Faculty

Starks
Helene Starks, PhD MPH
Associate Professor
tigiba@u.washington.edu

Research interests include issues related to palliative and end-of-life care for patients, their family members, clinicians, and health systems; medical decision-making and clinician-patient communication; qualitative and mixed methods research; community-based participatory research; and research ethics, especially involving indigenous communities and vulnerable human subjects in research.

McCormick
Thomas R. McCormick, DMin
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
mccormic@u.washington.edu

General interest in biomedical ethics, including both particular medical-ethical problems arising in the clinical context and general issues which arise in the broader society and culture. Special interests include topics related to caring for patients with life threatening illness, perinatology, issues related to reproductive technologies, cross-cultural similarities and differences in patient/provider communication.

Jecker
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
nsjecker@uw.edu

General interest in biomedical ethics and moral philosophy. Special interests include justice theory, dignity and human capabilities, the allocation of scarce healthcare resources, ethics and global population aging, global perspectives in bioethics, and clinical ethical decisions to withhold or withdraw futile treatments.

Gallagher
Thomas H. Gallagher, MD
Professor
thomasg@u.washington.edu

General interest in ethical issues related to the doctor-patient relationship and to biomedical research.

Fullerton
Professor
206-616-1864
smfllrtn@uw.edu

General research interests include a focus on the ethical and social implications of genomic research and its equitable and safe translation for clinical and public health benefit. Recent work has focused on data-sharing, secondary use, and result return in the context of genomic research using banked and prospectively collected biospecimens.

Dudzinski
Professor & Chair
206-543-4840
dudzin@u.washington.edu

General interests include bioethics, clinical and organizational ethics, and ethical reasoning. Special interests include ethical issues in transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, competent refusal of nursing care, methods and practices in ethics consultation, literature and medicine, moral distress, and ethical issues in end-of-life care.

Campelia
Assistant Professor
206-543-3267
gdcamp@uw.edu

General research focuses on the intersection between healthcare and moral theory, particularly feminist ethics and virtue ethics. I investigate clinical practice through philosophical concepts (such as relational autonomy, epistemic justice and empathy) and with an eye towards underrepresented patient populations (e.g. patients who are female, transgender or gender nonconforming, pregnant, etc).

Burke
Wylie Burke, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
206-221-5482
wburke@u.washington.edu

General interest in the ethical, and policy implications of genetic information in research, public health and clinical care. Recent work addresses a range of implications of genomics, including family communication about shared risk; the use of genetic testing in immigration; the potential for unintended uses of stored genomic data; and challenges in the implementation of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. 

Bowen
Bowen
Professor
206-616-5601
dbowen@uw.edu

General research interests include health behavior, health communication with an emphasis on underserved populations. Dr. Bowen has extensive experience in community-centered cancer prevention and screening intervention research.

Blacksher
Erika Blacksher, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
206-685-9532
eb2010@u.washington.edu

Dr. Blacksher received her PhD from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies (Bioethics) and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University.  Most recently, she was a Research Scholar at the Hastings Center and adjunct faculty at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.  Her research examines the ethical and policy implications of the social determinants of health and social inequalities in health.