Barbara Russell, PhD (philosophy), MBA
Staff Bioethicist, University Health Network

Telephone: (416) 340-4800, ext. 8607
Email: email link


Barbara has recently joined the UHN bioethics team and will be responsible for ethics services to physicians and staff at Toronto General Hospital and, by contract, at Women's College Hospital. Barbara is also an Assistant Professor (status appointment) at UT's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, teaches two undergraduate philosophy courses in bioethics at UT and UTM, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health.


Prior to UHN, Barbara was the bioethicist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto for 7 years. Prior to that, she was the clinical ethicist at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Stollery Children's Hospital, and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta with a cross-appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the U of A's John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre.


Barbara earned an MA and a PhD in philosophy, specializing in medical ethics, from the University of Tennessee and her doctoral dissertation topic focused on resource allocation in healthcare. Her first career was in business: she earned a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Calgary and worked in various positions in the oil industry in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan for twelve years.