Focus on Mentoring

Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD
May 2021

Dr. Lisa Campo-Engelstein completed her master’s and PhD degrees in philosophy at Michigan State University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University with the Oncofertility Consortium. She joined UTMB in August 2020 as the director of the Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities (IBHH) and an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health.

Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Campo-Engelstein served as the associate director of Bioethics Graduate Studies and associate director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Her research focuses on reproductive ethics, particularly fertility preservation and male contraception, and feminist and queer bioethics, and she has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. The British Broadcasting Corporation named her as one of the 100 Inspiring and Influential Women of 2019. She serves on multiple national and international organizations, including the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Advisory Board, the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Editorial Board, the American Journal of Bioethics Editorial Board, the Male Contraception Initiative, Alliance for Fertility Preservation, Center for Reproductive Health After Disease, and the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Program Committee. During her career, she has mentored over 70 medical, graduate, and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student research assistants. She has held numerous teaching roles including program director of the four-year longitudinal bioethics course at Albany Medical College and instructor for medical, graduate, and undergraduate students on such topics as health care ethics, reproductive ethics, and philosophy and bioethics, among many others.

Since joining UTMB, Dr. Campo-Engelstein has been actively engaged in student mentorship. She believes that one of the best ways for students to cultivate their research skills is by playing active roles in collaborative research projects with supportive faculty mentors. Her commitment to this belief is evidenced by the fact that she has involved close to a dozen UTMB students on various research projects within the past several months. She has coauthored papers with three bioethics and health humanities graduate students, resulting in three forthcoming publications. One of her projects with a first-year medical school student was presented at an international conference this spring, and she has three abstracts based on collaborative projects with students under review for presentation at national conferences.

Dr. Campo-Engelstein also serves as the faculty advisor for the Allies in Health student group, and they are in the initial stages of a collaborative project addressing LGBTQ+ health in Galveston. She has reinvigorated professional development mentorship within the IBHH by organizing and hosting weekly events including the Works in Progress series featuring scholarly work from both students and faculty, workshops focusing on specific skill sets, and discussions on timely topics affecting academia and healthcare. Dr. Campo-Engelstein also actively mentors junior bioethics and health humanities faculty, meeting with them weekly to ensure a smooth transition to a new role and a new institution. In recognition of her commitment to mentoring, please join the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in celebrating Dr. Campo-Engelstein as the May 2021 GSBS Focus on Mentoring designee.

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