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Wylie Burke, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Wylie Burke is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities. She has adjunct appointments in the departments of medicine and epidemiology.

Dr. Burke is a faculty member in the Public Health Genetics Program and in the Medical Genetics Training Program. In 1994, she became the founding director of Women’s Health Care Center at UW Medical Center-Roosevelt and served in that role until 1999. She has also previously served as associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Burke's research addresses the social, ethical and policy implications of genetic information, including genetic test evaluation, the development of practice standards for genetically based services and genetics education for health professionals. She is the director of the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, a Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Dr. Burke received a Ph.D. in genetics in 1974 and an M.D. in 1978 from the UW. She also completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and medical genetics at the UW. Dr. Burke served on the NIH Advisory Council for Human Genome Research from 1999 to 2003 and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing from 1999 to 2002. She is currently President-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.