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Lance Wahlert

Lance Wahlert

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Program Director of the Master of Bioethics

2011 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Heather K. Love
"The Clinical Gays and the Painful Reunion: Medical Spectatorship and Historiographical Practice in New Queer Cinema"

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Office Hours

By appointment

Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; 423 Guardian Drive, 14th Floor

Lance Wahlert is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) program in the Perelman School of Medicine.   Wahlert is also Core Research and Teaching Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences, and regularly teaches in the departments of English and History and Sociology of Science.  After receiving his B.A. in English and History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, he earned an M.A. in Irish poetics from Johns Hopkins, an M.Sc. in History of Science from Imperial College London, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wahlert’s scholarly interests include narrative medicine, clinical ethics, the history of LGBTQ medicine, disability theory, cinema studies, and Irish and Norwegian literature.  Accordingly, he has held residential fellowships at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine (London), Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Oslo, King's College London, the British Film Institute, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.  In the fall of 2013, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Cleveland Clinic, serving as a specialist in medical humanities and LGBT health.

Having been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Pew Foundation, Wahlert’s scholarship has been featured in publications including Bioethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, and The Hastings Center Report.  He has also served as guest editor of three special issues of academic journals dedicated to the intersections of bioethics, queer theory, disability studies, and the history of medicine: “Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity” for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (2012); “Queer in the Clinic” for the Journal of Medical Humanities (2013); and “Mapping Queer Bioethics: Space, Place, and Locality” for the Journal of Homosexuality (2016).

Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Travis Chi Wing Lau "Prophylactic Fictions: Immunity and Biosecurity "

Courses Taught

fall 2018

ENGL 107.001 Literature and Medicine: 1650-Present canceled  

spring 2018

fall 2017

ENGL 107.001 Literature and Medicine canceled  

fall 2016

ENGL 107.001 Literature and Medicine canceled  

fall 2015

spring 2015

fall 2014

summer 2010

ENGL 105.900 Medicine and Literature, 1650-2000 canceled  

fall 2009

summer 2009

spring 2009

fall 2008

summer 2008

spring 2008

fall 2007

summer 2007

ENGL 247.920 Sensational Literary London