Dr. Amy McGuire, associate professor of medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named director of BCM's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

"Dr. McGuire is a nationally recognized expert in the field of ethics, particularly in the area of genomics," said BCM President and CEO Dr. Paul E. Klotman. "She will provide excellent leadership for this key area of focus for Baylor College of Medicine."

McGuire has served on the BCM faculty since 2004 and as associate director of research for the Center since 2009.

Her research focuses on legal and ethical issues in genomics. Currently, she is studying participant attitudes toward genomic data sharing, investigators' practices and perspectives on the return of genetic research results, ethical issues in human microbiome research, and ethical and policy issues related to the clinical integration of genomics.

"The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is committed to creating a shared intellectual environment that encourages critical reflection on emerging, as well as perennial, ethical and policy challenges in healthcare and biomedical research," said McGuire. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Center and at Baylor to strengthen our existing programs and to build new collaborative initiatives in pursuit of this strategic vision."

She received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a Ph.D. in Medical Humanities from the Institute of Medical Humanities at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Since joining BCM in 2004, she has received the Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Awards in both educational leadership (2009) and teaching and evaluation (2008).

Prior to McGuire, Dr. Baruch Brody served as director of the Center for 30 years.