Alfred O. Berg, M.D., M.P.H., received his professional education at Washington University, St. Louis, the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Washington, Seattle. He is board certified in Family Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. In 2004 he received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for career contributions to family medicine education from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Berg’s research has focused on clinical epidemiology in primary care settings. He has served on many expert panels using evidence-based methods to develop clinical guidelines, including chairmanship of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, co-chair of the otitis media panel convened by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, chair of the CDC STD Treatment Guidelines panel, member of the AMA/CDC panel producing Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services, member of the Institute of Medicine’s Immunization Safety Review Committee, and chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. He currently chairs the CDC’s panel on Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention.


Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the University of Washington. She 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 the Department of Medical History in October 2000. She is also an adjunct professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and an associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1998 and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has served on the NIH National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing. Dr. Burke’s research addresses the social, ethical and policy implications of genetic information, including genetic test evaluation, the development of practice standards for genetically based services and genetics education for health professionals. She is also the director of the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, a Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Burke is a member of the Institute of Medicine.



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