AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2005, Volume 7, Number 7.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Access to Care.

Richard Albert, MD, is a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado and is chief of the Department of Medicine at DenverHealth Medical Center.

G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, is an instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and affiliate faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Julia Feliz Alvarado, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

January Angeles, MPP, is a research analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Ms Angeles' primary areas of research include Medicare, health care financing, and quality of care. Before joining AIR, Ms Angeles was a health analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. She earned her masters in public policy from the University of California-Berkley and her bachelor of arts in psychology from Oberlin College.

Robert C. Bowman, MD, has directed rural medical education efforts at 2 medical schools and 2 national associations, the National Rural Health Association and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, since his initial rural practice in Nowata, Oklahoma. For questions about rural physician careers or outcomes, contact him at

Michael F. Cannon is the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. Previously, Mr. Cannon served as a domestic policy analyst at the US Senate Republican Policy Committee under Senator Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), where he advised Senate leadership, as health care policy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation in Washington, DC, and as deputy organization director of McSlarrow for Congress in Northern Virginia.

Richard L. Cruess, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and a member of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. He previously served as chair of orthopaedics and dean of the faculty of medicine at McGill University. He is currently an officer of The Order of Canada and of L'Ordre National du Québec. Since 1995 he has carried out independent research on professionalism in medicine.

Sylvia R. Cruess, MD, is an endocrinologist, a professor of medicine, and a member of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. She previously served as director of the Metabolic Day Centre and as medical director of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She was also a member of the Deschamps Commission on Conduct of Research on Humans in Establishments. Since 1995 she has carried out research on professionalism in medicine.

Ed Farrell, MD, has served at the Stout Street Clinic of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for 11 years. He regularly works with medical students, resident physicians, and other clinic staff to ensure a successful student-run Saturday clinic during the medical school year.

William Hensel, MD, a is professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC-SOM), North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC-AHEC), and the Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency Program.

Judi Hilman, MA, is the health policy director at Utah Issues, Center for Poverty Research and Action. Her work covers a wide range of policy issues impacting the uninsured, low-income, medically underserved, people with disabilities, and ethnic and cultural minorities.

Mila Kofman, JD, is an assistant research professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University. She studies the private health insurance market—consumer protection and regulation, new products, and state and federal reforms.

Kathleen Nathan Lowe, MSW, ACSW, CMSW, is a clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, where she works at The Center for Aging Research and Educational Services within The Jordan Institute for Families.

Marilyn Moon, PhD, is vice president and director of the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Before joining AIR she served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and as a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds. Dr. Moon's primary interests are Medicare, aging issues, and health care financing. She has written extensively on drug and other reform issues in Medicare. She earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, is an associate professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is author of The Political Life of Medicare and currently holds a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics.

Ann O'Fallon, BSN, MA, is the refugee health coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she provides overall planning, coordination, evaluation, and grants management for Minnesota's Refugee Health Program. She also offers clinical consultation and education to physicians, county public health staff and other heath care providers.

Sara Rosenbaum, JD, is the Hirsh Professor of Law and Policy and chair of the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Professor Rosenbaum has focused her career on health care for low-income, minority, and medically underserved populations. She has been named one of America's 500 most influential health policymakers and has been recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for distinguished national service on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries.

Albert J. Schumacher, MD, a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, is president of the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. Schumacher is strongly committed to student leadership training programs that help develop medicine's professional leaders of tomorrow.

Aaron Shakow is a special consultant to the World Health Organization's (WHO) HIV health worker training program. Prior to this appointment, he was an advisor on health policy in the WHO HIV/AIDS Department.

Hasan Shanawani, MD, MPH is on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Medicine where he is a practicing pulmonary and critical care physician. He is part the University of Michigan Program for Bioethics where he studies ethics and policy issues related to genetics and critical care research.

Sara Wilensky, JD, MPP, is an assistant research professor of health policy and managing director of the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, DC. Professor Wilensky teaches health policy and conducts research at George Washington University. She leads projects on safety net issues, with a focus on financing and access to care barriers faced by vulnerable and underserved populations with an emphasis on community health center issues.

Carla Y. Willis, PhD, is a senior economist with the AMA Health Policy Group, Division of Socioeconomic Policy. Prior to coming to the AMA in 1997, she researched alternative approaches to health care financing in Africa. She received her bachelors degree in biology from Oberlin College and her doctorate in economics from Boston University.

Theme Issue Editor

Kerri Hecox, MD, is a family physician and currently an MPH candidate at the University of North Carolina. She will soon begin work as medical director of a community health center in Medford, Oregon.

Staff Contributors

Christian J. Krautkramer
Justin List, MAR

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