Brief Biography

I came to the University of Western Ontario in the summer of 1998. My previous job was at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University in Montreal, where I was a member of the Biomedical Ethics Unit and the Clinical Trials Research Group. While at McGill, I taught in the Master's Specialization Program in Bioethics and served on the Research Ethics Board of the Douglas Psychiatric Hospital.

Prior to my appointment to McGill, I taught philosophy and bioethics at the University of Toronto over a period of about five years. During that time, I served as a Research Associate at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. In 1993-1994, I worked as bioethicist at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

In addition to academic and hospital experience, I have also worked as a research and program evaluation consultant for the Government of Ontario's Premier's Council on Health Strategy. The Council was a "think-tank" created to plan for the future of healthcare in Ontario. During my stay with the Premier's Council I authored several reports on the Council's Health Innovation Fund and traveled extensively as an evaluator and research consultant for the Fund. My experience as a consultant also includes work with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. and the Mental Health Branch of the Ministry of Health.

Currently, I am Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. I also have a joint appointment with the Faculty of Health Sciences and a cross appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. I am also a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, based in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.