Key staff

Claire Hooker
Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator, Medical Humanities Unit

Claire is on maternity leave until January 2014, please contact Acting Medical Humanities Coordinator Bridget Haire with enquiries -

Claire Hooker has worked in history, gender and cultural studies, history and philosophy of science, public health and medicine in a career that has maintained three coherent themes: translating the humanities and the sciences to one another; understanding the value of the arts; and exploring concepts of risk. As the program director Claire teaches most of the units of study listed here, and will adapt the program content to your interests and needs.

Professor Warwick Anderson
Professor Anderson holds an appointment as Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of History and the Center for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. Additionally, he has an affiliation with the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at Sydney and is a Professorial Fellow of the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Alison Bashford
Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Associate Professor Jack Carmody
Physiology, School of Medical Sciences
Professor Carmody is a retired academic physiologist (UNSW), and lively music critic and author.

Professor Michael Field
Associate Dean of the Northern Clinical School
Professor Field has contributed to the development of the Music-Medicine degree in the Faculty of Medicine.

Clinical Associate Professor Jonathan Gillis
Professor Gillis is Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care and a palliative care physician at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead. His interests include philosophical, historical and sociological aspects of Medicine; a particular interest is in the status of the medical history and his PhD thesis was titled Taking a Medical History in Child Illness : Representations of Parents in Medical Texts since 1850.

Dr Christopher Jordens
Dr Jordens has an honours degree in philosophy, a masters degree in public health, and a PhD which forms part of the ongoing research program at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law. He is currently co-editor of the new Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Chris has broad-ranging interests in social and ethical issues relating to health and medicine; he specialises in qualitative and linguistic methods of inquiry. He convenes the unit Biomedicine and Society BETH5103.

Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
Professor Kerridge is Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. He convenes and teaches in a number of bioethics (BETH) units of study.

Dr Catherine Mills
Sydney Bioethics Program, Faculties of Science and Medicine
Dr Mills is the co-ordinator of Bioethics, and Sesqui Lecturer in Bioethics based at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. She convenes Ethics and Biotechnology: Genes and Stem Cells BETH 5201; and
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning BETH 5101.

Dr Hans Pols
Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science
Dr Pols' interests are in history of medicine and in history of psychiatry, psychology and the social sciences. He convenes History of Science and Medicine HPSC4102.