Creighton University - Center for Health Policy & Ethics

Senior Visiting Fellows

Senior Visiting Fellows Program

The Center for Health Policy and Ethics' Senior Visiting Fellows program has hosted scholars from around the world. Those selected to be a Senior Visiting Fellow have national and/or international recognition, as well as a sustained record of contribution in Bioethics or a related field. Typically, fellowships last from three to six months. At this time, the Center is not accepting Senior Visiting Fellow applications.

Past Senior Visiting Fellows

Melvil Pereira, SJ
2011 Senior Visiting Fellow

Father Melvil Victor Pereira, SJ, PhD, arrived from India in January and stayed in Omaha through May. Father Pereira is a Jesuit priest and has a PhD in Political Science from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University. His doctoral studies focused on the interface of customary laws of the indigenous people in Northeast India with the state laws. Father Pereira is a member of the Kohima Jesuits whose projects in Northeast India are located in the primarily rural, mountainous surroundings in the Himalayan hills and valleys between Bhutan, China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. The Kohima Jesuits are active in sustainable development, legal advocacy and forest preservation to protect the livelihoods of indigenous people. Father Pereira is associated with The North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC) whose task is to provide publications, forums, and programs on critical social issues in the region.

Portrait of Sabina Jafarova

Sabina Jafarova, MD, MBA
2008 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

From January to June 2008, CHPE hosted Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Sabina Jafarova, of Baku, Azerbaijan as a result of a joint application with Metropolitan Community College. Dr. Jafarova, a pediatrician, was a guest lecturer in a number of undergraduate courses including Principles of Population-Based Health Care and Power, Politics & Policy in Health Care in the School of Nursing. In the Health Administration and Policy program, Dr. Jafarova lectured in the Public Policy of Health Care course and the senior perspectives course in Biomedical Ethics. Her experience as Program Assistant in the area of human development programs for the World Bank in Azerbaijan gives her expertise in the subject areas of aspects of global health and knowledge of the process of health care reform in Post Soviet countries. Her research aims to access and investigate information on best practices in the spheres of designing and implementing ethically-sound health policies and processes.

Portrait of Wolter Brands

The Netherlands
Wolter Brands, DDS, JD, PhD
2007 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Brands divides his time among three professional roles. He practices general dentistry, serves as a judge in medical malpractice cases, and he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on legal aspects of the duty to treat, and continues to write in both Dutch and English language journals and books on legal and ethical aspects of medical and dental care. He spent three months at CHPE to work with Dr. Jos Welie on a textbook on ethical and legal aspects of dental practice.

Portrait of Dr. Sandra M. Fabregas

Puerto Rico
Sandra M. Fábregas, PhD
2005 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Fábregas' home university is in the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico where she teaches bioethics health communication and pharmacy anthropology. In addition to her research interests in health communication; applied bioethics in medicine and pharmacy; and history in health sciences, Dr. Fábregas has recent interest in examining organizational ethics in health care scenarios as a result of her involvement with the evaluation of health care reform in Puerto Rico.

Portrait of Dilara Valikhanova

Dilara Valikhanova, PhD, MD
2005 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Valikhanova's stay at CHPE from Azerbaijan was sponsored by a grant from the International Research and Exchange Board to study "Ethical Issues in Public Health Policy". Her research interests include the implementation of informed and presumed consent in medical practice, end-of-life decisions, and ethical issues in organ transplantation. She participated in the development of laws on organ transplantation in the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republic in 1999. In 2006 she was part of an international team including CHPE faculty that convened at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio Italy around the topic of Ethical Issues in Public Health Policy in Post-Soviet Countries: Changing Attitudes and Practices toward Respect and Autonomy.

Portrait of James T. Rule

James T. Rule, DDS
2003 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Rule is an emeritus professor of the University of Maryland, but continues to perform clinical research in Guatemala and co-edits the Dental Ethics Section in the Journal of the American College of Dentists.

During his time at CHPE he worked on the 2nd edition of his textbook with Robert Veatch, Ethical Questions in Dentistry, (Quintessence Pub. Co, 2004). In subsequent years, he continued working with CHPE professor, Jos Welie, on the role of dental education in reducing health disparities, which resulted in two co-authored book chapters in J. Welie (ed.) Justice in Oral Health Care, Marquette University Press, 2006.

