Wendell Taylor, PhD, MPH
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Wendell Taylor, PhD, MPH as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Taylor will be in residence from March 2020 through July 2020. The objectives of his current research proposal are to present a comprehensive overview and analysis of ethics related to hiring practices and workplace interventions for people who smoke or are obese. His research interests are physical activity, workplace health promotion, health equity, and health behaviors in high priority populations.
Dr. Taylor was the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant titled, Booster Breaks: A 21st Century Innovation to Improve Worker Health and Productivity. This study was a cluster-randomized controlled trial of health promoting breaks in the workplace and assessed physical, psychological, and organizational-level outcomes. There are more than 16 peer-reviewed publications related to the Booster Break concept and interventions.
Dr. Taylor received his AB from Grinnell College, MS in Psychology from Eastern Washington University, PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and his MPH from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. In addition, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Community Health at the Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His previous positions include tenured Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, and Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Cizik School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Minji Lee, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Minji Lee, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lee will be in residence from June 2019 through August 2020. Dr. Minji Lee recently received a PhD Degree in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Her PhD thesis, “Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations in the Writings of Late Medieval Religious Women” explored how this medieval German nun defended the woman’s sexual/reproductive body” as positive in the images of re-creation and salvation against misogynic medieval and religious culture of her age.
Granted that Dr. Lee is a medievalist interested in the interactions between mysticism and medicine in the Middle Ages, she now turns to the new research project to compare medieval European medical theories and modern Korean folk medicine in order to see how women have been striving to maintain their reproductive health and to bring positive meanings to their own bodies. She also participated in making a Korean independent documentary project “For Vagina’s Sake (2017)” to posit how Western pre-modern medicine “diabolized” women’s menstrual body.
Currently, she is also a volunteer at Reunion Institute to promote public awareness in religion.
Upreet Dhaliwal, MS
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Upreet Dhaliwal, MS as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Dhaliwal will be in residence from February 2019 through May 2019.
Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal, formerly Director-Professor of Ophthalmology at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, is one of the founding members of the Medical Humanities Group in the Institution.
She is editor of the journal “Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)” which is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, the only journal in Asia that caters specifically to the medical humanities. RHiME can be accessed
An occasional poet, and an avid promoter of medical student-led poetry sessions, Dr Dhaliwal is keen to deepen her involvement with the humanities through the visiting scholar program at the Institute for Medical Humanities. Her work here involves an
exploration of the Provider-Patient relationship through the medium of poetry.
Leslie Griffin, Ma, MPhil, PhD, JD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Dr. Griffin as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Griffin will be in residence from August 2018 through April 2019.
Dr. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Dr. Griffin teaches constitutional law and is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion.
She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University and a JD from Stanford Law School. She is author of the Foundation Press casebooks, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (4th edition, 2017) and Practicing Bioethics Law (2015), which was co-authored with Joan H. Krause, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
M. Murat Civaner, PhD, MD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome M. Murat Civaner, PhD, MD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Civaner will be in residence from July 2018 through August 2018.
Dr. Civaner is a 1992 graduate of the Uludag University School of Medicine. He earned a PhD in ‘Public Health’ from Dokuz Eylul University in 1999 and a PhD in ‘Medical Ethics and History of Medicine’ from Ankara University in
Dr. Civaner is currently a professor of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Uludag University School of Medicine in Bursa, Turkey. His professional duties include teaching, ethics consultation, and research. He teaches medical ethics and history
of medicine to undergraduate medical students, as well as master's and PhD candidates. He also teaches research ethics to future researchers.
Dr. Civaner is a member of the Patient Rights Committee of Uludag University Centre for Health, Practice and Research, which handles patient complaints weekly. He also works in the Hospital Ethics Committee, established for case review, guideline development,
and training physicians.
In 2017 Dr. Civaner was awarded the Hans-Joachim Schwager - Prize for Clinical Ethics in recognition of his efforts to develop a clinical ethics consultation service and a Hospital Ethics Committee at Uludag University Centre for Health, Practice and
Matthis Krischel, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is please to welcome Matthis Krischel, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Krischel will be in residence from March 2018 through June 2018.
Dr. Krischel earned a Master of Arts in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and a doctorate in history and the philosophy of medicine from Ulm University in Germany in 2013.
Dr. Krischel's research focuses on the history of medicine and the life sciences in the 19th and 20th century. He has published articles on the history of Nazi medicine and its commemoration, the history of eugenics and human genetics, the history of
urology and narrative bioethics.
As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Krischel will study the history and reception of hypothermia experiments performed at Dachau Nazi concentration camp in 1942/1943. He is especially interested in determining if, while clearly unethical, these experiments were
performed to internationally recognized scientific standards of the time.
Diane B. Paul, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Diane B. Paul, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Paul will be in residence from January 2018 through March 2018.
