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 www.rhime.in/ojs

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. M. Murat Civaner

Jul 1, 2018, 10:55 AM by Julia Essex

M. Murat Civaner, PhD, MDThe 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 2006. 

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 Research.