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Nancy S. Jecker, PhD

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Office: A-204J Health Sciences Building
Email: nsjecker@uw.edu

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Nancy S. Jecker, PhD is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Department of Philosophy, and Affiliate Professor, George Mason University, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Washington after first earning Masters degrees in Philosophy from both the University of Washington and Stanford
University. Dr. Jecker has conducted research as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center, the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, the Stanford University Institute for Research on Women and Gender (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research), and the Georgetown University Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She was a visiting fellow in Princeton University's DeCamp Program in Ethics and the Life Sciences and was twice awarded Rockefeller Resident Fellowships, by the University of Texas Medical Branch Institute for Medical Humanities and the University of Maryland Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. Dr. Jecker is editor (with Albert Jonsen and Robert Pearlman) of Bioethics: AnIntroduction to the History, Methods, and Practice, 3rd edition (Jones and Bartlett,
2011). She is the author (with Lawrence Schneiderman) of Wrong Medicine: Doctors,Patients, and Futile Treatment, 2nd edition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and of Aging and Ethics: Philosophical Problems in Gerontology (Humana Press, 1991). Dr. Jecker
has authored over 100 articles and chapters on ethics and health care. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Hastings Center Report, Annalsof Internal Medicine, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, The Encyclopedia ofBioethics, and other publications.

Recent Publications:

  • Schneiderman, LJ, Jecker, NS, 2015 (Chinese Translation), 2011 (2nd edition), and 1995 (1st edition). Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Futile Treatment, Johns Hopkins University Press; Chinese translation by Ho-Chi Book Publishing Company, New Taipei City, Taiwan. E-Book by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Jecker, NS, 2017 Forthcoming. "Age-Related Inequalities in Health and Healthcare: The Life Stages Approach." Developing World Bioethics.
    Schneiderman, LJ, Jecker, NS., Jonsen, AR., 2017 Forthcoming. “The Abuse of Futility.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.
  • Jecker, Nancy S., Ko, Andrew L. 2017 Forthcoming. “Is that the Same Person? Case Studies in Neurosurgery.” AJOB Neuroscience.
  • Jecker, NS, Wightman, AG, Rosenberg AR, 2017. “From Protection to Entitlement: Selecting Research Subjects for Early Phase Clinical Trials Involving Breakthrough Therapies.” Journal of Medical Ethics.
    Jecker, NS., Derse, AR., 2017. “When Not to Rescue: An Ethical Analysis of Best Practices for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care” Journal of Clinical Ethics 28(1).
  • Jecker, NS. 2017. “Doing What We Shouldn’t: Medical Futility and Moral Distress” American Journal of Bioethics 17(2): 41-43.
    Jecker, NS., 2016. “Advance Care Planning: What Gives Prior Wishes Normative Force?” Asian Bioethics Review 8(3): 195-210, Special issue on “Dying Well,” B Steinbock, P Menzel, eds.
  • Jecker, NS, 2015. “Futility and Fairness: A Defense of the Texas Advance Directive Law” American Journal of Bioethics 15(8); 2015: 43-46. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1045101.
  • Jecker, NS, Dudzinski, D, Diekema, D, Tonelli, M, 2015. “Ebola Virus Disease: Ethics and Emergency Medical Response Policy.” CHEST: American College of Chest Physicians 148(3): 794-800, DOI: 10.1378/chest.15-0135.
  • Jecker, NS, 2015. “Rethinking Rescue Medicine.” American Journal of Bioethics 15(2): 1-7.
  • Jecker, NS, 2014. “Against A Duty to Die.” Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 16(5): 390-394.
  • Jecker, NS, 2013. “Justice Between Age Groups: An Objection to the Prudential Lifespan Approach.’” American Journal of Bioethics, 13(8): 3-15.
  • Jecker, NS, 2013. “The Problem with Rescue Medicine.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38(1): 64-81.


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