Paul Ballard, JD, is an Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for Health Decisions Policy for the Attorney General. He is also Counsel to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Health Care Quality, which agency licenses and regulates health care programs and facilities in the State of Maryland. Prior to performing his present duties, Mr. Ballard was counsel to various health occupation licensing boards, including the Dental, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work and Acupuncture Boards. Before being assigned to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he was an Assistant Attorney General with the Maryland Department of Transportation. In 2005 he received the Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award. He has been practicing law since 1987.
Brian H. Childs, PhD, is the Director of Ethics at Shore Health System in Easton, Maryland (part of the University of Maryland Medical System). Dr. Childs received Masters degrees in Theology and Divinity and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, consulting supervisor with Prime Employee Assistance Program, Inc. in Baltimore, consulting ethicist for the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland, and the current President of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy Brian. Dr. Childs has served as Director of Medical Ethics at Georgia Baptist Health Care System, and Chair of the National Commission for Biomedical Ethics (Committee of the American Academy of General Practice). He received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Institute for Medicine and the Humanities at Hirim College and Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He is on the board of MHECN, and is an editor of the Healthcare Ethics Forum. Dr. Childs has published numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews in his field.
Helen Gordon, MD, FACP, graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Religion and American Studies and received her M.D. from Duke University Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Emory University and taught for Emory in the Division of General Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital before joining the faculty at Greater Baltimore Medical Center teaching post graduate medical education and maintaining a small private practice, a position she held until 2013, when she took on the directorship of Palliative Care Services at University of Maryland, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, MD. In addition to general internal medicine with a geriatric focus, Dr. Gordon has specialized in Hospice and Palliative Care, taking the original exam in 2001, and then the certifying exam after it became a recognized ABIM sub specialty of Internal Medicine. She was Chair of GBMC's Ethics Committee from 2003-2013, and has joined the committee at SJMC. She has been a Fellow in the American College of Physicians since 2006.
Carla Jackson, LCSW-C, is a clinical social worker for the Palliative Medicine Team at GBMC. She received her MSW from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and earned a post-masters certificate in End of Life Care from Smith College. Her experience includes eight years of clinical social work with hospice, specializing in bereavement, and has served in her current role with palliative care for the past five years. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Maryland School of Social Work teaching a course on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and has a private practice specializing in bereavement, end of life care and caregiver stress.
Judith M. Levy, MSW, LCSW-C, MA, received a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1967, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and an M.A. in Applied and Professional Ethics from the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. She has spent nearly her entire career in the field of developmental disabilities. She has worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) since 1975, first as a clinician, then as an administrator directing the Social Work Department, and since 1988, as chair of the KKI Ethics Committee. From January, 1997 to January 1999, she served as the Associate Director of the University Affiliated Program at KKI and from 2007 to 2009, she served as Acting Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at KKI. Of particular interest to her has been: coping and resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families; the ethical delivery of healthcare to people with disabilities; informed consent for people with impaired decision making capacity; and maternal and child health.
Gail Mansell, M.Div is Director and Team Leader of Atlantic General Hospital's Palliative Medicine and Director of Pastoral Care Services. She is a Certified Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, End of Life Care Consultant, Grief Counselor, and Mediator, holding certifications from the College of Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, the Federation of Christian Ministries, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is a member of the Society for Health Care Advocacy and the Quality Council for End of Life for Maryland State. Chaplain Mansell received her MS in Pastoral Counseling and Thanatology from Hartford University, and her M.Div from The University of the South School of Theology.
Robert E. Roby, MD, CMD, was born and raised in the Baltimore area. He graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1975 and completed Postgraduate Medical Training at Maryland General Hospital in downtown Baltimore City in Internal Medicine, being named Chief Resident in 1978-79. He is also American Board of Internal Medicine Certified in General Internal Medicine and was Chief of Emergency Room at Maryland General for over 25 years (through December, 2004). In December 2004, Dr. Roby was named Coordinating Physician-Geriatric Physician Services at Maryland General, continuing through the present in this position. He has been a Physician member of the Maryland General Hospital Ethics Committee continuously since 1994, as well as a continuing member of the Education subcommittee of the MidAtlantic Healthcare Ethics Committee Network since 2001. Dr. Roby has also been a lecturer in the Medical Mutual Liability & Insurance Society of Maryland Risk Management Program since 1994. Dr. Roby has been active in Geriatric and Nursing Home and Assisted Living Medicine since 1979, caring for Nursing Home and Assisted Living residents since that time and active in the Internal Medicine community and hospital practice in the Baltimore area since 1979. He has served as Medical Director at multiple Baltimore area nursing homes since 1979. Dr. Roby was named to THI's National Medical Director Advisory Board-(Executive Council-National Nursing Home System) and received American Medical Directors Association Certified Medical Director status in 2003. He recertified as a Certified Medical Director by AMDA in June 2009 and was a nominee of AMDA for National Medical Director of the year for 2008.
Lee Schwab, MD, FCCP, is a Staff Physician and recovering intensivist at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring now concentrating on roles as Chair of the Ethics Committee, Chair of P&T Committee, and physician champion/site lead for various patient safety projects.
Anita J. Tarzian, PhD, RN, serves as Program Coordinator for the Maryland Health Care Ethics Committee Network (MHECN), which is administered by the UM Carey School of Law's Law and Health Care Program. Dr. Tarzian is also an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, in the Department of Children and Community Health. Her professional focus has been in clinical and research ethics, including clinical ethics consultation, health care ethics committees, ethics education, palliative care, hospice, influence of culture on health care decision-making, and issues related to health care access. She serves on the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) Standing Committee of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and prior to that chaired the ASBH's Core Competencies Update Task Force, which produced a second edition of the report, "Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation." Dr. Tarzian received her doctorate in Nursing and Ethics from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and a Masters from the same university in Intercultural Nursing.
Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, serves as the Medical Director for Shore Home Care and Hospice. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she is a resource for patients and their families when they face the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of life-limiting and chronic illnesses. Dr. Vaidyanathan was awarded the 2012 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement for developing a palliative care program for Shore Health System.