Diane B. Paul is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Since 2004, when she retired from UMass Boston, she has held visiting teaching appointments at the Center for Society and Genetics at UCLA and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and research appointments at the University of British Columbia, the Harvard Medical School Program in Ethics and Health, the Vrige University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Science and Innovation Unit at the University of Edinburgh, and the Zoology Department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ.
Dr. Paul's research has primarily focused on the histories of evolution and genetics, especially in relation to eugenics and the nature-nurture debate. She has also published policy-oriented work on controversies over cousin marriage and on contemporary prenatal and neonatal genetic testing. Her books include Controlling Human Heredity: 1865 to the Present (Humanities/Random House, 1995), The Politics of Heredity: Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate (SUNY Press, 1998), The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (with Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), and, most recently, Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (co-edited by John Stenhouse and Hamish G. Spencer; Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
During her residency as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Paul hopes to make progress on her major current project: “The Quest for Objectivity in Prenatal Genetic Care: Conundrums of the ‘Pro-Information’ Movement.”
William Ventres, MD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome William Ventres, MD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Ventres will be in residence from February 2017 through May 2017.
Jonathan Vanderhoek, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jonathan Vanderhoek, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Vanderhoek will be in residence from September 2016 through November 2016.
Dr. Vanderhoek earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Vanderhoek is an Instructor of Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics at Selkirk College. his areas of specialization include normative ethics, moral psychology, and clinical ethics.
As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Vanderhoek will be working on a project that explores the relationship between empathy and moral agency in the clinical context. He will focus on three topics in particular: 1) how empathy can help providers to understand their patients’ evaluative and emotional attitudes in response to delivered prognoses, 2) how empathy influences providers motivational sets, and 3) how implicit biases impact the reliability of empathy as resource for understanding patients. In addition to this research, he will spend time working with and learning from the Clinical Ethics team.
Fionagh Thomson, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Fionagh Thomson, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Thomson will be in residence from June 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.
Dr. Thomson is an ethnographer with an interest in how to create the space and time with participants to think through and describe their everyday lives: focusing on what people do rather than what they think they do. She works with video, camera, paper and conversation. She likes to work across, rather than within, disciplines and outside academia with medical professionals, lab scientists, design engineers and artists.
Dr. Thomson's current research explores the conflict within the blood supply chain (donation to transfusion)—between ensuring a sufficient and a safe supply of blood components, at a time when donor numbers are dropping and blood manufacturing regulations are tightening. Her other interests include different representations of the ‘body’ in medical spaces (e.g. MRIs), the extension of health professionals’ senses through tools/technologies and philosophical hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur & Idhe).
Dr. Thomson earned a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate from the University College London Institute of Education. Her background includes environmental ethics, visual anthropology, philosophy, human geography and ecology. Dr. Thomson has completed fieldwork in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Scottish Hebrides and the consulting spaces of emergency departments, breast cancer outpatients, GP clinics and patients’ homes.
Browne Lewis, MPA, JD, LLM
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Browne C. Lewis, MPA, JD, LLM as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lewis will be in residence from September 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015.
Vanessa L. Johnson, MBA, JD, LLM
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Vanessa L. Johnson, MBA, JD, LLM as a isiting Scholar. Dr. Johnson will be in residence from August 20, 2015 through September 20, 2015.
Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Houston - Clear Lake School of Business.
Dr. Johnson earned a Master of Laws in Health Law, a Master of Laws in Tax Law, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Tulane University Freeman School of Business.
Dr. Johnson is an alumna of Leadership Houston's Class XXIX, as well as the United Way of Greater Houston's Project Blueprint Class XXIX. She has served on the boards of directors for Builders of Hope CDC, Avenue CDC, and the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program.
Anna Magdalena Fisher, MA, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Anna Magdalena Elsner, MA, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Elsner will be in residence from February 10, 2015 through July 31, 2015.
Dr. Elsner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and French from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Arts in European Literature and Culture and a Doctorate from the University of Cambridge. She completed a fellowship with the Joanna Randall McIver Research Fellowship Program at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
Dr. Elsner is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Department of French and the Centre for the Humanities and Health based at King’s College London. Her areas of research include twentieth-century French literature and philosophy, the intersections between literature and medicine, theories of melancholy, psychoanalysis and cinema.
Dr. Elsner has a forthcoming book on mourning and creativity in Proust, Freud and Derrida, and has written a variety of articles on À la recherche du temps perdu and documentary cinema. She is a member of the Équipe Proust at the ITEM, based at the ENS, Paris.
In her current research project, Dr. Elsner is investigating the clinical encounter in twentieth-century French literature and film, paying particular attention to questions arising from doctor-patient communication relating to pain.
