Dr. Thomas R. McCormick joined the faculty at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine in 1974 to develop the medical school’s first program in medical ethics. Since that time, he has taught a variety of elective courses in bioethics and was responsible for the early development of ethics in the medical school core curriculum at the Seattle campus and all of our WWAMI sites. Dr. McCormick is currently an ethics consultant to Harborview Medical Center and a founding member of the ethics committee. In previous years he has served as ethics consultant to the NICU, the In Vitro Fertilization Project, and the cardiac transplant service at UWMC. Dr. McCormick also served as Director of Counseling for the UWSOM from 1985-2001. He is currently at 40% time at the UW, and in winter quarter, serves as adjunct professor in bioethics at the School of Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale Branch, Glendale, Arizona.
Dr. McCormick received his Doctoral degree in Ethics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas. In 1972-73 he was a postdoctoral fellow in medical ethics at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. In 1980, Spring quarter, he was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical ethics at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
McCormick has authored a number of articles in the field of medical ethics.
Dr. McCormick has lectured widely in the United States and also in Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). His community service includes advisory work and consultation for Cancer Lifeline, Hospice of Seattle, Horizon House, The Everett Clinic Ethics Committee, and the Women’s Bioethics Project in Seattle. For the past six years, McCormick has organized and taught a short course in bioethics for groups of Japanese medical students visiting from Hyogo University, Osaka, Japan.
McCormick’s current research interests include an examination of transcultural aspects in ethical decision making, including cultural variances in the relationship between patients and health care providers. Dr. McCormick is also interested in improving the quality of education in “death and dying” for medical students and served on the National Task Force investigating ways to improve death education in US medical schools, representing the UW on a grant from the Greenwall Foundation managed by Choice in Dying. The Task Force Report was published as “Goals and Strategies for Teaching Death and Dying in Medical Schools.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2000. He is also interested in spiritual resources that patients bring to the healing enterprise.
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