AMA Journal of Ethics. June 2018, Volume 20, Number 6: 602-605.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Ethics in Burn Care
Theme Issue Editor
Ashwath Gunasekar is a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nikki Allorto, MBChB, is the president of the South African Burns Society and founder of the Burn Care Trust. She has directed many courses in emergency management of severe burns in South Africa and Kenya.
Damian Clarke, PhD, is a professor of general surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a general surgical consultant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Patrick T. Delaplain, MD, is a general surgery resident at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, who is currently completing a surgery research fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His research focuses on gut microbiome and necrotizing enterocolitis, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and burn and critical care and trauma.
Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, is a burn and trauma surgeon and the Peter C. Canizaro Chair of the Department of Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She is also the chair of the American Burn Association Ethical Issues Committee and is a member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Ethics.
Michael J. Feldman, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the medical director of the Evans-Haynes Burn Center at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Robin L. Foster, MD, is an associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She is also the director of the Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Monica L. Gerrek, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute of Burn Ethics at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. Her interests include food ethics, the ethics of addiction, and international perspectives on health care.
Lawrence J. Gottlieb, MD, is a professor of surgery, the director of the Burn and Complex Wound Center, a faculty member at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and a senior faculty scholar at the Bucksbaum Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine. He has clinical and research interests in reconstructive microsurgery and in the care of patients with burn injuries, difficult wounds, or complex reconstructive needs.
Victor C. Joe, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with added qualifications in surgical critical care. He is the medical director of the UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center in Orange, California, and an associate clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where he was awarded the John E. Connelly Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. A practicing trauma, burn, and general surgeon, he is also a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Surgeons, the American Burn Association, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.
Laura S. Johnson, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an assistant professor of surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Johnson is committed to a patient-centered approach to care across the spectrum of critical illness and recovery after burn injury as well as to education in burn management for patients and clinicians.
Anjay Khandelwal, MD, is the director of the Comprehensive Burn Care Center and the co-director of the Institute of Burn Ethics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also an assistant professor of surgery and bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Victor Kong, PhD, is a general surgical registrar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, with a special interest in trauma.
Steve Langan, MFA, teaches in the English Department and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and is the interim director and community liaison of UNO’s Medical Humanities Program. He is the author of Freezing (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2001), Notes on Exile and Other Poems (Backwaters Press, 2005), Meet Me at the Happy Bar (Blazevox Books, 2009), and What It Looks Like, How It Flies (Gibraltar Editions, 2015).
Yuk Ming Liu, MD, is a burn, critical care, and trauma surgeon at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. She completed fellowship training in acute burn surgery and surgical critical care. Her research interests include frostbite injuries, burn and surgical pain management, and surgical ethics.
Lauren C. Nigro, MD, is a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Andrea L. Pozez, MD, is a professor and the chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Debra Ann Reilly, MD, is a professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a staff physician for Nebraska Medicine’s burn clinic and Center for Wound Healing and is on the board of directors of the International Confederation of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery’s Women for Women program.
Jeffrey W. Shupp, MD, is the director of the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the director of the Burn Research program at MedStar Health Research Institute in Washington, DC. He is an associate professor of surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Shupp is active in many medical associations and participates broadly in basic, translational, and clinical research aimed at improving the care of patients with burn injuries.
Kathleen Skipton Romanowski, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery specializing in burn and critical care surgery at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a burn surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California. Her research interests include frailty and falls in elderly patients, burn pain management, and surgical ethics.
Chad M. Teven, MD, is a sixth-year resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed a clinical medical ethics fellowship and is currently a senior ethics fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Next year he will begin fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Shelley Wall, MBChB, is a surgeon and runs the burns unit at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where she has been working since 2015. Her doctoral research aims to improve pain control in children injured by burns in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
Ross Weale, MBBS, is a house officer in general surgery in the United Kingdom and a MMedSci student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
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