethical remediation of physicians charged with unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine. He was the 2003-2004 Raoul Wallenberg Professor in Human Rights at Rutgers University and was a consultant for the New Jersey State Bioethics Commission and New Jersey and New York hospital ethics committees and residency training programs.

Leonard L. Glass, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School, a senior attending psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, and a psychiatrist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Glass is past president and former chair of the ethics committee of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Eric Goepfert, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is the director of consult and liaison psychiatry in the Floating Hospital for Children and has a research and clinical interest in family therapy for autism and medical illnesses.

Shira Heisler, MD, is an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University in Detroit.

Horacio Hojman, MD, is surgical director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and associate director of trauma surgery at Tufts Medical Center and an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He is a member and the incoming chair of the hospital’s ethics committee.

Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is assistant dean of clinical education and associate professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Among her academic areas of interest are professionalism and reflection in medical education. She tweets @Kind4Kids and blogs at

Brian Kroener is a fourth-year student in medicine and public health at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He will begin his internship year at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in the summer of 2015 and has interests in interpersonal and sexual violence prevention, women’s health, and evidence-based primary care.

John M. Mazzullo, MD, is an assistant clinical professor and maintains an active teaching schedule at Tufts School of Medicine in Boston. He was a primary care doctor in general medicine for almost 40 years and for 30 years also maintained a primary care practice in HIV medicine before retiring from clinical practice in 2010.

Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, is a retired clinical ethicist who has taught bioethics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, the Graduate School of Trinity International University in Illinois, the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and the Graduate College of Union University in New York City. He is the author of Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Eerdmans, 2009).

Gordon D. Schiff, MD, is a primary care physician who works as a safety and quality improvement researcher at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care and Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice in Boston. He is a longtime activist and former advocate at Chicago’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Kristina Tester is a research assistant in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She received her BA in African Studies and Global Health from Harvard University and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Emily Thompson is a fourth-year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. She will begin a residency in emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, in July 2015, and plans to pursue a career in pediatric emergency medicine. She has an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Valparaiso University and has interests in global health, immigrant advocacy, and writing.

James M. Thompson, MD, is retired from clinical practice and spends much of his time studying medicine, economics, and various sciences. He completed a BA in chemistry at the University of Oregon, an MD at Oregon Health and Science University, and a rotating internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, which at the time was operated by the US military.