Johan C. Bester

Johan C. Bester, MBChB, PhD, MPhil

Interim Assistant Dean for Biomedical Science Education

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Johan C. Bester, MBChB, PhD, is the director of bioethics and interim assistant dean for biomedical science education at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV (Las Vegas, Nevada). He is also an associate professor in the department of medical education.

Bester completed medical training in South Africa, and practiced in family medicine and emergency medicine settings for 12 years in many different places, including in South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He then transitioned to a professional focus on bioethics and medical education, which included completing a master’s degree and a PhD in applied ethics, and clinical ethics fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic.

Presently Bester teaches ethics, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine to medical students and provides leadership to the pre-clerkship MD curriculum. He engages in active scholarship in the areas of pediatric ethics, vaccination ethics, systems issues in medical ethics, and justice. His work has been published in notable journals, such as JAMA Pediatrics, The American Journal of Bioethics, The Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, and Bioethical Inquiry. He spends much time thinking about a just society, how society can be made kinder, better, and more inclusive, and the implications of these questions for medical practice and medical systems.