While in residence at the Institute, Dr. Elsner will work on a chapter about physician writers in twentieth-century France, focusing on the importance some of these writers attribute to the processing and re-shaping of the clinical encounter in their non-clinical writing.
Dien Ho, MA, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Dien Ho, MA, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Ho will be in residence from February 2, 2015 through March 31, 2015.
Dr. Ho is an associate professor of philosophy and healthcare ethics at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts. His area of research includes reproductive ethics, organ transplantation policies, philosophy of science, and philosophy of pharmaceutics.
Dr. Ho is the author of numerous articles in both academic journals (Bioethics, AMA Journal of Ethics, and Analysis) and popular media (Newsweek and Philosophy NOW) and is currently editing an anthology on philosophy and pharmaceutics. The volume explores philosophical issues from the development of drugs to their dispensing and to their usages.
Dr. Ho earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and politics from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Tufts University, and a Doctorate in philosophy from the Graduate Center—the City University of New York.
Prior to joining MCPHS University, he taught at University of Kentucky, Brooklyn College, and Yale University.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Ho also serves as a clinical ethics consultant for Boston-area's hospitals. He was a founding member of the University of Kentucky Medical Center's Ethics Committee. Besides his passion for philosophy, he is also an avid cyclist and an aficionado of zombies.
Terence Wright, PhD
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Terence Wright, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Wright will be in residence from February 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015.
Dr. Wright is Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Ulster University (UU), Northern Ireland and Chair of the Anthropological Association of Ireland. Formerly he was Course Director for the MFA Photography program at UU.
Dr. Wright is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, board member of the Society for Visual Anthropology and affiliated member/visiting researcher at DIGIS (Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualisation & Communication), Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
Dr. Wright earned Master’s degree in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art, London; a Master’s in Ethnology, University of Oxford and a Doctorate from University College London (1986) for his work on photography and visual perception.
He worked as a freelance photographer for BBC News and Current Affairs, programs such as That’s Life, Rough Justice and Crimewatch, as well as editorial photography for Cosmopolitan, Company and New Scientist. Among his assignments for the BBC he covered the Libyan People’s Bureau siege in London and the Iranian Airline hijack in Paris in 1984.
In 1998 Dr. Wright returned to Oxford University to establish the research project ‘Moving Images – The Media Representation of Refugees’ at the university’s Refugee Studies Centre. He was also a Visiting Professor at Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen (Bergen Academy of Art) in Norway.
As part of the European Union funded ‘NM2’ (New Millennium, New Media) research project, Dr. Wright produced and directed The Interactive Village (2004-7): a digital ethnography of Dolní Roveň a village in Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic in collaboration with the University of Pardubice. He also produced a FUSION cross-border creative & digital media economic development project forming part of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. The project developed interactive mobile media guides to Irish history sites with the overall aim of enabling visitors to access multi-perspective, contested or contradictory histories as well as myth, legend and conjecture.
In 2008 Dr. Wright held a Visiting Research Fellowship at CRASSH (Centre for Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities) at the University of Cambridge. He has exhibited his visual work in UK, Poland and Russia; his publications translated into Polish, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. In 2014 Dr. Wright was co-organiser of the Future of the Visual Image in the Medical Humanities conference held at the Open Gates Centre at UTMB. His current research project “The Memory Game” is a visual media iPad-based system for reminiscing, supporting memories of people with dementia.
During his residence in the Institute, Dr. Wright will be working in this area of study as well as conducting further research into the theoretical dimensions of visualization, memory and reminiscing.
The Photography Handbook (3rd edition). London: Taylor & Francis, in press.
Visual Impact: culture and the meaning of Images. Oxford: Berg, 2008
“Drawn from Memory: reminiscing, narrative and the visual image” International Journal of Computers in Healthcare, 2010
“Photography and Visual Rhetoric” in The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods. London: Sage, 2011
“Visual Culture, Ethnography and Interactive Media” in A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe. Oxford: Blackwell,
“Media, Refugees and other Forced Migrants” in The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford University Press, 2014
Meet Dr. Lun Li
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Lun Li, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Li will be in residence from July 2003 through June 2004.
Dr. Lun Li is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethics, Hunan Normal University, China. Prior to joining Hunan Normal University, he completed a fellowship in research research ethics at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Li taught at Central South University Xiang-Ya School of Medicine (then Hunan Medical University) in 1991-1999. He launched Chinese Bioethics Website in 1999 and co-launched a bioethics library project in 2000.
Dr. Li's current interests include bioethics and cyberethics. In 2002-2004, he working on a research project entitled "Influence of Japanese Criminal Human Experiments in China 1931-1945 and the American Cover-up on Postwar Research Ethics in China."
While at the Institute, Dr. Li will focus on "Ethical Responsibilities in Biomedical Research in the Context of Immoral Societies: Reflections on Japanese Medical Atrocity in China 1932-45."