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. May 2016, Volume 18, Number 5: 560-563.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Clinical Ethics Consultation

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Karel-Bart Celie is a second-year medical student in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City, where he is a member of the Columbia-Bassett program. Prior to medical school, he studied philosophy at Boston College, and he hopes to combine a career in surgery with ethics. His philosophical interests include bioethics, personhood in medical ethics, and metaphysics.


George Annas, JD, MPH, is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor in the schools of public health, medicine, and law at Boston University, where he is also the director of the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights. He has authored or edited 20 books on health law and bioethics, including The Rights of Patients (New York University Press, 2004), Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2011), and, most recently, with Sherman Elias, Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future (Harper Collins, 2015).

Mark P. Aulisio, PhD, is the Susan E. Watson Professor and chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Aulisio’s scholarly interests in clinical bioethics include ethics committees and consultation, ethics and professionalism, end-of-life decision making, and the principle of double effect.

Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD, MA, is a professor and clinical ethicist (in person and remote) at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, specializing in organ donation and transplant ethics, including issues involving vascularized composite allotransplantation. She has performed over 900 ethics consults and has published extensively in her field, including, with Rena Brown, The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011) and Finding Your Way: A Medical Ethics Handbook for Patients and Families (Hilton Publishing, 2012).

Danielle Chaet, MSB, is a research associate for the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs in Chicago. Her work involves researching, developing, and disseminating ethics policy and analyzing current issues and opinions in bioethics. She obtained her master of science degree in bioethics, with a focus on clinical policy and clinical ethics consultation, from the joint program of Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Joseph J. Fins, MD, is the E. William Davis, Jr., MD, Professor of Medical Ethics, chief of the medical ethics division, and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He is also the director of medical ethics at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a senior research scholar and Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law at Yale Law School.

Ellen Fox, MD, is a professor of bioethics at Clarkson University in Schenectady, New York, the founder and CEO of Fox Ethics Consulting, and director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Altarum Institute. Throughout her career as a health care ethics consultant, educator, researcher, and policymaker, she has focused on improving health care by improving ethics programs and practices.

Cynthia M.A. Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSB, DPS, is acting health care ethicist at the Veterans Affairs National Center for Ethics in Health Care, the chief of consultation psychiatry and ethics at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and a professor of psychiatry and the director of ethics education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. Dr. Geppert’s interests include ethics consultation; medical and ethics education; and the clinical and ethical issues involved in the practice of psychosomatic medicine, addiction and pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.

Michael Grodin, MD, is a professor in the schools of public health and medicine at Boston University, where he is on the faculty at the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights. He is also a medical ethicist at Boston Medical Center. His scholarly interests focus on health and human rights and bioethics and medicine during the Holocaust.

Carolyn Johnston, LLM, MA, PhD, is adviser of the Medical Ethics and Law program at GKT School of Medical Education at King’s College, London, UK. Her research interests include advance decision making and adolescent refusal of treatment. She recently co-authored, with Penelope Bradbury, the second edition of 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law (CRC Press, 2015).

Alexander A. Kon, MD, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla and a pediatric intensivist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The president-elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and former chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, his academic focus is on complex decision making for critically ill and injured patients.

Hannah I. Lipman, MD, MS, is an associate professor of clinical medicine and the director of bioethics education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. She is also the associate director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center.

Tia Powell, MD, is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and also director of the Einstein Cardozo master in bioethics program and a professor of clinical epidemiology and clinical psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Kenneth Prager, MD, is a professor of medicine, the director of medical ethics, and the chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. A practicing pulmonologist, Dr. Prager is heavily involved in policy formulation and teaching medical ethics. His areas of particular interest involve medical futility and medical decision making for patients lacking capacity.

David S. Seres, MD, ScM, is an associate professor of medicine in the Institute of Human Nutrition, an associate clinical ethicist, and the director of medical nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He has been a practicing nutrition support specialist for 26 years and studies complications and disparities in medical decision making that pertain to artificial feeding.

Wayne Shelton, PhD, is a professor of medicine and bioethics in the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, where he teaches in the medical school curriculum and the graduate program in bioethics. He is also a clinical ethics consultant at Albany Medical Center Hospital. His areas of interest are clinical ethics and medical education.

Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD, is an emergency physician and an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, an attending physician in the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital emergency medicine residency program, and a member of the ethics consultation service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, all in New York City. His primary academic research is in philosophy of medicine; he also writes on medical ethics.

Maj. Robert J. Walter, MD, DHCE, is an assistant professor of medicine in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and the consultant for medical ethics to the US Army Surgeon General. He also serves as the chair of the institutional bioethics committee at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and his doctorate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University.

Rachel Yarmolinsky, MS, serves on the Columbia University Medical Center Ethics Committee and on the steering committee of that center’s National Human Genome Research Institute-supported Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics in New York City. Her current interests are in organizational ethics, clinical ethics consultation, and research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomics and biotechnology.