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:
Web page:



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


Professional Experience

2013 California Pacific
Medical Center
Visiting Scholar
2005,7,9,12 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
Association for Professional and Practical Ethics, 1997-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
Member, Taskforce on Core Competencies for Clinical Ethics, ASBH, 2006-10
Program Committee, Pacific Division APA, 2006-2008
Editor, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, 2008-present (continuing)
Member, ASBH program reviewer for organization ethics, 2010-13
Chair, APA Committee on Non-Academic Careers, 2012-2016