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. February 2017, Volume 19, Number 2: 214-217.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Legitimacy and Authority in Medicine

Theme Issue Editor

William R. Smith is a third-year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and a PhD candidate in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy in South Bend, Indiana. Previously, he was a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institute of Health’s Clinical Center. His recent research has focused on role morality, legitimacy in health care, and the ethics of radiation policy in medical imaging.


Megan Allyse, PhD, is a sociologist and bioethicist who serves on the faculty of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research. She specializes in women’s health policy and health care delivery, particularly in reproductive contexts. Dr. Allyse is an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Arthur Isak Applbaum, MPP, PhD, is the Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of Ethics for Adversaries: The Morality of Roles in Public and Professional Life (Princeton University Press, 2000) and is completing a book on political legitimacy.

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.

Norman Daniels, PhD, is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and a professor of ethics and population health in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. His most recent books include Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Setting Limits Fairly: Learning to Share Resources for Health, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2008); From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and Is Inequality Bad for Our Health? (Beacon Press, 2000). His current research is on justice and health policy, including priority setting in health systems, fairness and health systems reform, health inequalities, and intergenerational justice.

Marion Danis, MD, is head of the Section on Ethics and Health Policy in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, and is also chief of the ethics consultation service at the NIH Clinical Center. She holds BA and MD degrees from the University of Chicago and trained in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health and on finding strategies for fairly rationing limited health care resources by involving the public.

Leonard M. Fleck, PhD, is a professor of philosophy and medical ethics in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He is the author of Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation (Oxford University Press, 2009). His research focuses on the role of rational democratic deliberation in addressing issues related to health care cost containment and allocation, and more recently, he has explored a number of ethical and policy issues related to cancer, genetics, and precision medicine.

Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD, is a professor of medical education, the associate director of the Program in Professionalism & Values, and the associate dean for professionalism at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He currently sits on the American Board of Medical Specialties Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and the editorial board of Academic Medicine. His research focuses on the evolution of medicine’s professionalism movement, mapping social networks within medical education, the application of complexity theory to medical training, issues of medical socialization, and disability studies.

Govind Persad, JD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His research focuses on ethical and distributive justice issues connected with health care financing and health insurance as well as health law. He also has published in research ethics and other areas of applied ethics.

Wendy A. Rogers, BMBS, PhD, holds a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Department of Clinical Medicine at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She initially trained as a general practitioner before undertaking a PhD in medical ethics. She has research interests in overdiagnosis, the ethics of organ donation, vulnerability, research ethics, surgical ethics, feminist bioethics, and conflicts of interest in health care.

Philip M. Rosoff, MD, MA, is a professor of pediatrics (oncology) and medicine at Duke University Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, where he is also a member scholar in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine and chair of Duke Hospital’s ethics committee. His latest book is Drawing the Line: Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem (Oxford University Press, 2017). His scholarly interest is in the area of the equitable distribution of scarce resources (rationing).

Michael A. Rubin, MD, MA, is an assistant professor of neurology, neurotherapeutics, and neurosurgery at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. A neurointensivist, Dr. Rubin is chair of the UT Southwestern University Hospitals ethics committee and the ethics section of the Neurocritical Care Society and vice chair of the ethics section of the American Academy of Neurology. His research interests include futility, clinical ethics consultation, brain death determination, and neuroethics.

James E. Sabin, MD, is a clinical professor in the Departments of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston and director of the ethics program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit regional health services program. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center and a member of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. His current research focuses on citizen participation in overseeing health policy and practice and the ethics of organizations.

John Z. Sadler, MD, is the Daniel W. Foster, MD Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of psychiatry and clinical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is also an attending psychiatrist at the affiliated Parkland Behavioral Health Center and an ethics consultant for Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. His research focuses on the philosophy and ethics of psychiatric diagnosis and classification, relationships between criminality and mental disorder, and clinical and research ethics.

Jon C. Tilburt, MD, MPH, is professor of biomedical ethics and medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He is also a consultant in the Division of Internal Medicine and a faculty member in the Biomedical Ethics Program and in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the Mayo Clinic.

Robert D. Truog, MD, is the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesia, & Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he serves as director of the Center for Bioethics. At Boston Children’s Hospital, he has been an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit for over 30 years and serves as the executive director of the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice.

Mary Jean Walker, PhD, is a research fellow in the ethics program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science in the Philosophy Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She works primarily in bioethics, with interests in how emerging biotechnologies and health care trends could affect conceptual change and the ethical implications of these factors.