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Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Secondary Faculty

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The complete listing of secondary faculty appointments is listed below:

Stacey L. Berg, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
Research Interests: Pharmacology; new drug development; hospice and palliative care; clinical trial design; biomedical ethics; the incorporation of palliative care principles into pediatric oncology practice

Ursula Braun, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Geriatrics
Research Interests: Improving quality of end-of-life care; surrogate decision-making; racial and ethnic disparities in end-of-life care; dementia

Robert James Carpenter Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interests: Clinical management of diabetic and hypertensive patients; ongoing evaluation of prenatal diagnosis methods

Ryan Coleman, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Pediatric ECMO; Severe pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure; Pediatric bioethics 

John H. Coverdale, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: Medical education; ethics and professionalism; media depictions; human trafficking; the interface of obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry

Katherine Erdman, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program
Research Interests: Ethics education; PA education; clinical care

Carl Emil Fasser, B.A., P.A.
Professor, Physician Assistant Program
Research Interests: Professionalism; shared decision making; professional identify formation

Joslyn W. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine, Ben Taub Hospital
Research Interests: Women's health; intimate partner violence and sexual assault; medical education

Joan A. Friedland, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine, V.A. Medicine Center
Research Interests: Education regarding professional behavior; medical error; burnout

Ernest D. Frugé, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
Research Interests: Educational and organizational strategies; reflective practice; effective communication; cultural competence; teamwork

Joseph A. Garcia-Prats, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Newborn
Research Interests: Safety and quality improvement in the many clinical management processes in the neonatal ICU; fluid management of neonatal ECMO patients

Anne C. Gill, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.N.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Academic General
Research Interests: Interprofessional training; medical education; professionalism

Harvey L. Gordon, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Department of Urology
Research Interests: Jewish bioethics; end-of-life issues

Larry S. Jefferson, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Pulmonary Medicine
Research Interests: Pulmonary medicine; intensive care; pulmonary complications of neuromuscular diseases 

Joseph Shimon Kass, M.D., J.D.
Professor, Department of Neurology
Research Interests: Behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry; neuro-HIV; neurohospitalism; vascular neurology; medical education; Alzheimer’s disease

Curtis Edward Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Critical Care
Research Interests: Decision support; prediction modeling; healthcare analytics; quality improvement; patient safety

Larry E. Laufman, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine
Research Interests: Pulmonary medicine; intensive care; pulmonary complications of neuromuscular diseases

Laura L. Loftis, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Critical Care
Research Interests: Decision making, particularly within the critical care unit; ethics education

David Mann, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Research Interests: Fetal therapy; organ transplant; informed consent 

Mona L. McPherson, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Critical Care
Research Interests: Technology dependent children; transport medicine; end of life decision making

Aanand Dinkar Naik, M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine - Health Services Research
Research Interests: Quality scholars; multiple morbidity; older adults; shared decision-making

Ricardo Ernesto Nuila, M.D., B.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine, Ben Taub Hospital
Research Interests: Health disparities; patient-physician communication; narrative medicine

Frank Xavier Placencia, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Newborn
Research Interests: Parental decision-making at the end-of-life in the NICU; the Best Interests Standard

Susan Patricia Raine, M.D., J.D., L.L.M.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interests: Medical education; faculty development; global health; general obstetrics and gynecology; uterine leiomyomata; minimally invasive surgery, including robotics and in-office surgery

Jean Leclerc Raphael, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Academic General
Research Interests: Health disparities; minority health policy; patient-centered medical homes

John R. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Research Interests: Theory and practice of mentoring; scientist development; under-represented groups; praxis and theory of ethics relating to problems of mentoring, scientist development, and science as a problem-seeking and problem-solving enterprise

Heidi Voelker Russell, M.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Hema & Oncology
Research Interests: Behavioral economics; economic analysis; the growth of health care

James William Scheurich, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine, V.A. Medical Center
Research Interests: Ethics; resident physician education; quality of patient care/patient safety

Michael E. Speer, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Newborn
Research Interests: Infectious disease of the newborn; measurement of quality of care

C. Patrick Turley, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate General Counsel
Research Interests: Intellectual property

Simon Whitney, M.D., J.D.
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - Research Program
Research Interests: Regulation of research