While a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Turner worked on his research concerning "Cultural Diversity, Practical Moral Reasoning, and the Care of the Dying."
Leigh Turner is currently a Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, and College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. In addition, he is a Member of the Global Health concentration within the Consortium for the Study of the Asias. Before arriving at the University of Minnesota in July 2008 Turner was Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. From 1998-2000 Turner was Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and clinical ethicist at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. From 1996-1997 Turner was Research Associate at The Hastings Center. In 1996 Turner received his PhD from the School of Religion & Social Ethics at the University of Southern California. His doctoral dissertation explored ethical issues and health policy challenges in multicultural societies.
Turner has held visiting appointments at several institutions. In 2006-2007 Turner was Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. From 2003 to 2004 Turner was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In 1999 Turner was Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
With Raymond De Vries, Kristina Orfali, and Charles Bosk, Turner edited The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). His articles have appeared in such publications as BioSocieties, British Medical Journal, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, and Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He has also contributed to the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and Jerusalem Post.
Turner’s current research is situated at the intersection of global health ethics and transnational health policy. In particular, Turner is examining ethical issues related to medical travel and the emergence of a global marketplace in health services. His research program includes ethical and social analysis of cross-border commercial organ transplantation, international medical travel, "stem cell tourism", “dental tourism", the establishment of bioeconomies in India and Singapore, cross-border shopping for medications, global migration of health care providers, and international trade in health services. Many of these topics are addressed in courses Turner offers through the Center for Bioethics and School of Public Health.
De Vries, R., Turner, L, Orfali, K., Bosk, C. (Eds.), 2007. The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Crooks, V. Turner, L., Snyder, J., Johnston, R, Kingsbury, P. 2011. “Promoting Medical Tourism to India: Messages, Images and the Marketing of International Patient Travel.” Social Science and Medicine 72: 726-732.
Turner, L. 2011.“Quality in health care and globalization of health services: accreditation and regulatory oversight of medical tourism companies.” International Journal for Quality in Health Care 23: 1-7.
Runnels, V., Turner, L. 2011. “Bioethics and Transnational Medical Travel: India, ‘Medical Tourism’, and the Globalization of Health Care.” Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 1: 42-44.