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Dr. Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D

Associate Director for Education
Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030, USA

Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., has been Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and a Faculty Associate of the Huffington Center on Aging at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, since July 1988, and Associate Director for Education of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy since 2004. He is Adjunct Professor of Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, and holds medical staff appointments at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Children's Hospital. He won an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 1995-1996 and was elected a Fellow the Gerontological Society of America in 1997 and of the Hastings Center in 2003. Dr. McCullough is a past president of the Society for Health and Human Values (1987-88), now the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. McCullough teaches in the Progressive Care Unit of Texas Children's Hospital, in the Medicine and Surgery services of The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and in Baylor's Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Psychiatry. He is Director of the third-year elective in clinical ethics of Baylor's national-award-winning four-year elective Ethics Track, the first of its kind among American medical schools. Dr. McCullough teaches the ethics courses in the certification and degree programs of the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. McCullough has published more than 275 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books. Medical Ethics: The Moral Responsibilities of Physicians, co-authored with Tom L. Beauchamp (Prentice-Hall, 1984), has been translated into Spanish (Barcelona, 1987) and Japanese (Tokyo, 1992). With Frank A. Chervenak, M.D. (Given Foundation Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University), he is co-author of Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Oxford University Press, 1994). He is co-editor with Nancy L. Wilson of Baylor's Huffington Center on Aging of Long-Term Care Decisions: Ethical and Conceptual Dimensions (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). His Leibniz on Individuals and Individuation appeared in 1996 (Kluwer Academic Publishers). In 1998 his John Gregory and the Invention of Professional Medical Ethics and the Profession of Medicine and (as editor) John Gregory's Writings on Medical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine appeared (Kluwer), as well as Surgical Ethics (Oxford), co-edited with Baruch A. Brody and James W. Jones. He is also co-editor with Baruch A. Brody, Mark Rothstein, and Mary Anne Bobinski of Medical Ethics: Codes, Opinions, and Statements (Bureau of National Affairs, 2000) and co-author with them of a companion volume commenting on these documents (BNA, 2001). With Robert B. Baker of Union College (Schenectady, New York) as co-editor, Dr. McCullough is presently preparing A History of Medical Ethics and The Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics for Cambridge University Press. He is also preparing a second edition of Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Drs. Chervenak and John Coverdale, a Baylor psychiatrist. In addition, Dr. McCullough has published more than 40 original book chapters in scholarly volumes and 65 chapters in textbooks.

Since coming to Baylor, Dr. McCullough has been or is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for grants and contracts from the NIH, Veterans Health Affairs, National Endowment for the Humanities, private foundations, and Baylor affiliated hospitals. He was Principal Investigator for "Enhancing the Autonomy of Vulnerable Subjects of Research," funded by the NIH as part of the NIH, DOE and VA Consortium on Informed Consent Research (R01 04736) (1997-2002) and Co-Principal Investigator for "A History of Medical Ethics," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (RZ-20525) and four private foundations (1999-2002).

He is a member of the Ethics Committees of four of Baylor's primary affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, The Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital. Since 1999, he has also served as Director of the Ethics Consultation Program at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

Dr. McCullough received his A.B. in Art History from Williams College (1969) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at The Hastings Center (1975-1976). He has held prior appointments on the medical and philosophy faculties at Texas A&M University (1976-1979) and Georgetown University (1979-1988), where he was a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He is married to Linda J. Quintanilla, Ed.D., who teaches history at North Harris College in Houston, .

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