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. November 2016, Volume 18, Number 11: 1160-1163.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Transgender Health and Medicine

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Cameron R. Waldman is a second-year medical student at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Prior to entering medical school, Cameron graduated with a BA in philosophy and worked as a research assistant at the Hastings Center, an institute for bioethics and public policy.


Timothy Cavanaugh, MD, is a family practitioner and the medical director for the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston.

Danielle Hahn 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 earned a 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.

Cary S. Crall, MD, is a first-year resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program in Boston. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School. His research interests include LGBTQ mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, and medical education.

Carmen Antonela Croicu, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She performs her clinical work at Harborview Medical Center, where she has worked on the inpatient and consult services.

Madeline B. Deutsch, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of clinical family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is also director of transgender care. Her research interests include the use of electronic medical records and telemedicine in transgender clinical care, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for transgender populations, and developing capacity-building activities and resources for individuals and institutions seeking to improve transgender care quality.

Elizabeth Dietz is a project manager and research assistant at the Hastings Center in Garrison, New York. Her research focuses on queer and feminist issues in bioethics.

Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD, is a psychiatry resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development.

Jessica Halem, MBA, is the program manager for the LGBT Office in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Previously, Jessica was the executive director of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago where she created a cultural competency curriculum in LGBTQ health and trained health care professionals throughout Illinois.

Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD, is the coordinator for the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston.

Rachel K. Jackson is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her BS from Portland State University and plans to pursue residency training in family medicine. Rachel’s professional interests include the primary care of LGBTQ adults and adolescents, mental health, suicide prevention, addiction, transgender care, sexual health, and wilderness medicine.

Cei Lambert, MFA, is the transgender patient advocate at Fenway Health in Boston.

Jamie Lindemann Nelson, PhD, is a professor of philosophy at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She is also a fellow of the Hastings Center and co-editor of IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Her work on philosophical and bioethical issues sparked by gender and transgender has appeared in The Hastings Center Report, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, among other places.

Khadija Mitu, PhD, is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. She earned her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where her research focused on the development and practices of fertility preservation technologies. Her current research interests include reproductive technologies, cryopolitics, transgender health, and gender studies.

Timothy F. Murphy, PhD, is professor of philosophy in the biomedical sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He has analyzed the ethics of fertility preservation for transgender people, access to fertility treatments by transgender people, and ethical issues faced by transgender medical students. He has also written on the ethics of genetic modifications to human descendants.

Suzanne B. Murray, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her residency and geriatric fellowship in 2002. She directed the University of Washington Medical Center Consult Liaison service from 2006-2015 and continues to work clinically on the consult service while serving as the medical center’s residency program director.

Henry Ng, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics and the assistant dean for admissions at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is also clinical director of the PRIDE Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Jennifer Piel, JD, MD, is an assistant professor and an associate residency director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also a staff psychiatrist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. An adult and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Piel has severed as an expert consultant on a variety of cases involving medical-legal issues, and her scholarly work focuses on topics in law and medicine.

Jennifer Potter, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she is also director of women’s health research at the Fenway Institute.

Tia Powell, MD, is a psychiatrist, bioethicist, and professor of clinical epidemiology and clinical psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where she is also director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Society, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Hastings Center. Her work focuses on ethical aspects of dementia, public health disasters, and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, is the director of research and education at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University in New York City, with research interests focus on LGBT disparities and HIV prevention.

Sari Reisner, ScD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, an associate scientific researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston. He is also an affiliated research scientist at the Fenway Institute. Dr. Reisner’s research focuses on sexual and gender minority health with a specialization in local, national, and global transgender health.

Ryan K. Sallans, MA, is the lead subject matter expert consultant for Affiliate Risk Management Services, Inc., in New York City, where he develops e-learning courses for health care professionals seeking CME in LGBTQ health care. He is also a public speaker, diversity trainer, publisher, and author of the book Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life (Scout Publishing, 2012).

Sophia Shapiro, MD, is a resident in emergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2016. Her research interests are in LGBT health and implicit bias.

Ed Stein, JD, PhD, is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he is the founding director of the Gertrud Mainzer Program in Family Law, Policy and Bioethics. His publications include The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory and Ethics of Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 1999), and Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science (Oxford University Press, 1996). His scholarship focuses on legal and philosophical topics related to families, sexual orientation, gender, reproduction, cognition, and science.