A bioethicist provides support to staff, physicians, patients and their family members in dealing with ethical issues in a patient's care. This work involves ensuring that:
For example, Bioethicists are often contacted to help Substitute Decision-Makers when a patient can't express their own wishes. Sometimes a family member needs help understanding their new role. In other cases, the substitute decision-maker's views may differ from those expressed in the past by the patient.
Bioethicists also develop policies and guidelines, conduct research, and promote the ethical conduct of research on human subjects by reviewing protocols as members of the organization's Research Ethics Board (REB).
Patients or their Substitute Decision-Makers can contact a Bioethicist at all of UHN's hospital sites.
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 2710
Toronto General Hospital Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 8750
Multi-Organ Transplant ProgramPhone: 416 340 4800 ext. 5527
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 3972
Toronto Western Hospital Phone: 416 603 5800 ext. 2521
We have a short
brochure that describes what a Bioethicist does, provides examples of situations where they may help, and supplies contact information for Bioethicists at UHN.
Here is some useful information for patients who want to appoint a Power of Attorney for Personal Care and/or Continuing Power of Attorney for Property.
Advance care-planning is a time for you to reflect on your values and your wishes, as well as to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in case you can't consent or refuse treatment in the future. National resources are now available to help you make an Advance Care Plan: