Mary Varney Rorty






Curriculum Vitae


Home address:   82 Peter Coutts Circle, Stanford, CA 94305
Telephone:   650-856-8048
Citizenship:   US

Work address:   Center for Biomedical Ethics, 115 Bld.A, 701 Welch Road
E-mail address:



AB, Philosophy, Barnard College, 1961
PhD, Philosophy, The Johns Hopkins University, 1970
MA, Clinical Ethics, University of Virginia, 1994


Professional Experience

2005-2009 San Francisco State University Visiting Lecturer
2001, 2008 University of California
Santa Cruz
Visiting Lecturer
1999-present Stanford University
Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor (courtesy)
1994-1998 University of Virginia Assistant Professor, Medical Education
& Director of Advanced Studies,
Center for Biomedical Ethics
1991-1993 University of Virginia Lecturer, Women's Studies/ School of Nursing
1987-1991 University of Virginia Research Associate, School of Nursing
1983-1986 University of Virginia Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy
1975 Douglas College, Rutgers Visiting Lecturer
1974 Ryder College Visiting Lecturer
1970-1971 San Francisco State University Visiting Associate Professor
1968-1972 SUNY-Buffalo Assistant Professor, Philosophy
1965-1968 SUNY-Buffalo Instructor, Philosophy


Publications  See Bibliography
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Reviews
  • Recent Papers and Presentations



American Philosophical Association, 1965-present
Society of Women in Philosophy, 1974-present
Society for Bioethical Consultation, 1992-1997
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 1997-present
Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 1995-present


Professional Service

University of Virginia Ethics Consultation Service,
   1991-1994    Trainee
   1994-1998    Consultant
Ethics Committee, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, 1999-present, Member


Professional Organizations

Chair, APA Committee on Women, 1981-1986
Member, APA Committee on Teaching, 1989-1992
Advisory Committee, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 1997-2002
Convener, Organization Ethics Affinity Group,
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 2000-2003
Nominating Committee, APA Pacific Division, 2002-2003
Member, APA Committee on Medicine and Philosophy, 2004-2007