AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2018, Volume 20, Number 4: 414-417.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Ethical Considerations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Theme Issue Editor
Megan Lane is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, where she is a member of the Ethics Path of Excellence. She is also a co-author on an article published in the AMA Journal of Ethics in 2016. She earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Safi Ali-Khan earned his undergraduate degree in Romance languages from New York University and is now completing his MD at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. His professional interests include plastic and craniofacial surgery, with a special focus on pediatric and transgender populations, as well as medical ethics and the relationships between medicine and identity.
Katelyn G. Bennett, MD, is a fifth-year plastic surgery resident at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She obtained her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and plans to complete a craniofacial fellowship after the completion of residency. Her research interests include patient-reported outcomes in cleft and craniofacial surgery and ethical issues in plastic surgery.
J. Rodrigo Diaz-Siso, MD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York City. Dr. Diaz-Siso’s clinical interests include craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, and general reconstructive surgery, and his research interests include vascularized composite allotransplantation, facial transplantation, and surgical education.
Lisa Franczak (a.k.a Lisa Doll), CPCP, is the owner of Rose Red Tattoo and Permanent Makeup in Ellicott City, Maryland, and has been tattooing since 2011. She specializes in custom illustrative body art and natural permanent makeup. She has an associate’s degree in visual arts, is a certified member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, and has advanced training and certifications in permanent cosmetics. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Patient Resource publications, and various online publications.
Jean-Nicolas Gallant, PhD, is a trainee in the MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his PhD on the genetic basis of non-small cell lung cancer. After completing his MD, he plans to complete a residency in otolaryngology with the goals of pursuing a career as a head and neck surgeon, researcher, and ethicist.
Katherine M. Gast, MD, MS, is a staff surgeon at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Daniel George, PhD, is an associate professor of humanities at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He studies Alzheimer’s disease and is also interested in the ethical implications of social media in medicine.
Scott Grant, MD, MBioethics, is a board-certified general and endocrine surgeon with CareMount Medical. He obtained a master of bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed a clinical medical ethics fellowship, and later served as a senior ethics fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He is the Resident and Associate Society liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Ethics and a member of the Association for Academic Surgery Ethics Committee and has authored or co-authored a dozen articles and four book chapters, many on surgical ethics.
Pablo L. Gutierrez is a writer, musician, and medical school applicant.
Ryoko Hamaguchi is a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Debra J. Johnson, MD, is the immediate past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, on the board of directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.
Rami S. Kantar, MD, is a surgery resident and current postdoctoral research fellow in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York City. He is interested in academic and outreach craniofacial reconstructive plastic surgery.
Steven J. Kasten, MD, MHPE, is an associate professor, an associate chair for education in the Department of Surgery, and a faculty member for the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is also the director of Graduate Medical Education Innovation for the medical school and has more than 15 years of experience in residency program leadership and graduate medical education oversight. He received his MD from the University of Michigan and his MHPE from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Michael J. Kirsch is a third-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.
Jeffrey H. Kozlow, MD, MS, is a clinical associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. His clinical practice is focused on reconstructive microsurgery and oncologic reconstruction including postmastectomy breast reconstruction.
William M. Kuzon Jr., MD, PhD, is the chief of surgery at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the Reed O. Dingman Professor of Surgery in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has been the director of surgical services for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Gender Services Program since its inception in 1995.
Alexander Langerman, MD, SM, is a head and neck surgeon and ethicist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, with appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. With a master’s degree in clinical and administrative data science, he also directs the Surgical Analytics Lab at Vanderbilt. His research focuses on the intersection between ethics, data science, and logistics in the operating room, addressing topics such as surgeon-patient decision making, informed consent, surgical transparency, and “black box” recording.
Natalie M. Plana completed her undergraduate studies with a major in natural sciences at Fordham University and is currently pursuing her MD at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. She is also a predoctoral research fellow at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, focusing her efforts on facial transplantation, craniofacial surgery, academic issues in medicine, and surgical education and simulation.
William J. Rifkin is a predoctoral research fellow in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York City, where he is also pursuing his medical degree. His research interests include vascularized composite allotransplantation, facial transplantation, microsurgery, wound healing, and transplantation immunology.
Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, is the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York City. He has performed two full-face and scalp transplantations to date, and his research interests include the technical refinements of facial transplantation as well as ethical aspects of the procedure.
Scott Schweikart, JD, MBE, is a senior research associate for the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs in Chicago, where he is also the legal editor for the AMA Journal of Ethics. Previously, he worked as an attorney editor and reference attorney at Thomson Reuters and practiced law in Chicago. Mr. Schweikart earned his master of bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He has research interests in health law, health policy, and bioethics, particularly reproductive ethics.
Emily Sluiter is a research associate in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Carly P. Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of humanities and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She studies trust in health care institutions and how institutional responses to adverse events can break or protect trust.
Devan Stahl, PhD, MDiv, is an assistant professor of clinical ethics in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University in East Lansing, where she also teaches ethics and medical humanities in the College of Human Medicine and works as a clinical ethics consultant. Dr. Stahl’s research interests include medical fine art, disability studies, and theological bioethics.
Chad M. Teven, MD, is a sixth-year resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed a clinical medical ethics fellowship and is currently a senior ethics fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Next year he will begin a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Manos Tsakiris, PhD, MSc, is a professor of psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. His interdisciplinary research, based on neuroscientific and psychological experimental paradigms as well as on neurophilosophical approaches to selfhood, focuses on empirically identifying the basic neurocognitive principles governing the sense of agency and body-ownership and the interaction between them.
Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA, serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Craniofacial Surgery in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he is also co-chief of the Clinical Ethics Service of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. He completed a fellowship in clinical ethics at the Emory University Center for Ethics and earned a master of arts degree in bioethics from Trinity International University.
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