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William V Blazek

Title

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Department

Center for Clinical Bioethics
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-8271

Location

Office hours

By appointment

Bio

Father William Blazek, SJ, MD, FACP is a board certified Internist, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Jesuit Scholastic. He has taught across all four years of the Medical School curriculum in ethics, patient interviewing, physical diagnosis, and pharmacology. He has also served as a clinical preceptor for GU medical students in the Ambulatory Care Course.

In August 2008, Dr. Blazek was appointed to the Defense Health Board, sitting on the Subcommittee on Medical Ethics. This Federal Advisory Committee to the US Secretary of Defense provides independent scientific advice and recommendations on matters relating to health care delivery, research and policy for all members of the Armed Forces and DOD beneficiaries.

He has served frequently as a Scientific Reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, (Department of Defense.) His specialty in this regard is the human research subject protection plans of research proposals in orthopedics, oncology, and neurological protocols.

He has served as Vice-Chair and Member Scientist on the MedStar Research Institute - Georgetown University Medical Center Joint Oncology Institutional Review Board. The board is charged with the protection of human research subjects undergoing experimental chemo and radiation-therapy.

Dr. Blazek's other service to the University has included the special committee for Redesign of the Basic Science Curriculum and the Circle Grant Review committee. He has been an active member of the clinical ethics consultation service at Georgetown University Hospital.

He has been a frequent guest speaking on bioethics on the national radio broadcast “Morning Air,” and a recurrent contributor to the Newsweek.WashingtonPost.com conversation “On Faith.”

Fr. Blazek entered the Society of Jesus following residency in Internal Medicine and professed perpetual vows in 2003. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Iraq where he served as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division. Among his military awards are the Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a graduate of the US Army Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools.

Education

  • Master of Arts (2006) Loyola University Chicago, Health Care Ethics
  • Residency (2001) West Suburban Medical Center, Internal Medicine
  • Categorical Internship (1999) Loyola University Medical Center, Internal Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine (1998) Rush Medical College,
  • Bachelor of Arts (1986) Marquette University, Political Science

Languages

  • Spanish (speak, read, write)