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. Jac Saorsa

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

    Jac Saorsa, MPhil, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jac Saorsa, MPhil, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Saorsa will be in residence from October 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013.

    Dr. Saorsa is a visual artist, writer, and researcher in art practice and philosophy. She works primarily on the interface between visual art practice and the medical humanities.

    Dr. Saorsa's research interests are centered on an ongoing inquiry into how we, as human beings, engage with our world, with particular regard to the relation between art practice and biomedical science as it affects the existential "lived experience" of illness.

    Dr. Saorsa earned a Master of Philosophy from Glasgow University, and a PhD in Philosophy and Contemporary Drawing Practice from Loughborough University. She has extensive experience of teaching drawing practice and theory in Universities in Costa Rica, Cyprus, Lisbon, London, and most recently at Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Art and Design, and has presented her work both nationally and internationally.

    As an Honorary Research Fellow with Cardiff and Vale Health Board, Dr. Saorsa has collaborative links with Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and with Imperial College London where she has delivered drawing workshops attended by both medical faculty and students.She currently runs The Broadway Drawing School in Cardiff, UK.Recent publications include her book, Narrating the Catastrophe: An Artist’s Dialogue with Deleuze and Ricoeur (2011) Intellect Books, and her work can be found online at:

  • Meet Dr. Kristy Williams

    September 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. 

  • Meet Dr. Donna A. Patterson

    June 15, 2013, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Donna A. Patterson, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Donna A. Patterson, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Patterson will be in residence from June 15, 2013 through August 31, 2013.

    Dr. Patterson is an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has published on women pharmacists in Senegal, illegal pharmaceutical trafficking, and public health in Africa in the Journal of Women's History, Harvard Africa Policy Journal , and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Her book on the emergence and expansion of medical professionals, particularly pharmacists, in French West Africa and postcolonial Senegal is forthcoming. She has begun a new book project that considers transnational linkages to drug trafficking and control in sub-Saharan Africa. 

    Dr. Patterson has provided cultural and trade expertise to corporations, NGOs, and government agencies while working and living in Washington, DC and West Africa. While working at the Dakar Embassy, she advised businesses and foreign governments on trade, public relations and humanitarian concerns and reported on women's economic activity in rural and urban Senegal. She also helped to coordinate the U.S. Secretary of Transportation's Open Skies Summit in Senegal.

    Dr. Patterson earned a Doctorate in African history and studies from Indiana University at Bloomington. She has received fellowships from Fulbright IIE, Woodrow Wilson Center, Princeton University, and the American Historical Association.

  • Meet Dr. Browne C. Lewis

    April 23, 2013, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Browne C. Lewis, MPA, JD, LLMThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Browne C. Lewis, MPA, JD, LLM as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lewis will be in residence from April 23, 2013 through June 23, 2013.

    Dr. Lewis is the Leon & Gloria Plevin Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

    Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grambling State University. She completed fellowships at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Lewis earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, and a Master of Laws from the University of Houston.

    Dr. Lewis started her professional career as a statistician and ADR trainer at the Conflict and Change Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then, she clerked for the Honorable Daniel Wozniak, Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Dr. Lewis practiced in the areas of environmental, elder, family, housing and probate law. In the summer of 2012, she was a visiting researcher at the Fondation Brocher in Geneva, Switzerland. In the summer of 2013, Dr. Lewis will be a visiting Scholar at the Hasting Center and at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.  

    Dr. Lewis writes in the areas of bioethics, family and reproductive law. She has published in the George Mason Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review and the Lewis & Clark Law Review. Her most recent article on physician-facilitated suicide was published in the Oregon Law Review.   In July 2012, New York University Press published Dr. Lewis' book entitled Papa's Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination.

  • Meet Dr. Heidi Powel-Mullins

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

    Heidi Powell Mullins, MEd, EdDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Heidi Powell-Mullins, MEd, EdD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Powell-Mullins will be in residence from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

    Dr. Powell-Mullins earned a Doctorate of Education in art education from the University of Houston.

