Alumni Spotlight

Jozef Glasa

Prof. Jozef Glasa, MD, PhD, PhD, professor, clinical researcher, and physician at the Slovak Medical University in Bratislava. Clinical pharmacologist, hepatologist, internist, and bioethicist.

He holds two leading positions at the University – a head at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine; a head at the Institute of Health Care Ethics, Faculty of Nursing and Advanced Health Studies. He is also a director of independent Institute of Medical Ethics and Bioethics n. f.

Jozef received his first Ph.D. in Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava in 1997. Then, in 2006 he received his second Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk’s University in Brno. Jozef’s longstanding career and sustained professional development is complex and difficult to summarize. Just some highlights: Jozef helped to develop or sustain three professional medical disciplines in Slovakia: clinical hepatology, clinical pharmacology, and health care ethics – bioethics, all with a particular regard to the international context and collaboration. He edits an international journal “Medical Ethics & Bioethics”. He served or serves at a number of professional-scientific national or international committees, boards, and expert working groups. E.g., Ethics Committee at the Slovak Ministry of Health, Standing Committee on Ethics and Regulation of AI, Accreditation Council of Slovakia for Continuous Medical Education, Presidium of the Slovak Medical Association, Council of Europe Steering Committee on Bioethics, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, Board of the European Forum of Good Clinical Practice, Council of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, etc. For about 25 years was a scientific secretary of the Slovak Society of Hepatology. Currently is a president of the Slovak Society of Clinical Pharmacology. He already received an impressive number of distinguished professional awards. He authored many professional or scientific papers, articles in popular journals, book chapters, textbooks, and monographs. He often appears as an expert in various printed or mass media (radio, TV).

During his Fulbright stay at three different US institutions, he was especially focusing on theoretical and practical aspects of successful decision-making of ethics committees in a pluralistic society. Besides extensive on the spot research and professional consultations, and development of novel, practical solutions, some of those later successfully implemented in Slovakia or elsewhere, Jozef gave and took part in different lectures and seminars, and built professional connections and collaborations. Not only in health care ethics and bioethics, but also in clinical hepatology. He started to work on his book and submitted research papers for publication.


As Jozef says, "Despite all obstacles, we must always give good things the best possible chance.”


This year, Jozef and the Institute of Health Care Ethics hosted Fulbright U.S. Scholar grantee, Michael Joseph Murphy. Michael has chosen Slovakia and Slovak Medical University based on Jozef Glasa’s and his colleagues’ works and publications. He is an internationally recognized and highly respected professional.