Dec 11, 2023

Sylff@Tokyo: Developing a Network for Medical Humanities

Carlos Moreno-Leguizamon, a 1998-2000 Sylff fellowship recipient at Howard University, visited the Sylff Association secretariat on November 24, 2023, during his trip to Tokyo.

(From left) Executive Director Mari Suzuki, Carlos Moreno-Leguizamon, and Director Keita Sugai.

 Moreno-Leguizamon’s research interests include anthropology, communication, and health studies and systems. After completing his PhD, he served a UN-related mission in Kolkata. He has also been long engaged in research and teaching at the University of Greenwich. During his professional and academic career, he was involved in many research projects in Africa, India, and Latin America.

 Currently, Moreno-Leguizamon is looking at palliative care. He says that medical science often fails to incorporate humanity and spirituality into medical care. It is important that terminally ill patients be placed in patient-friendly environments and that care providers listen and adapt to the needs of the patient and family. He envisions developing a network for medical humanities between Japan and Colombia, where he is originally from, to promote research and activities on palliative care.