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. August 2015, Volume 17, Number 8: 812-814.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine

Theme Issue Editor

Hannah L. Kushnick, MA, is the senior associate editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics. Her master’s degree is in bioethics and health policy.


Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, is a professor of medical science and the former dean of medicine and biological sciences at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. A member of the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Adashi has focused his scholarship on domestic and global health policy at the nexus of medicine, law, ethics, and social justice.

Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, MD, MA, is a PhD candidate in health care ethics and a teaching assistant in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University in St. Louis. He is interested in virtue-based approaches to issues in medical education and practice, including physician-pharmaceutical industry interactions, virtue epistemology, and philosophy of medicine.

Sandy H. Ahn, JD, LLM, is a research fellow in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms within the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Ms. Ahn’s research areas include implementation of the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on industry practices and health insurance regulation at both the state and federal level.

Gerard Anderson, PhD, is a professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the director of the Center for Hospital Finance and Management at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. For the 15 years prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1983, Dr. Anderson worked in the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Erin L. Bakanas, MD, is a professor and primary care physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the co-director of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she also teaches medical ethics and serves as chair of the Saint Louis University Hospital ethics committee.

David F. Essi, MA, is a doctor of pharmacy student in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his MA in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in 2011.

Erin C. Fuse Brown, JD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the College of Law and a faculty member in the Center for Law, Health and Society at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is interested in the intersection of business and regulation in health care delivery systems. Her recent scholarship has focused on hospital prices, the evaluation of laws and policies to regulate health care spending, and political and market challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of health care coverage.

Rachel D. Havyer, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine and a consultant in primary care internal medicine and palliative medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She received her MD from the Mayo Medical School and did her postgraduate training in internal medicine at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Havyer is interested in improving the care and experience of patients and caregivers through scholarly work in palliative care and population health.

Bradley Herring, PhD, is an associate professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore 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.

C. Christopher Hook, MD, is an associate professor; a consultant in hematology, internal medicine, and in the Special Coagulation Laboratory; and chair of the Enterprise Ethics Education Committee at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At the Mayo Clinic, he founded the Clinical Ethics Council and the ethics consultation service, among other clinical ethics services. He received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and did his postgraduate training in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

Tobin Klusty is pursuing his JD at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. His research focuses on the intersection of health law and civil rights, and he also has an interest in public policy.

Ashvini K. Reddy, MD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. A member of many medical societies, she serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Online Education Committee and was the theme issue editor for the December 2010 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics on ethical issues in ophthalmology. Her specialties include ocular immunology and the medical treatment of retinal diseases, and her complementary research interests are autoimmune retinal disease, outer retinopathies, intraocular lymphoma, and infectious uveitis.

Taeho Greg Rhee, AM, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His research interests focus on health care disparities and pharmaco-epidemiological issues in the use of psychiatric medications, drug safety, and access to pharmaceutical care. He holds an AB in economics and mathematics from Emory University and an AM in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

Julie M.G. Rogers, PhD, is a fourth-year medical student at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. She holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Rogers is interested in disability ethics, especially as it pertains to intellectual disability and end-of-life care.

Tyler Zahrli is a third-year MD/PhD student in health care ethics and the coordinator of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis.