Editor in Chief: William V. Williams, M.D.
William V. Williams, M.D. trained in internal medicine, rheumatology and molecular immunology. He has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and, more recently, worked in clinical pharmacology at GlaxoSmithKline and Incyte Corp. A convert to Catholicism in 1998, Dr. Williams is the Immediate Past-President of the Philadelphia Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. From 2004-2008 he served as coordinator of the CMA-NCBC joint task force on ethics in clinical research.
Executive Editor: John M. Travaline, M.D.
John M. Travaline, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, internal medicine training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Travaline is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Travaline's interest in ethics began as a graduate student of religious studies at Villanova University, and has continued over the years. He served on the ethics committee at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital, where he was its chairman from 1999-2004. He is a member of the Temple Research Review Committee of the Institutional Review Board, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and is a regular contributor to its quarterly journal, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. He is the author or co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters, including publications on topics in medical ethics, physician-patient communication and end-of-life care.
Contributing Editors: Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D.; E. Wesley Ely, M.D., M.P.H.; Richard J. Fehring, Ph.D., R.N.
Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D., is a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and Executive Director of The Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person. Rev. Berg received his M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Regina Apostolorum in 1999. He specializes in natural law theory, personhood theory, and biomedical issues dealing with the beginning of life. For the past five years, he has dedicated most of his philosophical research to the question of the moral status of the human embryo. Working with members of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he has organized an interdisciplinary group of scientists, philosophers and moral theologians to engage in an on-going study of the moral and scientific feasibility of Altered Nuclear Transfer and other non-embryo-destructive sources of human pluripotent stem cells. He has recently co-edited a volume of essays by Catholic moral theologians entitled Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life.
Dr. Ely (Wes) grew up in Louisiana and went to Jesuit High School in Shreveport, where he helped carry cigarettes and gin to the rectory of his favorite teachers. His mother was an English teacher and theatre director at Jesuit, which is where he first learned about redemptive suffering from Shakespeare’s line, “Sweet are the uses of adversity.” He went on to receive three degrees from Tulane University (BS, MD, MPH) where he was elected to membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor societies. Dr. Ely is a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with subspecialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and a particular passion for care of older critically ill patients. He is the Associate Director of Aging Research for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC). His research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with sepsis and respiratory failure, with special emphasis on the problems facing older patients in the ICU (e.g., weaning from mechanical ventilation, delirium and cognitive impairment in the ICU, neuropsychological deficits post ICU care, and quality of death in the ICU). Dr. Ely has over 250 peer reviewed articles and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and Association of American Physicians (AAP). As the founder of the Vanderbilt ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group (www.icudelirium.org), he currently serves as the principal investigator for the Coordinating Center's ongoing clinical trials in sedation and delirium and post-ICU cognitive impairment. Dr. Ely designs and leads a team of investigators in conducting both large cohort studies and randomized controlled clinical trials seeking both better understanding and management of critically ill patients in the ICU. Importantly, he is married to Dr. Kim Ely, a surgical pathologist at Vanderbilt (herself a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tulane University School of Medicine and also a member of AOA), with whom he has 3 lovely daughters who are together the pride of his life. He is a founding member and President of the Nashville Guild of the CMA. He is also the faculty sponsor for the medical school Catholic student Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Dr. Ely’s creative medical writing has been published in numerous different peer reviewed journals and news sources including JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Wall Street Journal. From this passion in bringing the bedside human interaction to life on paper for the readership of LQ, he worked with LQ Editors to develop the concept of the column, “On Being a Catholic Physician,” for which he serves as a contributing editor.
Richard J. Fehring, Ph.D., R.N., is a Professor and Director of the Marquette University College of Nursing Office of Research and Scholarship. He received his master’s and doctorate in nursing from Catholic University of America and baccalaureate degrees in biology and nursing from Marquette University. Professor Fehring is the writer and editor of Current Medical Research (CMR) in natural family planning a publication of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is a member of the USCCB’s Advisory Board for the Program for Natural Family Planning, a board member of University Faculty for Life, and a member of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bioethics Commission.
Editor Emeritus: Eugene F. Diamond, M.D.
Dr. Diamond formerly served as Editor in Chief and Executive Editor of The Linacre Quarterly. He served as president of the Catholic Medical Association from 1979-80. Dr. Diamond is in private practice in pediatrics in Chicago, Illinois.
Case Report Editors: Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, M.D.; Greg F. Burke, M.D.
Marie-Alberte Boursiquot, M.D. is a graduate of New York University and the Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital program in internal medicine. She was a member of the Patuxent Medical Group, Inc., a multi-specialty medical practice, prior to transitioning to her solo practice, Quality Medical Care LLC. She recently merged her practice with the Seton Medical Group, Inc a member of St. Agnes Hospital/Ascension Health Systems. She currently serves as President of the Baltimore Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and Regional Director of Region III. She is an active member of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, America’s First Cathedral and serves on its Trust Board.
Greg F. Burke, M.D. F.A.C.P., is a native of Pennsylvania who completed undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton and medical graduate study at Jefferson Medical College. He trained in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and after chief residency joined the Department of General Internal Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA in 1992. Dr Burke is committed to comprehensive patient care and practices in multiple venues including office medicine, hospital care, administration, and education. He has had a long-term interest in the intersection of Catholic spirituality/ethics with clinical medicine. He is regular contributor to the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and lectures frequently on topics of Catholic morality and medical ethics.
Book Review Editor: Thomas Bender, M.D.
Thomas Bender, M.D., completed his undergraduate work in philosophy at Gannon University and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at Ohio State University and in neonatology at Saint Louis University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and counts Dr. Edmund Pellegrino among his teachers and mentors. Prior to accepting his current faculty position in 2006 at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, he was a member of the medical faculty at Georgetown University. Dr. Bender is a staff neonatologist at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and is chairman of its ethics committee. He has been a member of the CMA since medical school. He is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Knights of Columbus, and the Autism Society of America.
Managing Editor: Louise A. Mitchell, M.A.
Louise Mitchell has been an editor for eight years. She has copyedited The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Ethics & Medics, Nova et Vetera, The Linacre Quarterly, and several books. She has an M.A. in theology from Ave Maria University in Florida and is currently working on her Ph.D. in bioethics through the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia.