The Department of Health Care Ethics hires new tenure track faculty
Dan Bustillos is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Ethics with a secondary appointment in the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. He holds a PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.
“I’m very excited to be here and very impressed with the quality of both the faculty and the students,” Bustillos says. “The diversity of viewpoints is refreshing, and to be honest, it surprised me a little,” he adds. “The Jesuit tradition of liberal education creates a great work environment—the commitment to academic freedom and rigorous thought set the department apart when I interviewed and helped me make my decision to come here.”
Bustillos has only been on the Saint Louis University campus for a few months, but is already making an impact. “Right after I arrived I was able to help build an undergraduate certificate in medical humanities from the ground up. It’s a field that is important to me given my background, and that I was able to collaborate with other departments right after starting was a great opportunity.”
With his unique expertise and background in law and the humanities, Dan is an important addition to the Health Care Ethics faculty. “My primary research interests are health policy and health disparities as they relate to cross-cultural issues in health care,” he says.
Dan is currently teaching Ethical Issues in Public Health to students in the School of Public Health and is in the process of developing two new courses for Health Care Ethics PhD students: one on cultural competence in health care ethics; another on medical humanities, which will be cross-listed for seniors in the undergraduate medical humanities certificate program.