AMA Journal of Ethics. February 2018, Volume 20, Number 2: 206-208.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics
Theme Issue Editor
Taylor Olmsted, MD, is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Her interests include benign hematology with attention to immune thrombocytopenia. In addition to scientific pursuits, she is interested in comic art and its role in medical ethics and humanities.
Hannah R. Abrams is a second-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Rogelio Altisent, MD, PhD, is a general practitioner with the Research Group in Bioethics at the University of Zaragoza in Aragón, Spain. His professional interests include family medicine, bioethics, professionalism, education, teaching innovations, and clinical ethics committees.
Gary Ashwal, MA, is a health communication specialist and multimedia content producer based in Los Angeles and the co-founder of Booster Shot Media. He earned a master’s degree in health communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine and a BS in performance studies from Northwestern University.
Jason Bitterman, MD, is a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Newark, New Jersey. His medical comics are published at www.bittermensch.com.
MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, is a senior fellow at the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement in Washington, DC, and artist-in-residence at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the co-curator of the Graphic Medicine website.
Maria Teresa Delgado-Marroquín, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of ethics at the University of Zaragoza Medical School in Aragón, Spain, where she also practices at Delicias Norte Health Center. She is trained as a bioethicist and general practitioner.
Jared Gardner, PhD, is professor of English at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of three monographs, including Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-Century Storytelling (Stanford University Press, 2012), and he is editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society. He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled Patient Time, about graphic narrative, time, and illness.
Michael D. F. Goldenberg, MA, is a second-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He completed a master of arts degree in comparative literature at the Pennsylvania State University, with a thesis focusing on the use of comics in medical education and patient care.
Michael J. Green, MD, MS, is a physician and bioethicist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he is also the interim chair of the Department of Humanities, chair of the hospital ethics committee, and director of the Program in Bioethics. An innovator in the use of comics in medical education, he is part of the editorial collective for Pennsylvania State University Press’s book series on graphic medicine, is guest editor of the Graphic Medicine section of the Annals of Internal Medicine, and teaches a course on comics and medicine to fourth-year medical students. He is a co-editor of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015).
Mónica Lalanda, MD, MSc, is an emergency medicine physician in Spain and holds master of science degrees in medical ethics and bioethics. She is also a comic artist.
Jeffrey Monk, MD, is a general pediatrician practicing in York, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and remained in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for his pediatrics residency at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital. He is a life-long fan of comics and graphic novels, and keeps a hoard of comic books in long-boxes under his bed because he may want to read them again someday.
Kimberly R. Myers, MA, PhD, is an associate professor of humanities and medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She has published in professional journals including JAMA, British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Academic Medicine and lay periodicals including the Atlantic and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Myers is editor of three international, multidisciplinary books and co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015).
Linda S. Raphael, MA, PhD, is the director of the program in medical humanities at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She is the author of Narrative Skepticism: Moral Agency and Representations of Consciousness in Fiction (American University Press, 2001), When Night Fell, an Anthology of Holocaust Stories (Rutgers University Press, 1999), and articles on literature and on medicine and humanities.
Madden Rowell, MD, is a resident in primary care at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Scripps College.
Susan M. Squier, PhD, is Brill Professor Emerita of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, and an Einstein Visiting Fellow at Freie Universität, Berlin, where she is a collaborator on the PathoGraphics Project. The co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015) and co-editor of the Graphic Medicine Book Series at the Pennsylvania State University Press, she is the author of Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine (Duke University Press, 2003) and Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawings as Metaphor (Duke University Press, 2017)
Alex Thomas, MD, is a pediatric allergist and immunologist based in Chicago and a co-founder of Booster Shot Media. In addition to his clinical practice, he is also a cartoonist and illustrator with more than 20 years’ experience. He earned a BA in art theory and practice from Northwestern University and an MD from Rush Medical College and completed both his pediatrics residency and his allergy/immunology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Carol Tilley, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studies the reception of and reading practices related to comics as well as the clinically based work of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. A 2016 Eisner Awards judge and current president-elect of the Comics Studies Society, Tilley is a frequent speaker on comics history, comics in libraries, and graphic medicine.
Mark Tschaepe, PhD, is an assistant professor of philosophy at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, and an adjunct assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a board director for AIDS Foundation Houston, instructor of a course on diversity for the South African Medico-Legal Association, and a consultant for a medical information therapy project at the University of Namibia School of Medicine.
Megan Yu is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and plans to attend medical school. She has interests in narrative medicine, health policy, neuroscience, and computational biology.
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