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. April 2017, Volume 19, Number 4: 406-409.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Moral Psychology and “Difficult” Clinician-Patient Relationships

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James Aluri, MA, is a third-year medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received a BA in biological sciences and in musical studies from the University of Southern California and an MA from the Bioethics & Society Programme at King’s College London. His scholarship in bioethics continued when he spent a year as a research associate with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. His research interests focus on medical ethics education and the history of medical education.


Carrol Alvarez, MS, RN, is a clinical nurse specialist for psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she is also an ethics consultant. Her areas of interest include treatment of people with personality and affective disorders and ethical issues that arise for people with psychiatric illnesses or addictions when they are in health care settings.

William T. Branch, Jr., MD, is the Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the former director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He also previously taught at Harvard Medical School. He is known for his work in primary care practice and training and in teaching the patient-doctor relationship to medical students.

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.

Farr A. Curlin, MD, is the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is also an active palliative medicine physician and holds appointments in both the School of Medicine and the Divinity School, where he is working with colleagues to develop a new interdisciplinary community of scholarship and training focused on the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture. Dr. Curlin’s empirical research describes variations in physicians’ attitudes and clinical practices across a range of clinical domains, focusing particularly on the extent to which differences in physicians’ practices are accounted for by differences in their religious characteristics, and his ethics scholarship engages moral questions raised by these religion-associated differences in physicians’ practices.

Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, is a professor and the chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where she is also chief of the UW Medicine Ethics Consultation Service. She is co-editor, with Paul J. Ford, of Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her areas of scholarly interest include clinical ethics, organizational ethics, ethical issues in end-of-life care, and ethical issues in mechanical circulatory support.

Alicia Fernandez, MD, is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending physician at the Richard H. Fine People’s Clinic and the medical wards at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Her research and scholarly interests are in health disparities and medical education.

Maura George, MD, is an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is also an internist in the Grady Primary Care Center and serves as chair of the ethics committee of the Society of General Internal Medicine and co-chair of the Grady Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. Her academic interests include the social determinants of health and medical ethics.

Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, MD, MS, is a physician fellow in clinical and health services research at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and an epidemiology PhD student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis. She is interested in primary care and health disparities research, particularly concerning the effects of people’s life experiences and identities on chronic disease prevention, diagnosis, and management.

Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, is Chancellor’s Professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, philanthropy, and medical humanities and health studies at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He has special interests in ethics and education.

Peter R. Gunderman, MTS, is a third-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He has special interests in the intersections between medicine and theology.

Michael Hawking, MD, MSc, is a first-year resident physician in internal medicine at the University of Chicago. He is also a research scholar at the Hyde Park Institute and coordinates its medical ethics programming. He received an MD from the University of Michigan, an MSc in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His interests center on the application of virtue ethics to physician formation and clinical practice as well as on care and ethics at the end of life.

Jonathan B. Imber, PhD, is the Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the author of Abortion and Private Practice of Medicine (Yale University Press, 1986; Transaction Publishers, 2017) and Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Authority in American Medicine (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also editor-in-chief of Society.

Micah Johnson is a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Oxford, where he studied philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar. He plans to work in clinical medicine, health policy, and ethics.

Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH, is a core investigator at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A general internist with an active primary care practice, she also serves as the women’s health medical director for the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Her research focuses on chronic pain management in primary care and benefits and harms of opioid analgesics.

Bernard Lo, MD, is president of the Greenwall Foundation in New York. He is also professor emeritus of medicine and director emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco. A member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine, IOM), Dr. Lo chaired IOM committees that made recommendations on conflicts of interest in medicine and on responsible sharing of clinical trial data. He is the author of Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013).

Federica Lucivero, PhD, is a Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London (KCL). She is also the KCL representative in the working group on mHealth guidelines at the European Commission. With expertise spanning different areas and disciplines—ethics and social studies of science and technology, governance of innovation, philosophy of science and technology—she conducts research on the ethical, social, and political aspects of mobile health solutions.

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc, is an associate professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, where she serves as director of research at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and executive medical director of community health innovation for University of Chicago Medicine. In these capacities, she provides clinical care, teaches, and does health services research in the area of health disparities. Dr. Peek is also a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar, the associate director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and an inaugural faculty fellow of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. Her research focuses on the ethical responsibility of physicians to address health disparities.

Andrew Thurston, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and the medical director of the supportive and palliative care service at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is board certified in internal medicine as well as hospice and palliative medicine and has clinical interests spanning both geriatrics and palliative care. His educational interests include empathetic communication skills training and the use of narrative medicine.

Merel Visse, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands. As both a scholar and an artist, currently, her research program inquires into the meaning of visual art (practice) in the interdisciplinary field of care theory, inquiry, and ethics.

John D. Yoon, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and the assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. He maintains a faculty affiliation with the University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion, the MacLean Center of Clinical Medical Ethics, and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. He is an academic hospitalist, clinical ethicist, and medical educator with research interests in the field of virtue ethics, moral psychology, and moral and professional formation in medical education.