Mark A. Clark, PhD
Dr. Clark is a Medical Humanist whose principal realms of expertise include Narrative Issues in Medicine, Narrative Ethics, Literature and Medicine, and Autobiography / Life-writing. His doctoral degree, from Michigan State University, is in English Literature and features specializations in British Romanticism, Victorian Literature, and Literary Theory. His evolving scholarly work and interests have led him to the interdisciplinary field of the Medical Humanities. In the English Department at Saint Louis University, he co-founded and directed an undergraduate certificate program in the Medical Humanities (which has since developed into a Minor program). Subsequently, he assumed the role of Director of the Graduate Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Institute for the Medical Humanities. During his tenure, the Institute was awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Award of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) for its long-term positive contributions to Bioethics education. Dr. Clark was selected as a member of UTMB’s Academy of Master Teachers and was the sole Medical Humanist selected to serve on the UT system’s Task Force on Professional Identity Formation, a component of the Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) initiative undertaken by the University of Texas. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Naval Officer, and a former Jesuit Scholastic, Dr. Clark draws on his experiences of service academy / officer formation and Catholic religious / Jesuit formation to promote the project of moral and professional identity formation of medical students. He is delighted to assist UIW students in pursuing their ambitions of service as physicians of Osteopathic Medicine—physicians who can integrate the wisdom that the humanities offer to the quest of care—and physicians who, in caring well, can find themselves fulfilled in helping make the world a more loving place.