Portrait of Henk ten Have

The Netherland, USA
Henk ten Have, MD, PhD
2001 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Henk ten Have, a native of The Netherlands, was Professor of Medical Ethics and Chair of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine of the Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), when he resided at CHPE in the Spring of 2001 as Senior Visiting Fellow. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as the Director for Ethics of Science and Technology at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Since 2010, he is Professor and Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. As part of his stay at CHPE, Dr. ten Have worked with CHPE professor, Jos Welie, on a new book on euthanasia published in 2005: Death and Medical Power, (Open University Press).

Jack Glaser, STD
2000 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Jack Glaser, who served as CHPE's fourth Senior Visiting Fellow, passed away on January 19, 2012. He was an Executive Vice President for Theology and Ethics of the St. Joseph Health System in Orange, California. Dr. Glaser was a pioneer in exploring institutional health care ethics issues, which he considered to be one of the most pressing areas of ethical reflection for the American, and in particular for the Catholic-American, health care world. His efforts in institutional ethics had two main emphases. First, he developed a year-long pilot programs geared toward senior executive teams who he believed were the primary ethics committees of the organization. Second, he worked to transform hospital ethics committees into centers of measurable, systemic change. This effort grew from his belief that problems in clinical ethics are eighty percent systems-caused and twenty percent people-caused. Dr. Glaser's contributions to health care ethics were prized--he will be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues at CHPE.

Bela Blasszauer

Bela Blasszauer, JD, PhD
1999 Senior Visiting Fellow

Bela Blasszauer, JD, PhD, our first international Fellow, resided and worked at the Center from April 1 to June 30, 1999. Earlier that year, Dr. Blasszauer retired from his position of professor of bioethics at the Medical University of Pecs (Hungary) after a teaching career of 22 years. A passionate advocate of honesty, justice and democracy, he built the field of bioethics in his home country virtually single-handedly and against the oppression of the communist regime and medical corruption - two forces Dr. Blasszauer has ardently fought against in his many presentations and publications.

Indeed, Dr. Blasszauer used his brief tenure at the Center to continue his research on factors that foster the moral climate of a university, particularly health sciences schools. In addition to literature study in Creighton's libraries, he took the opportunity to interview a number of our senior university administrators. In his fellowship report, he concluded that "everywhere I went in the university, I found high level of work morality, commitment to teaching and education. ... The promotion of justice at Creighton has certainly widened my horizons....From the clear exam requirements through the highly modern and well maintained facilities, till the dedication of the staff, one can see that there are many factors contributing to the moral climate of a university."

Portrait of Mary B. Mohwald

Mary B. Mahowald, PhD
1998 Senior Visiting Fellow

During her stay at CHPE, Dr. Mahowald worked on (and later published) two books: Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy, co-authored with A. Silvers and D. Wasserman, Rowman and Littlefield, 1998; and Genes, Women, Equality, Oxford University Press, 2000.

In the fall of 1998 she had a month-long residency fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for study in Bellagio, Italy. From 2002-2003, she was a visiting professor at Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics.
In 2003, she was invited to testify at a meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics in Washington.

Dr. Mahowald is currently working on a book entitled Ethical Issues in Women's Health Care: Across the Lifespan, Oxford University Press, and is editing a special issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine on The President's Council on Bioethics.

For more information about Dr. Mary B. Mahowald, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago, visit the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics website.

Portrait of Warren T. Reich

Warren T. Reich, STD
1997 Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Reich, a prominent leader in Bioethics, is Distinguished Research Professor of Religion and Ethics in the Georgetown University Theology Department and Professor Emeritus of Bioethics in the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He established the first Bioethics course at Georgetown's School of Medicine, and many know him as Editor-in-Chief of the two editions of the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Dr. Reich's research and consultation at Creighton University culminated approximately seven years of inquiry into the moral idea of care. During his tenure at Creighton, Dr. Reich worked on a book on A History of the Idea and Practice of Care.