Wylie Burke

Appointments and Affiliations

University of Washington
School of Medicine
Medical History and Ethics
Professor and Chair, Appointed: 2000
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Medical Genetics
Adjunct Professor, Appointed: 2000
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of Washington
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Professional Headshot of Wylie Burke

Mailing Address

Department of Medical History and Ethics, Box 357120
1959 NE Pacific, Rm. A204
Seattle, Washington 98195-7120
United States



M.D., University of Washington, 1978.
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1974.

Research Interests

Dr. Burke is an expert in the implications and appropriate use of genetic information in clinical and public health practice. Her research addresses the bioethical and health policy implications of genetic technology.


American Public Health Association
American Society of Human Genetics
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
Society of General Internal Medicine


Recent Publications

Evans, BJ, Burke W, Jarvik GP.  2015.  The FDA and genomic tests--getting regulation right.. The New England journal of medicine. 372(23):2258-64.
Bennette, CS, Burke W, Jarvik GP, Veenstra DL.  2015.  Response to phillips et Al.. Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. 17(4):315.
Trinidad, SB, Fullerton SM, Burke W.  2015.  Looking for Trouble and Finding It.. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB. 15(7):15-7.
James, R, Tsosie R, Sahota P, Parker M, Dillard D, Sylvester I, Lewis J, Klejka J, Muzquiz LA, Olsen P et al..  2014.  Exploring pathways to trust: a tribal perspective on data sharing.. Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. Abstract
Taualii, M, Davis EL, Braun KL, Tsark JU, Brown N, Hudson M, Burke W.  2014.  Native Hawaiian Views on Biobanking.. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. Abstract
Burke, W, Evans BJ, Jarvik GP.  2014.  Return of results: Ethical and legal distinctions between research and clinical care.. American journal of medical genetics. Part C, Seminars in medical genetics. 166(1):105-11. Abstract
Burke, W.  2014.  Genetic tests: clinical validity and clinical utility.. Current protocols in human genetics / editorial board, Jonathan L. Haines ... [et al.]. 81:9.15.1-8. Abstract
Burke, W.  2013.  Eugenics to medical genetics.. Nature medicine. 19(11):1366.