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. July 2015, Volume 17, Number 7: 712-714.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Patient Care in the ACA Era

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Amanda S. Xi, MD, is a transitional year resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and will be continuing her training at Massachusetts General Hospital in anesthesiology. She graduated in 2015 from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and obtained her BSE and MSE in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to medical ethics, she is interested in social media (she writes at her self-titled blog), health policy, and advancing women in medicine.


Evelyn Chan, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she conducts medical education research. She has conducted research in shared decision making and doctor-patient communication and has interests in emerging technologies and related ethical issues.

Gaurav Jay Dhiman is a third-year medical student at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. After completing his clinical training, he hopes to become a clinical, bioethics, and health policy professor and possibly join a think tank. He has interned for US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Bill Nelson and for the Center for American Progress.

Yvonne M. Diaz, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami (UM) Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, where she completed her medical degree. After completing her residency in internal medicine at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Diaz joined the UM faculty and served as an internal medicine associate program director and, in 2012, was named chief academic officer for the UM health system and assistant dean for graduate medical education (GME). Her focus in this role is on enhancing the learning environment for the GME programs within the UM health system and mentoring young physicians.

Thomas H. Dimmock is a research assistant in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He received his BA in economics and mathematics from Davidson College in 2013.

Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD, is a professor of law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law and a professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is also a lecturer in health care management in the Wharton School and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes and edits the Field Clinic blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer and is the author of Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity Confrontation and Compromise (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Mother of Invention: How the Government Created Free-Market Health Care (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Kevin D. Frick, PhD, is a professor and the vice dean for education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore. He specializes in cost effectiveness analysis.

Bradley Herring, PhD, is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health whose research focuses on a number of economic and public policy issues related to private and public health insurance coverage. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, was a health policy fellow at Yale University, and served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Kieran Holzhauer is a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Her interests in ethics and health policy stem from her undergraduate study of medical and cultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sneha Kannan is a third-year student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who has a BS in bioengineering from MIT. Her interests lie in understanding how medicine, technology, and policy intersect to provide the highest value and quality care.

Kathleen Klink, MD, is the medical director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC, where she focuses on primary care workforce, quality, and access to care, particularly for vulnerable populations. Dr. Klink was a founding faculty member and the director of the Columbia University Center for Family and Community Medicine and chief of service of family medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She served in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 2008, where she worked on legislation to reauthorize title VII of the US Public Health Service Act.

Sharon K. Long, PhD, is an economist and senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, with a long history of research on health reform in Massachusetts. Her Massachusetts work received the AcademyHealth Health Services Research Award in 2012. Dr. Long’s current research continues to focus on evaluations of health reform, including evaluations of the Affordable Care Act and other state interventions.

Andrew R. McNamara, MD, is a fourth-year resident in orthopedics at Saint Louis University Hospital in Missouri, where he has done research in spine and orthopedic trauma. He received his MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2011. Dr. McNamara is interested in health policy and health care reform.

Shivan J. Mehta, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor of gastroenterology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is also director of operations at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is interested in health system improvement, behavioral economics, and population health.

Erin Trish, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles whose research focuses primarily on private health insurance markets. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.