Dr. Mara Buchbinder is the Principal Investigator on the project and a medical anthropologist specializing in the culture of medicine in the United States. Her recent work has explored how patients, families, and healthcare providers navigate social and ethical challenges raised by new developments in medical technology, public health policy, and law. She is especially interested in the role of language in medicine and in the relationships among patients, families, and clinicians in managing illness and healthcare. Dr. Buchbinder is an Associate Professor at UNC’s Department of Social Medicine and core faculty in the Center for Bioethics.








Dragana Lassiter is the study research assistant and a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill.