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Members of CEJA

The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) consists of nine members—seven practicing physicians, a resident, and a medical student—who are nominated by the American Medical Association's President and elected by the House of Delegates. The seven physicians serve overlapping seven-year terms, while the medical student serves a two-year term and the resident serves a three-year term.
Ronald J. Clearfield, MD, FACR—Chair

Dr. Clearfield graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine, followed by residency training in Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He chaired the Department of Radiology at Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington, PA for over thirty years, before becoming Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee Womens Hospital.

Dr. Clearfield has been President of the Pittsburgh Roentgen Society and the Pennsylvania Radiological Society and served as a Councilor to the American College of Radiology. He has been Vice Speaker and Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and served on the PMS Board of Trustees. He served as a Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for twelve years and was a member of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws for eight years, serving two as Chair. He was a member of the Federation Coordination Team and a member of the AMA Board of Trustees Committee on Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships, studying the ethical relationships between the AMA Board, Councils, House, and Staff. He chaired the AMA House Select Investigation Committee in 2001.

Dr. Clearfield chaired his hospital’s Committee on Ethics for over twenty years, also chaired the Pennsylvania Medical Society Task Force on Ethical Corporate Endorsements and recently served on the Bonita Springs Charter Review Committee. He is currently a member of the Florida Medical Association and President-elect of the Senior and Retired Physicians Association of Lee County. Dr Clearfield was elected to CEJA in 2010.

Dennis S. Agliano, MD, FACS—Vice Chair

Dr. Agliano is a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida specializing in ear, nose and throat, and cosmetic surgery with a special interest in nasal and sinus surgery. He was Assistant Professor of otolaryngology at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Agliano attended Tulane University and received his MD from the University of Miami Medical School, from which he received a Distinguished Alumnus award in 1997. He completed his residency in the Tulane Division of Ear, Nose, Throat at Charity Hospital and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Agliano also rose to the rank of Major serving in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Agliano is past President of the Florida Medical Association (2004-2005), the Florida Medical Foundation (2004-2009) and the Hillsborough County Medical Association (1995-1996), and has served for ten years as FMA Delegate to the AMA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology and currently serves on the boards of several healthcare organizations.

He spearheaded programs for truthfulness in expert witness testimony in the state of Florida, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the AMA. For this he was recognized by his academy with the Chair award, and from The Doctors Company (pli) with the Professional Liability award, and the Certificate of Merit award from the Florida Medical Association. In 1997 and 2003 he was awarded Physician of the Year from the Hillsborough County Medical Association. He has also been the ENT medical consultant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Yankees. Dr. Agliano was elected to CEJA in 2011.

Marc Mendelsohn, MD—Resident/Fellow Member

Dr. Mendelsohn has been an active member of the AMA since his first week of medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  During his undergraduate medical education he served at his county, and school, as well as at The Medical Society of the State of New York where he chaired the Medical Students Section, additionally he was served as the chair of  the MSS Region 7 encompassing New York and New England. Prior to being elected to CEJA in 2015, he served as the Residents and Fellow Sectional delegate to the AMA from the American Academy of Emergency Physicians.  He was also one of the members of the Residents and Fellows section Committee on Business and Economics during its first year of existence. 

Prior to his medical education Dr. Mendelsohn received a degree in Philosophy and Biology from Brandeis University.  He is currently one of the Chief Residents in Emergency Medicine at NY Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn New York.  His interests include Medical Education, Health Care Policy, and Quality Improvement.  Dr. Mendelsohn was elected to CEJA in 2015.

Kathryn Moseley, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Moseley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University in History of Science, she went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital and a fellowship in Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, both in Detroit, MI. Experiences in neonatology sparked Dr. Moseley's interest in bioethics. After becoming board-certified in both pediatrics and neonatology, she joined the faculty of St. Louis University Medical School as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and enrolled in a master's degree program in moral theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, a Roman Catholic seminary. Later, she became a faculty member of the Center for Health Care Ethics at St. Louis University.

Dr. Moseley left St. Louis to become the Director of Neonatology at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Midwesterner at heart, she returned to Detroit a few years later to be the Director of Biomedical Ethics for the Henry Ford Health System where she oversaw an active ethics consultation service and instructed attending staff, residents, medical students and allied health professionals in bioethics along with maintaining a busy pediatric practice. She turned her interest to the ethical issues raised in medical care. During this time, she completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago, developing a keen interest in issues of justice and health disparities.

Dr. Moseley joined the University of Michigan in 2002 to conduct research about the racial differences in health care decision-making, which she discovered doing clinical ethics consultations, and to study how those decisions are affected by culture and trust, as well as how they may lead to health disparities. Her recent work has focused on measuring trust in parents of pediatric outpatients. She has recently received a $2.1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to test culturally appropriate methods to increase the prevalence of supine sleep in African American infants. Dr. Moseley has served on the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities as well as the Ethics Committee for the American Board of Pediatrics.  She was elected to CEJA in 2013.

Alexander M. Rosenau, DO, CPE, FACEP

Alex Rosenau is a 1981 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rosenau served in the US Public Health Service, National Health Service Corps, directing the Sullivan County Medical Center, 1982-1985. He received the USPHS-NHSC Achievement medal for bringing 24/7 emergency care and a full range of family medicine services to Sullivan County, PA; subsequently he received the Corps’ Commendation Medal for his response to multiple medical disasters. After completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Botsford General Hospital, he was dually board certified by the allopathic and osteopathic emergency medicine boards. He is a Fellow of the American College Emergency Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Rosenau served as medical director of the Allentown City Paramedics, directed the LVHN Paramedic Institute and co-directs the Eastern EMS Council. He is a member of the development team for the Emergency Severity Index Triage System.  Dr Rosenau established the LVHN Emergency Medicine Residency in 2000.

