Department of Medicine
William Parker is a medical ethicist and health services researcher who studies the allocation of scarce medical resources. He is specifically interested in absolute scarcity problems, where demand greatly exceeds supply and health care systems cannot avoid rationing. He applies advanced empirical methods to evaluate and design allocation systems according to the underlying ethical principles. His current projects include deceased donor organ allocation, critical care/ventilator rationing under crisis standards of care, and COVID-19 vaccine allocation.
His work has been published in JAMA, the American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and American Journal of Critical Care Medicine. His opinion pieces on vaccine allocation have appeared in USA Today and The Washington Post. He was the founder and co-chair of the University of Chicago Medicine COVID-19 Ethics Resource Group, and clinical ethicist and protocol designer for the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Committee.
Parker received his medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, as well as an MS in public health sciences and PhD in health services research from the University of Chicago. He completed the FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) medical program.