Who We Are
Dr. Chessa is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Maine Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he serves as Associate Course Director of Ethics and Professionalism and Co-Course Director for Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine in the Maine Track. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor at both Bates College and the University of Nevada. He attended Dickinson College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts in philosophy at the University of South Florida, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he focused on ethical theory and medical ethics. In 2012 and 2016, he was awarded “Outstanding Lecturer” from Tufts University School of Medicine. He regularly presents at national conferences and has numerous publications on medical ethics. At MMC, he is a member of the Institutional Review Board and Directs the Living Donor Advocacy Program. His topics of interest include Clinical Ethics (e.g., End-of-Life Care, Organ Transplantation, Reproductive Health), Medical Ethics (e.g., Methodology, Just Distribution of Health Care Resources, Managing Relationships with Industry, Research Ethics), and General Ethical Theory.
Laura Madigan-McCown MSW, MTS
Laura Madigan-McCown is a clinical ethicist at Maine Medical Center where she conducts ethics consultations, helps to coordinate the clinical ethics committee and participates in ethics education and training for staff and organizations. Laura has a Masters in Social Work from Boston University and a Masters in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She has also completed coursework and training at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics.
Isabella N. Stumpf, D.O.
Isabella N. Stumpf, D.O. practices Palliative Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Stumpf is board certified in Hospice in Palliative Medicine. She attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Maine Medical Center. Her primary practice is at Maine Medical Center where she serves as the Division Director of Palliative Medicine and as Clinical Assistant Professor Faculty. Dr. Stumpf serves as the chair of the clinical ethics committee since 2015. Dr. Stumpf is the Medical Director for Palliative Care at MaineHealth and also holds a per diem faculty position at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her interest in palliative medicine involves patient and family centered care and a system based approach to health care delivery to improve the access and value of palliative care across settings.
Janet P. Maguire
Interim Co-chair: Janet Maguire RN, BSN, MBA. Current MMC position: Clinical Risk/Safety Coordinator. Member of Ethics Comm since 2010. Completed Harvard Bio-Ethics course 2011. Co-chair of Ethics Comm from: 2012-2014.
Marjorie Nickerson-Smith, RNC
Marge has worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse at MMC for 33 years. She currently practices on R-7, a 46 bed medical cardiac unit and she is a Certified Cardiovascular nurse. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass. and a diploma in nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She was a delegate to the MMC values in action caucus and has helped to facilitate focus groups for the hospital in stress and burnout, and performance reviews. She is a member of R-7s practice committee.
Director of Nursing for R1/CTICU. I oversee the CardioThoracic Surgical units at MMC. I’ve worked here for 7 years and my clinical background is CardioThoracic ICU nursing. Nursing is a second career for me. I was a Firefighter/Paramedic for 10 years before going to Nursing School.
Catherine F. Garlid, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Kitty’s position at MMC is Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and did her chaplain residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. She worked as Director of Spiritual Care at Greenwich Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System, where she was a co-founder and co-chair of the Ethics Committee for 25 years. She chaired the MMC Clinical Ethics Consultation Task Force in 2014 and is now a member of the Ethics Committee.