University Health Network, Bioethics Service
People and Roles:
Director of Bioethics: Linda Wright, MHSc, MSW, RSW
Bioethicist: Kyle Anstey, PhD
University Health Network Bioethics Annual Report:
The bioethics program at the University Health Network (UHN) has two full-time bioethicists as well as clinical fellows from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.
The goal of clinical bioethics at UHN is to continuously improve the management of the ethical dimensions of patient care faced by health care professionals, patients and family members at the University Health Network. This is done via consultation, policy development & review, education and research.
Areas of Specialization:
Transplantation, end-of-life issues, neuroethics, disability studies
- Consultation services are provided to UHN staff, families, and patients regarding specific ethical problems (e.g., clinical case consultation), as well as more general ethical issues (e.g., policy review and development)
- Bioethics provides support for ethics issues arising at an organizational level, including work with committees and taskforces at UHN, the University of Toronto and, where appropriate, at local, provincial, national and/or international levels
Ethics education is provided to UHN staff (e.g., program or discipline specific rounds, discussions, workshops, formal presentations, conferences).
Bioethics undertakes specific research projects in Clinical/Organizational Ethics and disseminate research findings (e.g., by publishing articles/books, presenting at conferences). The research is linked to education and ethical issues faced at UHN.
Linda Wright MHSc, MSW, RSW
Toronto General Hospital
585 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2N2
Phone: (416) 340-4800 ext.14-8750
Kyle Anstey, PhD