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. August 2017, Volume 19, Number 8: 839-842.


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About the Contributors

Theme issue: Iatrogenesis in Pediatrics

Theme Issue Editor

Marta Michalska-Smith, MD, is a first year medicine-pediatrics resident at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Her interests include the culture of medicine, quality improvement, and the intersection of medicine, public policy, and ethics.


Genevieve Allen is a third-year medical student in the Ethics Path of Excellence at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Silvana Barone, MD, is a clinical fellow in pediatric palliative care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore. Dr. Barone’s research focuses on issues related to communication, decision making, and coordination of care for children with medical complexity.

Lucas Butler, MD, is an emergency medicine resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, his research interests include application of and training in patient- and family-centered care in the emergency department as well as the use of telemedicine in acute care.

Alberto Dionigi, PhD, is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist in Cesena, Italy, and a member of the International Society for Humor Studies. He is a clown doctor, clown doctor trainer, and president of the Italian Federation of Clown Doctors. As a lecturer in the field of humor, his main research interest concerns the psychology of humor. He has published scientific articles and delivered talks at international academic conferences on the subject.

Arseli Dokumaci, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She received her PhD in performance studies from Aberystwyth University in 2012 and completed a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Department of Social Studies of Medicine in 2016. Her research interests include disability, daily living with chronic diseases, quality of life measures, everyday performances, affordances theory, and visual methods.

Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, MDiv, is the senior chaplain and manager of pastoral care at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, where she is also co-chair of the clinical ethics committee. A graduate of Harvard University, Rev. Ennis-Durstine has been appointed as a faculty member and a curriculum developer at the Pediatric Chaplain’s Institute, where she has been serving as dean since 2013. Rev. Ennis-Durstine also has presented at the Pediatric Chaplains Network Conference and co-authored a chapter on spiritual care in pediatric oncology in the Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care (Elsevier Saunders, 2011).

Lauren E. Hock, MD, is a medical intern in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. As an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellow at Rush Medical College, she analyzed correlates of substance abuse in Chicago homeless youth. She is interested in research and advocacy to reduce health disparities among underserved populations.

Filzah Iqbal, MSc, is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied biomedical informatics. During the winter of 2017, she interned with the American Medical Association’s Ethics Group in Chicago. Her research and career interests are ethical and legal issues in clinical and health informatics.

Niranjan S. Karnik, MD, PhD, is the vice chair for innovation and the Cynthia Oudejans Harris, MD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College and a conjoint faculty member in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush College of Nursing in Chicago. He concurrently serves as an associate faculty member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on community-based interventions for high-risk youth with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, is a research associate professor of clinical psychology in pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She also directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress and serves as the associate director for behavioral research at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on understanding how children and families respond to potentially traumatic experiences such as medical emergencies, injury, and violence, and developing practical prevention protocols that can be integrated into health care settings or delivered via electronic health tools.

Daniel T. Klink, MD, PhD, holds a research position at the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he is a pediatric endocrinologist specializing in transgender health care.

Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also a clinical ethics faculty member in the Program in Clinical Ethics within the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences and provides clinical ethics consultation throughout the University of Michigan hospital system. Her research interests are in neonatal bioethics and clinical research ethics.

Elizabeth Reis, PhD, is a professor in the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York in New York City and the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). She has published essays in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics Forum, Journal of American History, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and the New York Times. Her research interests are in both historical and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, gender, sexuality, and religion.

Samuel Reis-Dennis, PhD, is a Hecht-Levi Fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research in normative and applied ethics focuses on the justification of anger and blame.

Tomas Jose Silber, MD, MASS, is a professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is also the director of the pediatric ethics program at Children’s National Health System, where he is chair of the clinical ethics committee, vice chair of the institutional review board, and ethicist for the Clinical Translational Science Institute. In addition, he served two stints as chair of the Section on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is editor-in-chief of Pediatric Ethicscope and is collaborating with the American Academy of Pediatrics on education relating to iatrogenesis.

Thomas D. Steensma, PhD, is a medical psychologist and researcher at the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he specializes in transgender care.

J. Steven Svoboda, Esq., MS, JD, is the executive director of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child in Berkeley, California, which he founded in 1997. He holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He has presented to the United Nations on male circumcision, and his articles regarding nontherapeutic surgeries carried out on the genitals of children have appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the American Journal of Bioethics.

Stowe Locke Teti, MA, is the clinical ethics coordinator at Children’s National Health System (CNHS) in Washington, DC, and the managing editor of Pediatric Ethicscope. Following five years of clinical training in the Children’s National Clinical Ethics Consult Service, Mr. Teti now heads the ethics education program of the clinical ethics committee at CNHS. Mr. Teti also serves on the Washington Hospital Center’s ethics committee and is currently developing a research electronic data capture-based consult documentation system for pediatric ethics consult cases.

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore. He is also a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Unguru is the chairman of the Sinai Hospital Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group Bioethics Steering Committee. Dr. Unguru has published and spoken nationally on a wide range of issues in pediatric bioethics, including the role of children in shared decision making and the limits of surrogate decision making, research ethics, end-of-life decision making, resource allocation, and ethics education.

S. Annelijn Wensing-Kruger, MSc, is a medical psychologist specializing in transgender care, the head of the gender section of the Department of Medical Psychology, and a board member at the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.