Laurence McCullough

Laurence B. McCullough

Adjunct Professor of Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

About Laurence McCullough

Larry McCullough is adjunct professor of ethics in obstetrics and gynecology and of medical ethics in medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, New York. He has taught the ethical challenges courses at association institutes and online as well as onsite for health care organizations for more than 25 years.

At Weill Cornell, McCullough engages in collaborative scholarship and teaching with Frank A. Chervenak, MD, Given Foundation professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and a fellow of the association. Academic partners since 1983, they have produced two books, more than 200 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and more than 100 chapters in textbooks on obstetrics and gynecology, perinatal medicine and maternal-fetal medicine and surgery. McCullough has published 11 other books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers.

In July 2016, after 28 years on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, McCullough became distinguished emeritus professor in Baylor’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, where he was the inaugural holder of the Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy. He received three major awards for his contributions to the education of Baylor’s medical students, residents and fellows. In 2012, he received the peer-reviewed Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award; in 2013, he was one of the two recipients of Baylor’s highest teaching award, the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education; in 2014, the Baylor Pediatric Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Non-Pediatric Faculty Member from Baylor’s Department of Pediatrics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional medical ethics
  • Ethics of physician leadership
  • Ethics in pediatrics 
  • History of medical ethics
  • Ethics in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Surgical ethics

AB - Art History
Williams College

PhD - Philosophy
University of Texas


  • Hastings Center, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, post-doctoral fellowship

  • American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY, Sabbatical Fellowship Award

  • Hastings Center, fellow
  • Gerontological Society of America, fellow