Alex Rosenau is nationally recognized as a leader in Emergency Medicine. He is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, former Chair of the ACOEP’s EM Residency Program Directors’ Committee, past President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, ACEP.  He is a national advisor to the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, and served on the NCCPA Certification Task Force.  Dr Rosenau is a past chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation.  Dr. Rosenau served as consultant to the ORISE/CDC Pandemic Flu Triage project.   Dr Rosenau was recognized in October 2009 as a Certified Physician Executive by the CCMM. He is a Professor at the University of South Florida’s Morsani School of Medicine.  In 2012 he was named the holder of the Auxiliary of the LVHN Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine.

In addition to his leadership and management activities as Senior Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, LVHN, and Assistant Medical Director, EM, LVPG.         

Dr. Rosenau is known as a mentor to many young physicians. He is a community leader, with service to various organizations. He is married to the former Robin Ann Weingrod, with two children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Rosenau was elected to CEJA in 2015.

James E. Sabin, MD

Dr. Sabin is Professor in the Departments of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program. After graduating from Harvard Medical School he did a medical internship at UCLA, residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and a two year fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. His clinical work has included public sector psychiatry, solo fee-for-service practice, and group practice at Harvard Community Health Plan/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. His major research interests are in the clinical and theoretical aspects of fair resource allocation, the role of consumers in overseeing health policy and practice, and the ways in which organizations can best deal with the ethical dimensions of their work. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center. He has written more than 150 articles and chapters on organizational ethics, resource allocation, and clinical practice. A second edition of "Setting Limits Fairly," written with Norman Daniels, was published by Oxford University Press 2008. "No Margin, No Mission: Health Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence," written with Steven Pearson and Ezekiel Emanuel, was published by Oxford University Press in 2003. Dr. Sabin was elected to CEJA in 2012.

Peter A. Schwartz, MD

Dr. Schwartz graduated from the Roxbury Latin School, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College, and his MD from Boston University. After an internship at the University of Utah and two years in the United States Peace Corps in Western Samoa, he did his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University.  

He spent thirteen years in private practice in Northampton Massachusetts, where he was a member of the Council of the Massachusetts Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and was also on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society. From 1987 until November 2005, and again from November 2012 until September 2014 he was the Chair of the Department of Ob Gyn at Reading Health System. Prior to returning to The Reading Hospital he spent seven years as Senior Medical Consultant at Stevens & Lee, a 220 attorney law firm, in a division dedicated to improving quality of obstetrical care and the quality of the physician patient relationship.

Dr.  Schwartz served on the Council of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, eventually becoming its President; on the Council of the Pennsylvania Section of the ACOG, eventually becoming its Chair; on the Ethics Committee of ACOG, eventually becoming its Chair; and on the Ethics Committees of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He served two terms on the Council for Resident Education and three terms on the Ob Gyn Residency Review Committee, was an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for ten years and was elected to ACOG’s Executive Committee as both Assistant Secretary and Vice President. 

Dr. Schwartz has been the recipient of the CREOG National Faculty Award on multiple occasions, the J. Robert Willson Award from the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia for long and meritorious service to the Society and the profession, and ACOG's Distinguished Service Award from District III. 

He currently serves as an ACOG Delegate to the American Medical Association and Chairs the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Committee to Nominate Delegates and Alternates to the AMA and on the Board of the Frontier Nursing University.

His major academic interests have been medical ethics and medical liability and patient safety. He was Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Professor at Drexel University. 

Dr. Schwartz was elected to CEJA in 2016.

Monique A. Spillman, MD, PhD

Dr. Spillman is a board certified gynecologic oncologist who joined Texas Oncology at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, TX in 2014. She was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Spillman graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. She then matriculated in the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical and Graduate Schools in Dallas, TX. Her PhD dissertation in Genetics and Development examined the estrogen regulation of oncogenes, including BRCA1, in breast and ovarian cancer. 

She completed an internship and residency at the combined Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General/Harvard program in obstetrics and gynecology. Her gynecologic oncology fellowship was pursued at Duke University Medical Center.  She was then appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Women’s Reproductive Health Research training program at the University of Colorado.  While on faculty in Colorado, Dr. Spillman ran her own basic science research lab, as well as the Gynecologic Tissue and Fluid Bank.

Dr. Spillman has been involved in the American Medical Association since medical school, when she served as the medical student on the Council on Scientific Affairs (now the Council on Science and Public Health). In residency and fellowship, she served as the resident member of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She participated as a specialty Delegate from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Advocacy for women with gynecologic malignancies has been important to Dr. Spillman. She has served as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, succeeding in increasing the amount of research funding dedicated to ovarian cancer.  She has also chaired the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethics and has served as a liaison to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee and American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Dr. Spillman was elected to CEJA in 2014.

Kimberly A. Swartz—Medical Student Member

Kimberly Swartz is an MD/JD student at the University of Florida. Prior to UF, Ms. Swartz earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Bioethics at New York University. In the past, she served as Region IV Chair of the AMA-MSS, an issue editor of AMA’s Journal of Ethics (Virtual Mentor), as the student member to the Florida Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, and as the student member of the Alachua County Medical Society’s Executive Board. Her past internships have included the FDA Office of Public Policy and the AMA Office of General Counsel. Ms. Swartz’s research interests involve regulatory policy, women’s health, and pediatrics. She recently published a study with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice on trends in Adverse Childhood Experiences and rates of recidivism, which won 1st place in Epidemiology at the AMA Student Research Conference. Ms. Swartz was elected to CEJA in 2015.