Henk  ten Have Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Henk ten Have

Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University

I am a medical doctor and philosopher who worked in patient care but became more interested in the philosophical and ethical dimensions of health care. As a teacher in medical schools in the Netherlands I became convinced that health professionals need more than excellent scientific and technological training. As international civil servant in UNESCO I learned that patients have similar needs everywhere and that global health requires a re-thinking of bioethics.


I studied medicine and philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands (MD 1976; PhD 1983);  worked as researcher (Pathology Laboratory, University of Leiden), as practicing physician in the Municipal Health Services (Rotterdam) before being appointed as Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limburg, and subsequently as Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine in the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 2003 I joined UNESCO (Paris, France) as Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology. Since 2010 I am Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA (see: www.duq.edu/chce).


    Medicine; University of Leiden, The Netherlands (MD 1976))
    PhD Medicine, University of Leiden, 1978
    PhD Philosophy, University of Leiden, 1983

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    palliative care; euthanasia; drug addiction; genetics; choices in health care;resource allocation; health policy; ethics education; global bioethics; biopolitics.

Personal Interests

    French culture and literature


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