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January 25, 2011

Two from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have received professional honors.

Bethany Spielman, Ph.D., J.D., (portrait) associate professor of medical humanities and health law at SIU School of Medicine and SIU Carbondale, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the journal Medicolegal and Bioethics.  The journal is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal exploring the application of law to medical and drug research and practice and the related ethical and moral considerations. 

Spielman, who is director of the medical school’s medical ethics program, joined the SIU faculty in 1993.  She completed fellowships at the University of Virginia (UV) Center for Biomedical Ethics (1993), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy (1987), the McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital (1987) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1986).  Spielman earned her law degree at UV (1992), her doctorate at the University of Iowa (1983), her master’s at Duke University (1984) and her bachelor’s at Concordia College (1974). 

A native of West Bend, Wisc., she and her husband, Keith Miller, have two sons.

Brenda Vilayhong (portrait) has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the certification body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).  The designation of CMPE demonstrates board certification in medical practice management.  ACMPE has more than 6,600 members.

Vilayhong, director of clinical operations for SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group, joined SIU in 1999.  She earned her master’s in public health and bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Illinois Springfield (1996, 1993). 
Vilayhong and her husband, Troy Vilayhong, have two daughters.