AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2006, Volume 8, Number 10: 701-702.

Contributors

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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Parental Competence in Medical Caregiving and Decision Making.

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv, is deputy director and research associate at The Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit bioethics research institute in Garrison, NY., that explores fundamental and emerging questions in health care, biotechnology and the environment. Her current research interests include ethics of end-of-life care and ethics of health care chaplaincy, conscientious objection in health care, and disclosure and fair compensation after medical injury.

David N. Collier, MD, PhD, is assistant professor of pediatrics and family medicine and vice chair for pediatric research at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C. He is a co-director of the Pediatric Health Weight Research and Treatment Center at ECU. Obesity is the primary focus of his current research.

Sharon Hirsch, MD, is the interim section chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She has conducted research in autism, bipolar disorder and genetics. She is currently interested in understanding the etiology of aggression in children and adolescents.

Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, is a child psychiatry and research fellow at the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include social neuroscience and developmental disorders including autism and childhood anxiety. Her clinical interests are group-level interventions and treatment.

Arthur F. Kohrman, MD, is professor emeritus in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. He was an associate dean of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, professor and associate chair of pediatrics at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and president of La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Kohrman has also been a congressional fellow in the Office of Technology Assessment and has served as chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dianne McBrien, MD, is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She is also the co-director of the Down Syndrome Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Iowa.

John C. Moskop, PhD, is professor of medical humanities at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C., and director of the Bioethics Center, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. His research interests include ethical issues in end-of-life care and emergency medicine ethics.

Rebecca Sheffield is a third-year medical student at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and is interested in child psychiatry.

Peter J. Smith, MD, MA, is assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and chief of the medical staff at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, Ill. His research interests include the impact of individuals with marked differentness (e.g., mental retardation, autism, developmental delay) on doctors in training. His clinical service involves bringing the subspecialties of neurodevelopmental disabilities and developmental and behavioral pediatrics to populations of children who live in stressed neighborhoods.

Joseph R. Zanga, MD, is professor of pediatrics, Jefferson Pilot Distinguished Professor in Primary Care and assistant dean for generalist programs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C. His research interests are in pediatric ethics, child protection, adolescent health and physician workforce issues.

Staff contributors

Emily E. Anderson, MPH, is a fellow in the Institute of Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. She is completing her doctorate degree in health care ethics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.

Lee Black, LLM, is a policy analyst for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill. Prior To joining the AMA, he was a staff attorney with the Legislative Reference Bureau in Springfield, where he drafted legislation for the Illinois General Assembly.

Theme issue editor

Gretchen Hermes, PhD, MTS, is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She received a BA in English language and literature from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School, founding an on-campus organization dedicated to the study of religion and healing. She was assistant curator of “Emotions and Disease,” an exhibit at the National Institutes of Medicine. Her doctorate from the University of Chicago through the Committee on Human Development examined the biological effects of chronic social isolation; her postdoctoral fellowship included an examination of the neurodegenerative changes associated with chronic infection with Toxoplasma gondii.