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Denise Dudzinski


Professor and Chair

Office: A-204R Health Sciences Building
Phone: 206-543-4840

Select Publications | Recent Talks | Honors, Awards, Grants | Courses | Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Dr. Dudzinski is Professor and Chair in the Department of Bioethics & Humanities, Associate Director of the Clinical Ethics Certificate Progra, Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, and Adjunct Professor in Pediatrics (Division of Bioethics) & Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Dudzinski was appointed Chair of the department effective March 1, 2015. 
She received her PhD in Religion and Ethics from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service and Associate Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center. 
She was a member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Task Force to update the Core Competencies in Health Care Ethics Consultation.  She was Senior Fellow in Clinical and Research Ethics at Vanderbilt Center for Clinical and Research Ethics and Fellow in Transplant Ethics and Policy at Vanderbilt Transplant Center.
Dr. Dudzinski co-edited a book entitled Complex Ethics Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. In addition to numerous book chapters, her articles, often pertaining to clinical and organizational ethics, have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Hastings Center Report, Theoretical Medicine & Bioethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Clinical 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: ethical issues in transplantation; destination therapy and end-of-life care; methods and practices in ethics consultation; organizational ethics; large-scale adverse event disclosure; competent refusal of nursing care; and literature and medicine.

Select Publications:

  • 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. In press. “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.
  • Palpant NJ, Dudzinski DM. 2012. “Zinc-finger nucleases: looking toward translation” Gene Therapy. Feb 9, e1-e10.
  • 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.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2004. “Integrity: Principled Coherence, Virtue, or Both?” Journal of Value Inquiry. 38:3, 299-313.
  • Dudzinski, DM. 2004. "Ethical Issues in Fertility Preservation for Adolescent Cancer Survivors: Oocyte and Ovarian Tissue" Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 17:2, 97-102.
  • Recent Talks
  • Smith, M; D. Sulmasy, DM Dudzinski, C. Bruce. The Ethical Challenges of Ventricular Assist Devices.  American Society of Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting.  Washington, D.C.  October 20, 2012
  • 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
  • Dudzinski, DM, A Fiester, & R Rhodes. Directions & Goals in Bioethics Education: White Paper Project.  Second Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Paris, France. April 11, 2012
  • Training Health Care Ethics Consultants. Second Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Paris, France. April 12, 2012
  • How Do We Turn This Thing Off? Ethical Conundrums When Patients Have Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators or Ventricular Assist Devices Tenth Annual Palliative Care Conference. Encompassing More than End-of-Life Care. Harborview Medical Center. April 26, 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:

  • Director at Large, American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, 2012-present
  • Member of Committee to Revise the Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation, American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, 2007-2011.
  • 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
  • Fellow, Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, 2002-2005
  • Teaching Scholar, University of Washington School of Medicine 2003-2004



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