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. Kristy Williams

Sep 1, 2013, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Kristy Williams, PhD, LLB, LLMThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Kristy Williams, PhD, LLB, LLM as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Williams will be in residence from September 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and biochemistry from Simon Fraser University. During her undergraduate studies she participated in a cooperative education program and had the opportunity to spend a year working full time for two biotechnology companies. Dr. Williams earned a Doctorate in neuroscience from Memorial University of Newfoundland, researching the molecular and cellular biology involved in nerve regeneration.

Dr. Williams also earned a Bachelor of Law from the University of Calgary. During law school Kristy approached health law issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, and presented her legal research on discrimination on the basis of genetic information, in Canada, at a national conference.  She then clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and completed her articles with a law firm.  Dr. Williams earned a Master of Laws in health law from the University of Houston, where she completed her thesis on the creation of a regulated market for human cadaver organs, focusing on how such a market would promote organ donation and recognize the imp the need to compensate the estates of cadaver organ donors for the donation. She also researched how FDA regulations governing updates to medical device software impacts both the device manufactures and users ability to respond to cybersecurity threats to medical devices.

Dr. Williams is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the New York Bar.

Dr. Williams research at the Institute will involve the legal and ethical issues surrounding physician-patient conflict over the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.   Her interest in the intersections of law and medicine stems from her diverse academic background in both the sciences and the law.