AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2011, Volume 13, Number 6: 413-415.

Contributors

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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Complementary and Alternative Therapies--Medicine's Response

Theme Issue Editor

Kara J. Gulewicz is completing her third year of medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her BA in biology from Cornell University and has authored papers on animal behavior published in Behavioral Neuroscience and the Journal of Zoology. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of science, ethics, and philosophy and encompass the tensions between science and non-evidence-based claims, including religion and alternative medicine.

Contributors

Steve Agocs, DC, is a chiropractor and associate professor of chiropractic history and technique. He oversees senior intern clinical work at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas, and sees patients at Kansas City Free Health Clinic in Missouri, a large multidisciplinary free clinic serving the Kansas City community.

Kimball C. Atwood, MD, practices anesthesiology at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, and is an editor and regular author at the Science-Based Medicine blog, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a member of the boards of Citizens for Responsible Care and Research (CIRCARE) and the Institute for Science in Medicine (ISM). From 2001 to 2003 he served on the Massachusetts Special Commission to Study Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners and wrote its minority report opposing licensure for naturopaths.

David J. Becker, MD, is a cardiologist in private practice at Chestnut Hill Cardiology in Philadelphia. His research interests include the effects of lifestyle changes and supplements on the prevention of coronary artery disease.

Deepak Chopra, MD, is the author of more than 60 books on mind-body health, spirituality, and peace, 18 of which are New York Times bestsellers. Dr. Chopra’s fiction and nonfiction books have been published in more than 35 languages. He is founder of the Chopra Foundation and founder and co-chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an adjunct professor of executive programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a senior scientist with The Gallup Organization.

Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, MFA, is of counsel to Fenton Nelson, LLP, in Los Angeles, where he represents a broad range of health care providers and entities. Previously, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, director of legal programs at the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute, and adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health, where he directed the first course on complementary medicine law and policy. He served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in the United States and has authored several books, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

Anne M. Doherty-Gilman, MPH, is director of integrative therapies and patient and family programs business practices at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and co-chair of the Complementary and Alternative Health Practices section at the American Public Health Association. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical Schoolís Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, concentrating in evaluative clinical sciences, and has research interests in integrative medicine, oncology, and public health.

Michael J. Fisch, MD, MPH, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of General Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and palliative care. His research focuses on symptom management, communication, and care of the underserved.

Ram Y. Gordon, MD, is a cardiologist in private practice at Chestnut Hill Cardiology in Philadelphia. His research interests include the effects of lifestyle changes and supplements on the prevention of coronary artery disease.

Valerie (Val) Jones, MD, is the CEO of Better Health, LLC, a medical blogging company, a regular contributor to ABC News in Washington, DC, and a partner at DocTalker Family Medicine in Vienna, Virginia. She has won blogging awards and Journal of the American Medical Associationís medical ethics essay contest. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Hannah L. Kushnick is the associate editor of Virtual Mentor.

Richard T. Lee, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of General Oncology and medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. His clinical and research work focuses on acupuncture, natural products, palliative care, and the impact of CAM on cancer care.

Kavitha V. Neerukonda, JD, MHA, is a senior policy analyst in the Center for Patient Safety and the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, where she participates in policy development, advocacy, and strategic planning on patient safety.

Harry Nelson, JD, is the managing partner and co-founder of Fenton Nelson, LLP, in Los Angeles, where he counsels health care providers on regulatory compliance and business matters. He has been named to the 2010 and 2011 lists of Southern California Super Lawyers in the field of health care law.

David S. Rosenthal, MD, is medical director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Cancer Society and the International Society for Integrative Oncology. He has clinical and research interests in hematology and integrative oncology.

Michael Shermer, PhD, is the publisher of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com), a monthly columnist for Scientific American, an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, and the author of the recently published The Believing Brain (Henry Holt/Times Books).