Johan C. Bester

Director of Bioethics, UNLV School of Medicine
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 UNLV School of Medicine, 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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Johan C. Bester In The News

August 27, 2021
Metro Police have no plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for existing officers, despite FDA approval of the Pfizer shot and the deaths of four officers from the coronavirus.
August 23, 2021
Nevada, like much of the nation, has been facing a summer surge of the pandemic. But is there light at the end of the tunnel?
July 26, 2021
New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue.
June 1, 2021
Current state and county policy allows vaccinated individuals to go without a mask in most indoor settings, while requiring the unvaccinated to continue to wear masks. And government policy allows businesses and organizations to require proof of vaccination, if they so choose.

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Campus News | May 11, 2021
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