About the Author
Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, FACHE is the Executive Director and Chief of the Section of Integrated Ethics in the Division of Medical Affairs and Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. With a focus on the human element of patient care, Dr. Gallagher applies her knowledge of health care ethics, compassion, communication and mediation into the goals of care for patients. Her research and clinical work focuses on the assessment and management of ethical issues concerning patients with complex symptom problems from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, during survivorship and at the end of life. She works with faculty, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates, and others to ensure best possible outcomes are reached for everyone involved. Dr. Gallagher has worked in the fields of social work and health care ethics since 1985. She oversees a network of clinical rounds, ethics consults and research. Dr. Gallagher holds appointments on various national and international committees. She has served also as Co-Chair of Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee for American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and as Ethicist for the Healthcare Quality Professional Task Team of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). Michael Ewer is a Professor of Medicine and an administrator at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center where he has served for the last 35 years. He is a faculty member of the University of Houston Health Law and Policy Institute where he teaches Health Law, and Hospital Law and Ethics. Additionally, Dr. Ewer holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration degree. He received his JD and LLM degrees from the University of Houston Law Center. Dr. Ewer has broad experience in medical ethics, conflicts of interest, medical communication, patient relations, and uncompensated (charity) medical care. Dr. Ewer has published extensively in the fields of oncology, medical ethics and philosophy of medical care; he has authored three medical texts, and is a sought-after international speaker.