Visiting Scholar Announcements

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. Jonathan Vanderhoek

Sep 1, 2016, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Jonathan Vanderhoek, PhDThe 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.