William V Blazek
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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 presently serves as a Scientific Reviewer for the new Clinical Trial Award panel as part of the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program under the auspices of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, (Department of Defense.) This panel provides peer review of research proposals intended to advance treatment and rapid rehabilitation from musculo-skeletal injuries sustained during combat or combat related activities.
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.
His academic interests include investigating the practical application of ethical theory in military clinical settings as well the bioethical ramifications of the mechanisms of research and development of military material. 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.”
Dr. 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.
He is presently on a planned leave of absence from the faculty to complete his theological studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.
- 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
- Spanish (speak, read, write)