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Denise Dudzinski


Professor and Chair

Office: A-204H Health Sciences Building
Phone: 206-543-4840
Email: dudzin@uw.edu

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Dr. Dudzinski is Professor & Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities, Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and in  in the Departments of Pediatrics & Family Medicine at the University of Washington.  She earned her PhD in Ethics from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is Chief of the UW Medicine Ethics Consultation Service, which is active in three UW Medicine hospitals.

She is member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Board of Directors and was a member of the Task Force to update the Core Competencies in Health Care Ethics Consultation.  She is also on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Bioethics and Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Dr. Dudzinski co-edited a book entitled Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. Her articles often pertaining to clinical and organizational ethics have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Hastings Center ReportTheoretical Medicine & Bioethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Dudzinski has developed an ethics curriculum for residency programs and teaches bioethics to health care providers, medical students, graduate, and law students at the University of Washington and affiliated hospitals. 

Her research includes: methods and practices in ethics consultation; clinical and organizational ethics; ethical issues in transplantation and mechanical circulatory support; large-scale adverse event disclosure; competent refusal of nursing care; moral distress; and ethical issues in end-of-life care.

Select Publications:

  • Brazg, T, T Lindhorst, DM Dudzinski, B. Wilfond. 2016. Defining Patient Advocacy for the Context of Clinical Ethics Consultation: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Consultants. Journal of Clinical Ethics 27:2, 176-184.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2016. Navigating Moral Distress Using the Moral Distress Map. Journal of Medical Ethics.  March 11.doi:10.1136/medethics-2015-103156
  • Lang, KR, CY Dupree, AA Kon, DM Dudzinski. 2016. Calling Out Implicit Racial Bias as a Harm in Pediatric Care. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 25:3, 540-52.
  • Dudzinski, DM, PC Hébert, MB Foglia, TH Gallagher. 2010. The Disclosure Dilemma – Large-Scale Adverse Events. The New England Journal of Medicine. 363:10, p. 978-986.
  • Clark, JD & DM Dudzinski. 2013. “Fostering a Culture of Dysthanasia: Attempting Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Terminally Ill Pediatric Patients.” Pediatrics 131:3, 572-580.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2014. “Addendum: Contemporary Ethics Problems of the Hospital.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Fourth Edition. Edited by B Jennings. New York: MacMillan Reference USA.
  • Tarzian, A & the ASBH Task Force to Update the Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation. 2013. “An Update on Core Competencies and Emerging Standards from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Core Competencies Update Task Force.” American Journal of Bioethics 13:2, 3-13.
  • Dudzinski, DM, R Rhodes, & A Fiester.  2013. “Pedagogical Goals for Academic Bioethics Programs.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 22, 284-296.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2011. “Integrity and the Moral Gestalt: Zaner Tells his Mother’s Story” in Clinical Ethics and the Necessity of Stories: Essays in Honor of Richard M. Zaner. Philosophy and Medicine Series, Vol. 109. Edited by O P Wiggins & AC. Allen. New York: Springer Press, 107-117.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2010. “Euthanasia by Another Name? The Principle of Double Effect in Palliative Care” Ethics in Anesthesiology: A Case-Based Textbook. Edited by Gail Van Norman et al. Cambridge University Press.
  • Ford, PJ & Dudzinski, DM. Eds. 2008. Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us. Cambridge University Press.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2006. "Ethics Guidelines for Destination Therapy". Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 81:1185-8.
  • Dudzinski, DM 2006. "Compounding Vulnerability: Pregnancy and Schizophrenia." American Journal of Bioethics. March/April 6:2, W1-W14.


Recent Talks
  • Dudzinski, DM. The Ethics of Destination Therapy: When a Bridge Becomes the Journey’s End. American Academy of Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 11, 2016.
  • Dudzinski, DM. Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us. Bioethics Grand Rounds. Medical College of WI. Milwaukee, WI. September 15, 2015.
  • Dudzinski, DM & T. Gallagher. Enhancing the Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes to Patients. Grand Rounds, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Downey, California.  February 27, 2015.
  • Dudzinski, DM. The Disclosure Dilemma: When Adverse Events Affect Multiple Patients. Ethics Grand Rounds, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas.  January 12, 2015
  • Petty, MG S Beer, J Currey, MA, KC Carney PA Kofflin, K Grady & DM Dudzinski. Panel: Focus on Caregivers: Investing in Our Patient’s Future. Burdens of Family Caregivers as Surrogate Decision-Makers. Annual Meeting of the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplant.  Prague, Czech Republic. April 19, 2012
  • Spike, J, AA Kon, SE Shannon, S Sprague, & DM Dudzinski. Advanced Skills Workshop for Clinical Ethics Consultation. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. October 21, 2010; October 13, 2011; October 18, 2012; October 23, 2013
  • Training Health Care Ethics Consultants. Second Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Paris, France. April 12, 2012
  • Taking Your Pulse: Coping with Moral Distress in Clinical Practice. Third Annual Ethics in Health Care: Perspectives and Applications:.  Sponsored by Group Health Cooperative and Virginia Mason Medical Center.  May 1, 2012
  • The Ethical Dilemma of Adverse Event Disclosure. Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management, Quality Weekend Workshop, University of British Columbia, June 17, 2011
  • The Disclosure Dilemma: When Adverse Events Affect Multiple Patients .Cedars-Sinai Hospital’s Center for Healthcare Ethics Grand Rounds. Los Angeles, California. May 18, 2011
  • Special Lecture: Decision Making in Terminally Ill [Left Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy Patients].  5th Annual European Mechanical Circulatory Device Summit.  Bad Oyenhausen, Germany, December 3, 2010

Awards, Honors and Grants Received:

  • Secretary (2016-2018), Director at Large (2013-2016), = American Society for Bioethics & Humanities
  • Presidential Citation Award, Awarded to members of the Committee to Revise the Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation, American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, 2011.
  • Outstanding Continuing Medical Education Course Chair, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2008 (for Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics)
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Swedish Medical Center, Internal Medicine & Family Medicine Resident & Medical Student Education, 2007



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