Visiting Scholar Announcements

Taylor, Wendell

Meet Dr. Wendell Taylor

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendell C. Taylor, Visiting Scholar in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health. 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.

Meet Dr. Minji LeeMinji Lee

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 DHALIWALMeet Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal

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 at

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.

Meet Dr. Sue Gena Lurie

Jan 1, 2012, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Sue Gena Lurie, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Sue Gena Lurie, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lurie will be in residence from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012.

Dr. Lurie is a medical anthropologist and recently retired faculty member in Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health, and Medical Humanities, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Fort Worth, and Anthropology at the University of North Texas.

She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma (1983) and was a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow in “Ethnography and Public Policy” at Northwestern University’s Anthropology Department (1984-85).

From 1987 to 2012, Dr. Lurie taught social and behavioral theory and community health; social justice, human rights and ethics; medical and psychological anthropology; and qualitative research methods. At the school of public health she co-directed the MPH/MS Applied Anthropology program, and directed Dr. P.H. dissertations. In 2005 she received a public health education award, and from the Fall of 2009 to the Spring of 2010 she was a Fulbright Fellow lecturing in Bioethics, and Medical Anthropology at the Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Lurie’s research and writing have been on comparative health and medical systems; and  professionalization and professions - from her dissertation on the professionalization of nursing during Hong Kong’s reform era (1967-1980); to the comparative development of HK’s nursing and social work professions; and the professionalization of Physician Assistants in the United States. In addition she has studied: community mental health care; the needs of elderly and homeless people; tuberculosis education with Hispanic organizations for the Centers for Disease Control; and conducted health needs assessments for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She co-authored Health-Seeking Behavior in Ethnic Populations with Tyson Gibbs, and has, in addition, published journal articles and chapters on public health policy, research ethics, mental health care systems, urban homelessness, and comparative health planning with non-governmental organizations. 

At the Institute, she is expanding on her historical research (with Gordon Lurie) developing a “transnational analysis” of medicine, professionalization, and public health which joined Central Europe, the U. S., and the developing world throughout the twentieth century. Her current work focuses on the development and transformation of a key organization – the American Medical Association of Vienna (1904-1938) and its post-war successor, the American Medical Society of Vienna (1952-1990). This organization is part of a complex of similar groups such as the Anglo-American Medical Association of Berlin (1903-1938), and others in Paris and London. This study, which began in 2009, uses Hong Kong’s transnational experience on professionalization and its network-city urban program as a template for reconsidering health and professionalization in Vienna and Central Europe during both the interwar years and the Cold War era. A preliminary paper was presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in 2010. Drawing on the extant archives of the AMA of Vienna and the AMS of Vienna which were gathered in 2009-2010, and access received to the American Medical Association archives in Chicago, she hopes to develop grant funding to pursue research in Europe, the United States, and (for the Cold War era) South Asia and the Middle East.