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2013 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events


Thomas H. Gallagher, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Bioethics & Humanities
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Dr. Gallagher received his B.A. from Carleton College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. degree from Harvard University. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Gallagher is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has been a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and received their Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He has also been a faculty scholar in bioethics under the auspices of the Greenwall Foundation. His extensive research on disclosure of medical errors has been published in numerous medical journals

Scheduled Event

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Title: Accountability after Medical Injury:  Myths, Realities, and New Horizons
5:30pm Reception – 2nd Floor Bridgeway – Medical Education Building
6:30pm Program – 1st Floor Auditorium, Lecture Hall 1222
Location: Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street - Sacramento, CA 95817
Parking in Lot 12 & 17 near the Medical Education Building
Please RSVP to Julie Bechtel @ (916) 734-6135 or by email at  no later than Monday, October 7, 2013 - BY 12 NOON



Alexander M. Capron, J.D.
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs,
Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics,
Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine,
Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Professor Capron received his BA (with high honors) from Swarthmore College and his JD (Order of the Coif) from Yale Law School. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and the University of Southern California. He was Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1980-83), a member of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (1996-2001), and Director of the Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization (2003-06). He is a past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the International Association of Bioethics. He is a founding fellow of the Hastings Center, an honorary fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Institute of Medicine

Scheduled Event:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Title: Rethinking Informed Consent for Research
5:30pm Reception – MIND Institute Lobby
6:30pm Program – MIND Institute Auditorium
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA  95817



Wyie Burke, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair

Dr. Wylie Burke is Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. She is also Principal Investigator of the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. Her research addresses the social, ethical and policy implications of genetic information. 

Dr. Burke received a Ph.D. in Genetics and an M.D. from the University of Washington and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. She was a Medical Genetics Fellow at the University of Washington from 1981 to 1982. Dr. Burke was a member of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington from 1983 to 2000, where she served as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program from 1988 to 1994 and as founding Director of the University of Washington's Women's Health Care Center from 1994 to 1999. She was appointed Chair of what was then known as the Department of Medical History and Ethics in October 2000. The department became Bioethics and Humanities in 2008. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was a Visiting Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1998 and an International Fellow at the National Health Service, Cambridge UK in 2006. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians and a past president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Scheduled Event:
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Title: Genome Medicine - Managing the Stampede
5:30pm Reception – MIND Institute Lobby
6:30pm Program – MIND Institute Auditorium
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA  95817 Parking in Lot 25 of the MIND Institute