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Wylie Burke, MD, PhD is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, Adjunct Professor of Medicine (in the Division of Medical Genetics), and Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Her work focuses on the ethical and policy implications of genetic information in research, public health and clinical care. She founded the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, an NHGRI-funded center addressing the implications of genomic research for underserved communities; and co-directs the Northwest-Alaska Pharmacogenomics Research Network, a research partnership involving universities and tribal communities in Alaska, Montana and Washington. Dr. Burke received a PhD in Genetics and an MD from the University of Washington, and completed Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Washington, where she was also a Medical Genetics fellow. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and past President of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Recent Publications

  • Evans BJ, Burke W, Jarvik GP. FDA and genomic tests: getting regulation right.  New Eng J Med 2015; 372:2258-64. PMCID: PMC4464691
  • Barata L.P, Starks H, Kelley M, Kuszler P, Burke W.  What DNA can and cannot say: perspectives of immigrant families about the use of genetic testing in immigration.  Stanford Law Pol Rev 2015;26:597-638. PMCID: PMC4743036..
  • Korngiebel D, Fullerton SM, Burke W.  Patient safety in genomic medicine: an exploratory study.  Genet Med 2016; 18:1136-42.
  • Dorfman E, Thummel K, Cheng E, Hebert M, Burke W.  Prenatal pharmacogenomics: a promising area for research. The Pharmacogenomics J, 2016;16(4):303-4. PMCID: PMC4956529
  • O'Doherty KC, Christofides E, Yen J, Bentzen HB, Burke W, Hallowell N, Koenig BA, Willison DJ. If you build it, they will come: unintended future uses of organised health data collections. BMC Med Ethics. 2016 Sep 6;17(1):54. doi:10.1186/s12910-016-0137-x. PMCID: PMC5011895.
  • Fohner AE, Garrison NA, Austin MA, Burke W.  Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A P479L and Infant Death: Policy implications of emerging data. Genet Med 2017 Jan 26. doi: 10.1038/gim.2016.202. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Bowen DJ, Albrecht T, Hay J, Eggly S, Harris-Wei J, Meischke H, Burke W. Communication among melanoma family members. J Health Communication 2017;22:198-204. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1259374.
  • Woodahl EL, Lesko LJ, Hopkins S, Robinson RF, Thummel KE, Burke W. Pharmacogenetic Research in Partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Pharmacogenomics 2014; 15:1235-41. PMCID: PMC4201360
  • Burke W, Thummel K. A call for accurate pharmacogenetic labeling: telling it like it is. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Dec;174(12):1945-6. PMCID: PMC4250298
  • Burke W, Korngiebel DM. Closing the gap between knowledge and clinical application: challenges for genomic translation. PLoS Genet. 2015 Feb 26;11(2):e1004978. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004978. eCollection 2015 Feb. PMCID: PMC4342348
  • Trinidad SB, Fullerton SM, Burke W. Looking for trouble and finding it.  Am J Bioeth 2015; 15(7):15-7. PMCID: PMC4526022
  • Burke W, Trinidad S.  The deceptive appeal of direct to consumer genetics. Ann Int Med 2016 Apr 19;164(8):564-5.
  • Korngiebel D, Thummel K, Burke W.  Implementing precision medicine: ethical challenges. Trends Pharmacol Sci 2017; 38:8-14. NIHMSID: 835073
  • Burke W. Commentary to “My Identical Twin Sequenced Our Genome”: Cautionary Genomics. J Genet Couns 2016 Dec 20. doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-0054-7. [Epub ahead of print]. NIHMSID: 838035

Awards, Honors and Grants Received

  • NHS International Fellow, Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge UK (2006)
  • Named a "Local Legend", (Celebrating America's Local Women Physicians), Washington State
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, now National Academy of Medicine (2007)
  • President, American Society of Human Genetics (2007)
  • President’s Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Center for Alaska native Health Research, 2007-present
  • Presidential Chair, University of California, San Francisco (2013-2014)


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