Johan C. Bester

Director of Bioethics, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Expertise: Vaccines, Bioethics, Clinical Ethics, Medical Education

Biography

Johan Bester is an expert on ethical aspects of vaccinations, bioethics, medical education, and pediatric ethics. Bester has studied issues around vaccination ethics and policy, including informed consent, moral decision making and public health ethics. Bester's research specialties include clinical ethics practice, bioethical analysis, and ethics of vaccinations with an emphasis on the measles vaccination.

A former physician, Bester completed medical training in South Africa, and practiced family and emergency medicine for 12 years in a variety of settings, including South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Prior to joining the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, Bester was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary, where he developed and delivered ethics curriculum and workshops. In 2016, Bester completed a year of fellowship training in clinical ethics at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent an additional year on staff as a clinical ethicist. He taught bioethics in the medical school and medical center, engaged in bioethics scholarship and publication, and provided ethics consultations. 

Bester's research has been published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, JAMA Pediatrics, AMA Journal of Ethics, and the American Journal of Bioethics, among others.

Education

  • MB.Ch.B., Medicine and Surgery, Stellenbosch University
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Stellenbosch University
  • M.Phil., Philosophy, Stellenbosch University

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Reno Gazette-Journal
Following months of chaotic legal wrangling, Nevada's window to get approval for its first execution in more than 15 years will close this weekend as the state's "surreptitiously obtained" supply of a crucial lethal injection drug nears its shelf life.
Yahoo! News
A week before Christmas, I got the dreaded call from my physician: "Your COVID-19 test came back positive." It was my second time with the disease, so I thought I knew what came next. The physician recited the standard protocol for isolation. I asked if there were any medications I could take to help my sore throat, chills, and nasal congestion. Suddenly, the physician veered off script.
Business Insider
A week before Christmas, I got the dreaded call from my physician: "Your COVID-19 test came back positive." It was my second time with the disease, so I thought I knew what came next. The physician recited the standard protocol for isolation. I asked if there were any medications I could take to help my sore throat, chills, and nasal congestion. Suddenly, the physician veered off script.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Over the past year, 1.6 million Nevadans — or about half of the state’s population — have been inoculated against COVID-19 in a roller-coaster rollout of the vaccine.

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