Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington (UW). She received a PhD in Genetics (1974) and an MD (1978) from UW, completed a medical residency in Internal Medicine (1981) and was as a Medical Genetics Fellow (1981-2) at UW. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians. She served on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1999-2002) and the National Human Genome Advisory Council (1999-2003), and was President of the American Society of Human Genetics in 2007.
Dr. Burke is Principal Investigator of the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, an NIH Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. The center promotes interdisciplinary work addresses the ethical and policy implications of genetic information in research, medicine and public health, with an emphasis on the implications of genomics for medically underserved populations. It also maintains a training programs offering research experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with outreach and partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.