He is currently the director of the Integritas Institute for Ethics at the Blessed John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois Chicago. The Institute is a resource for faculty, students and staff in the Health Sciences College; the local Church of Chicago, and beyond.
Father Blazek’s medical practice has centered on direct care of the indigent and uninsured. Both in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago and in Washington, D.C., his practice has been limited principally to the homeless as well as to Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Previous to his assignment in Chicago, Father Blazek taught medicine and ethics at Georgetown University School of Medicine at the rank of Assistant Professor across all four years of the Medical School curriculum. Courses taught included ethics, patient interviewing, physical diagnosis and pharmacology. He has also served as a clinical preceptor for GU medical students in the Ambulatory Care Course.
In August 2008, Father Blazek was appointed to the Defense Health Board, sitting on the Subcommittee on Medical Ethics. This Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Defense provides independent scientific advice and recommendations on matters relating to health care delivery, research and policy for all members of the Armed Forces and DOD beneficiaries.
He has served frequently as a Scientific Reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Department of Defense. His specialty in this regard is the human research subject protection plans of research proposals in orthopedics, oncology and neurological protocols.
He served as Vice-Chair and Member Scientist on the MedStar Research Institute – Georgetown University Medical Center Joint Oncology Institutional Review Board. The board is charged with the protection of human research subjects undergoing experimental chemo and radiation-therapy.
Father Blazek’s other service to the University included the special committee for Redesign of the Basic Science Curriculum and the Circle Grant Review committee. He was an active member of the clinical ethics consultation service at Georgetown University Hospital.
Father has been a frequent guest speaking on bioethics on the national radio broadcast “Morning Air,” and a recurrent contributor to the Newsweek.WashingtonPost.com conversation “On Faith.”
Father Blazek entered the Society of Jesus following residency in Internal Medicine and professed perpetual vows in 2003. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Iraq where he served as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division. Among his military awards are the Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault schools.