Our Alumni: 1993-1994

John Balint, MD, is a professor at Albany Medical College's Alden March Bioethics Institute, which he founded after completing the MacLean Center Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship. The endowed John A. Balint Chair and the annual John A. Balint lecture are named in his honor. Dr. Balint started the Division of Gastroenterology at Albany Medical College in 1963, and later served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine. April 2014 marks his 50th year as an active faculty member at Albany Medical College.

Charlotte Cowan, MD, is a pediatrician practicing in Concord, MA. She received her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of the Dr. Hippo series of children's books, for which she was honored by President Obama's administration in 2009 as one of the nation's leading "Social Innovators" for healthcare education.

Bernard Heilicser, DO, has been Medical Director of the South Cook County EMS System for over 30 years. In his EMS role, Dr. Heilicser also serves as Deputy Commander and Deputy Medical Director of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response System Team (IMERT), and the lead physician and medical manager of the Illinois Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. He is a renowned expert on medical relief work, having volunteered to provide emergency medical care after many natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the Quincy, IL floods, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He returned to Haiti in 2011 to serve as medical director of a United Nations Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support class.

Jennifer Jordan, MD, obtained her medical degree from Indiana University in 1993. She completed 6 years of internship and residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern in 1999. Following residency, she joined Dr. Dwight Lee to form White Rock ENT in Dallas, TX. Dr. Jordan’s special interests include pediatric otolaryngology, ear disease, nasal/sinus disease and sleep apnea.

Eileen Laurence, MD, is an emergency medicine physician in Wilmette, IL. She attended Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed her internship and residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. 

Susan K. MacRae, RN, is the former Deputy Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), and Director of the JCB Clinical Ethics Fellowship. She was also a Pfizer/Picker Fellow at the Picker Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Robert Nelson, MD, FRCPC, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and a former medical school president and dean of medicine.  One of the most transformative opportunities in her 25-year career in medical education was her participation in the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Program, 1990-92.

Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC has worked as a clinical ethicist since 1994. She received her BS in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University in 1979, her BS in nursing from Rush University in 1981. She studied law at Pepperdine University graduating in 1989 and passing Illinois bar. She has over thirty-four years of experience in a variety of health care roles, including direct care giving, teaching, consultant and leader. Kate is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Education & Research at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. She guest lectures regularly for several of the local health professional schools in and around Nashville, TN.

Wayne Shelton received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics. He completed an MSW with a concentration in health administration and policy, and the fellowship in clinical medical ethics in the Maclean Center For Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago in 1994. Since 1994, he has been on the faculty of The Albany Medical College where is Professor of Medicine in the Alden March Bioethics Institute and an ethics consultant at the Albany Medical Center. His research has focused on clinical ethics and consultation, family support in the ICU and medical education.

Eugene Siegel, MD, is an internal medicine physician who formerly practiced in Glen Ellyn, IL. 

Charles Steinbruegge, MD, is an internist practicing in the Chicago area. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in 1989, and completed his internship at Resurrection Medical Center and residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, both in Chicago.

Rosemarie Wesolowski, MD, is the former Director of the Bioethics Center at the University of Geneva Medical School.