    Dr. Powell-Mullins has served as an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Eastern Washington University. In 2011 she served as a delegate to Cuba with the National Art Education Association focusing on global arts education initiatives; she was an invited scholar to the Atelier-Schaumbad in Austria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq199DNXIiE ); and in 2010 she served as an National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in Alaska (UAS) and British Columbia (UBC). In 2009 Dr. Powell-Mullins served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Iceland Academy for the Arts-Listahaskoli Islands lecturing and pursuing creative research in interdisciplinary approaches to arts education. 

    Dr. Powell-Mullins exhibits nationally and internationally and has exhibited work at the Atelier Schaumbad and remix: galerie in Graz, Austria, The Lost Horse Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, Salon Izidor Krsnjavi, in Zagreb, Croatia, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Morrilton, Arkansas, the Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as the Seattle Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Eastern Oregon University, and Florida International University to name a few. Her sculptural work “Voices of Our Ancestors,” is on permanent loan to the Depot Museum in Morrilton, Arkansas, and tells the story of her great, great grandmother Diodema born on the Trail of Tears. As a scholar and artist of Native American (Eastern Oklahoma Delaware-Lenni Lenape) and Norwegian descent, her scholarly work includes national and regional publications in arts education, speaks at conferences, workshops, and public forums both internationally and nationally about art making, visual storytelling, cultural identity, and her current academic scholarship here at the Institute focuses on Narrative Inquiry and Experienced-Based research methods addressing pedagogy in the medical humanities and medical education integrating the arts, which encompasses art making as curriculum, museum/medical education, art historical contexts, the anthropology of art (art cultures), and research in art practice, exploring the theoretical and practical ideas of how the arts disrupt preconceived notions in learning environments. These methodologies are by nature interdisciplinary and re-exam claims of plurality, viability, and cannon as a form of cultural positioning in the arts and arts pedagogy and practice especially when related to the medical humanities.

    Dr. Powell-Mullins' creative work focuses on indigenous and isolated histories and ideas and their relationship to contemporary society as landscape.  Her art making involves a variety of mixed methods (encaustic, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture), exploring indigenous Native American and transcultural conceptions of place and space and the feminine. These conceptions reference the intersecting points of life between and in diverse cultures, involving both the past and the present. She believes her creative scholarship becomes a present day artifact of integrated diversity, a cultural innovation of artistic expression. Foundational to her creative work is the notion of “story” which re-emphasizes the conflictual and the consensual in society, constructing and de-constructing daily identity where the personal, collective, and cultural converge. She says, “for me, art making is a way of adding original dialogue and new ideas, to artistic narratives of knowledge that demonstrate how individual truth, imagination, and experience work together.”

    While in residence in the Institute, Dr. Mullins will research the confluence of arts practice in the medical humanities and medical education.

  • Meet Dr. Sara van den Berg

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

    Sara van den Berg, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Sara van den Berg, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. van den Berg will be in residence from September 1, 2012 through December 17, 2012.

    Dr. van den Berg completed twelve years as Chair of the English Department at Saint Louis University in June 2012, and is spending the Fall 2012 semester in residence at the Institute, working on two research projects: a study of pain and narrative, and a book on the cultural meanings of the dwarf in Western culture since the Renaissance. 

    After earning a Doctorate from Yale University, Dr. van den Berg taught at Fordham University and Fairfield University before joining the faculty at Ohio State. There she designed and team-taught a large lecture course on Medicine and the Humanities—one of the first in the country. She then became a faculty member at the University of Washington-Seattle, where she taught Early Modern English literature and also developed a year-long undergraduate sequence in Medicine and Society.

    At Saint Louis University, she worked with Mark Clark (now of IMH) and other colleagues to design a successful Interdisciplinary Minor in Medical Humanities. She has published three books, as well as essays on Milton, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Freud, including essays on Freud’s dreams, on the motif of reading and writing in the Dora case, and on the case narratives in Studies in Hysteria. That essay was written for a conference at the Institute, and was published in The Good Body: Asceticism in Modern Culture (edited by Mary Winkler and Letha Cole of IMH).

