The Program offers a consultation service for hospital staff, patients and their family/friends who would like assistance with decisions or questions that are ethically difficult, complex or unclear.
Bioethicists are professionals who have been educated and specially trained to identify and
help understand ethical problems. They may have education in philosophy, law, theology or one of the various health professions, with additional special training in bioethics. They do not provide the right answer or tell you what to do, but can help you think through difficult ethical decisions.
The Bioethicist serves on the hospital’s Research Ethics Board and, from time to time, may supervise healthcare students. She assists with policy development and review as well as offer ethics education to health care practitioners. Educational formats can vary depending on the audience’s needs. For instance, interdisciplinary or discipline specific rounds, group or individual discussions, and formal presentations. All hospital staff and students are invited to make use of these services.
Patients, families and staff are welcome to contact WCH’s bioethicist and the Ethics Program directly. Patients and family members can also ask hospital staff to contact the Program on their behalf. While open discussion among all those involved is encouraged, confidential consultations are also available. The UHN Bioethics Team phone number is 416-790-5814.Jump to top page
Any staff, physician, patient or family member may contact Women's College Hospital Bioethics for informal or formal consultation.
Ruby Shanker, MBBS.,MHSc.(Bioethics)
Tel: 416-323-6400 ext. 7766