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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.
Patrick W. McCormick, MD—Chair

Dr. McCormick is a board certified Neurosurgeon and practicing partner of the Neurosurgical Network, Inc. in Toledo Ohio. Currently, he is also the Section Head of Neurosurgery at St. Luke's Hospital.

In 1984, Dr. McCormick graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency training in Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. McCormick earned an MBA from the University of Michigan School of Business and completed Bioethics Graduate Studies as an AMA/MCW Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Organized medicine has played a significant role in Dr. McCormick's career. From 1995 to 2008 he has represented Ohio as an alternate delegate and delegate to the American Medical Association-House of Delegates and represented the Lucas County Medical Association as a Delegate to the Ohio State Medical Association. Dr. McCormick was also president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County.

Dr. McCormick has served on the Northwest Ohio Mercy Health System Regional Ethics board. He is a past chairman of  the Ethics Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and has served as the Associate Editor of the AANS "Neurosurgeon Quarterly". He worked with the Institute of Medicine task force which generated "Harmonizing Reporting on Potential Conflicts of Interest", and was selected for the NIH special study section on clinical applications of functional spectroscopy.

While Dr. McCormick serves in diverse roles in graduate medical education, clinical practice, ethics, and organized medicine, the  majority of his time is dedicated to evaluating and treating patients. As a  private practice neurosurgeon, he provides regional Level I adult and pediatric trauma coverage 90 days each year.

Dr. McCormick was appointed to CEJA by Nancy H Nielsen, MD and confirmed by the AMA House of Delegates in 2008.

Stephen L. Brotherton, MD—Vice Chair

Dr. Brotherton joined The Fort Worth Bone and Joint Clinic, the precursor to Texas Health Care Bone and Joint Clinic, in 1987, after completing a Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University in 1978, a Doctor of Medicine degree at UT Southwestern in 1982, and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals, in Atlanta, in 1987. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. His areas of emphasis are sports medicine, dance and performance medicine, foot and ankle, and lower extremity joint replacement.

Dr. Brotherton became an orthopedic consultant to TCU in 1987 and the senior orthopedic consultant in 1994; he continues in both capacities today with his partner Dr. Joseph Milne and others. Along with Dr. James Beckley, Dr Bert Franks, and Head Trainer Ross Bailey, he developed the Sports Medicine Advisory Team at TCU, which has become a model in many other institutions.

Interested in applying sports medicine principals to dancers and other performers, Dr. Brotherton implemented a program for the Casa Manana resident company in 1988 with then-choreographer Francis Fuller. He became Company Physician for The Fort Worth Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theater) in 1990, as well as serving in that role with the Arlington Ballet (now Metroplex Classical Ballet) since its inception.

Dr. Brotherton holds adjunct/clinical faculty positions with TCU and Ft. Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program (“JPS”). He was recognized for teaching by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2002, and was selected Educator of the Year 2004 by the JPS orthopedic residency program.

Dr. Brotherton has served in various capacities, including past president, with the Tarrant County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. In addition to work with community arts programs, he ran a homeless clinic for 12 years, then began serving at a free clinic at Cornerstone Missions in spring, 2007. He has attended mission trips both within and outside the U.S., especially in Nicaragua. He frequently teaches adult Bible study classes.

Dennis S. Agliano, MD, FACS

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 graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in biology and 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.

Ronald J. Clearfield, MD, FACR

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 the Outreach Committee of the Naples Council on World Affairs. Dr Clearfield was elected to CEJA in 2010.

Katherine L. Harvey, MD, MPH—Resident/Fellow Member

Dr. Harvey has been active in organized medicine throughout her career, holding various leadership positions at local, state, and national levels as a medical student at the University of Connecticut and resident in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester.  She earned a Masters in Public Health with a focus in quantitative methods and decision sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2012 and is currently doing her medical oncology and hematology fellowship at the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut.  Her interests include outcomes research and how evidence-based medicine will shape health policy, along with ethical issues surrounding treatment decisions, end of life care, and the profession of medicine in general as it negotiates the balance between population health and that of individual patients.  Dr. Harvey was elected to CEJA in 2012.

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 currently serves as Secretary of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and was appointed to the American Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs in 2013.

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.

Kathryn Skimming—Medical Student Member

Kathryn Skimming is a student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she earned her master’s degree in Bioethics at New York University and her bachelor’s degree in University of Richmond’s Leadership Studies Honors Program. Ms. Skimming co-created the AMA Medical Student Section’s Internal Leadership Development Program, and has served on the AMA-MSS’s Committee on Bioethics and Humanities. As an intern at the New York State Department of Health, Ms. Skimming has drafted and revised state policy on the allocation of medical resources in a pandemic. She has also conducted research on physicians’ obligations to follow a healthy lifestyle, for which she won the prize for Outstanding Qualitative Paper Presentation at the Mid Atlantic Leadership Scholars Forum. Ms. Skimming was elected to CEJA in 2013.

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.