    Dr. van deb Berg's work on pain began with an essay, “Narrative as Measurement of Pain,” presented at a meeting of the International Society for the Study of Narrative two years ago. Her research has been supported by a 2011-12 Presidential Research Fund Grant from Saint Louis University, and she discussed her current project at a recent Pain and Wellbeing Conference in St. Louis. 

    Both her research on pain and her study of dwarfism are linked to her teaching and research in Disability Studies. She currently chairs the MLA Committee on Disability Issues, and at SLU-Madrid will teach a graduate seminar on “Disability and the Problem of Perception.” The course will focus on three different forms of disability: blindness, dwarfism, and pain. Blindness is a deficit of perception (and that part of the course will focus on Milton); dwarfism both is and is not perceived as disability; and pain is an “invisible” disability that cannot be objectively measured.

    After leaving Galveston in December, Dr. van den Berg will spend the Spring 2013 semester teaching at the SLU campus in Madrid, and in April will be a Visiting Fellow at the History of Pain Project at Birkbeck College-University of London. 

  • Meet Dr. Paula Summerly

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

    Paula Summerly, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Paula Summerly, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Summerly will be in residence from August 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

    Paula Summerly’s academic background is in the history of medicine (PhD, University of Glasgow), palaeopathology (MSc, University of Sheffield), and fine art photography (BA, Sheffield Hallam University). Her doctorate entitled Visual Pathology: A Case Study in Late-Nineteenth Century Clinical Photography in Glasgow, Scotland was funded through a Wellcome Trust scholarship.

    Subsequently, she was a researcher on the Forensic Medicine Archives Project at the University of Glasgow, http://www.fmap.archives.gla.ac.uk/

    From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Summerly was a Fellow in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. She undertook research on the history of pediatric clinical photography and the history of forensic photography in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department.

    In 2007, Dr. Summerly was awarded a scholarship from the Friends of the Dittrick Medical Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. She researched the dermatological photographs taken by Dr. William Thomas Corlett (1854-1948) and the dissection photographs published in Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930 by John Harley Warner and James Edmonson (Blast Books, 2009).

    Dr. Summerly has published papers on a range of subjects including: Sir William Macewen (1848-1924), pioneer of aseptic surgery; photographic evidence; and clinical photography. She has curated temporary and permanent exhibitions including: Photographing Pediatrics: Northwestern University, circa 1900-1940 at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Chicago (2011); and A Healing Passion: Medicine in Glasgow Past and Present at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow (2006). Dr. Summerly has also acted as a freelance consultant for the temporary exhibitions team at the Wellcome Trust, London.

    During her time at IMH, Dr. Summerly will research the role of visual knowledge in medicine and the humanities, with a special emphasis on photography. Her interests include the art of clinical observation and patient anonymity. She will also explore and utilize local visual archival sources including the anatomical drawings by  Dr. William Keiller (1861-1931) held in the Blocker History of Medicine Collections at the Moody Medical Library.

  • Meet Dr. Richard Armstrong

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

    Richard Armstrong, MPhil, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Richard Armstrong, MPhil, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Armstrong will be in residence from July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

    Dr. Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate from Yale University.

    Dr. Armstrong is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Houston Honors College.His particular field is the reception of classical culture, with a special focus on its role in the development of psychoanalysis.

    His publications include: A Compulsion for Antiquity: Freud and the Ancient World (Cornell UP, 2005); “The Schliemann of the Mind: Sigmund Freud and Archaeology”; “Urorte und Urszenen. Freud und die Figuren der Archäologie”;  “Last Words: Said, Freud, and Traveling Theory”; “Being Mr. Somebody: Freud and Classical Education”; “Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna”; “Quid Berolinum Vindobonae? Die Antike und das Freudsche Netzwerk”; “Psychoanalysis and the Wellsprings of Myth”;  and “Freud and the Drama of Oedipal Truth.” 

    Dr. Armstrong is co-editor with Paul Allen Miller of the Ohio State University Press series Ancient Memories / Modern Identities and a contributing editor of American Imago.  He is also a contributor to Engines of Our Ingenuity on KUHF.