Effective August 2, 2010, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University.
In 2009 I completed my Ph.D in ethics & the medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch. My program major was ethics, and my program minor was the history of medicine. My dissertation, which I am currently using as the basis for several book proposals, is on the undertreatment of pain in the U.S.
I am also an attorney, and clerked and then obtained several years of civil litigation experience, doing primarily hospital and pharmaceutical defense.
I am an unapologetic interdisciplinarian, and generally self-identify, if forced to choose, as a public health or population-oriented (applied) ethicist.
My areas of focus are
- the ethical implications of the social determinants of health;
- chronic illness & public health policy;
- the undertreatment of pain;
- health inequities; and
- several areas in the history of medicine (primarily the history of pain without lesion in 19th c. America and the history of medical imaging).