McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dated: July 5, 2006

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the reappointment of Dr. Lisa Schwartz as the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics effective July 1, 2006.

Dr. Schwartz is currently an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and an associate member of the Department of Philosophy. She is a founding member of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB).

Dr. Schwartz received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Glasgow (1996), an MA (1990) and a BA (1985) in philosophy, both from McGill University. As a consultant to Cancer Care Ontario (2001-2005), Dr. Schwartz advised on issues of clinical ethics, was an adviser in policy development and review and served as Chair, Provincial Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr. Schwartz was the lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Faculty of Medicine (1995-2001), in the area of philosophy of medicine and medical ethics, largely responsible for developing and implementing a curriculum in ethics for health professionals.

Dr. Schwartz has been involved in the development of an ethics and moral reasoning stream of professional competencies for the undergraduate medical education program, has led workshops to build faculty and staff knowledge in health ethics and has created a website on ethics in health care. Dr. Schwartz teaches in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, offering a third year health law and health ethics course. She also provides graduate supervision and post-graduate medical education rounds.

Dr. Schwartz has a number of research interests in health care ethics and ethics in health care education, research ethics, privacy and access to biosamples, patient advocacy, and measurement and effectiveness of ethics education.

Dr. Schwartz's service contributions include Faculty of Health Sciences representative to the Faculty of Humanities, membership on various subcommittees for the COMPASS medical curriculum, standing member of the Clinical Ethics Committee for the Hamilton Health Sciences, Chair of the Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and member of the McMaster Research Ethics Board Appeals Committee.

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