Arnold Johnson Chair Report 2005
Prior to his retirement from McMaster in 1983, Arnold Johnson had taken a keen interest in biomedical ethics. He chaired and continues to be involved with the Committee on Education in Medical Ethics for the Faculty of Health Sciences. His efforts on this committee resulted in the publication on "Introduction to Ethical Decision Making in the Health Care Setting" - a booklet used in the Faculty's MD Program. His educational work in this field has influenced a generation of students and graduate health professionals in the intricacies of ethical decision making and has been recognized with the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics. Johnson served in the Royal Canadian Navy (1941-45) before commencing his academic career at McGill University. His clinical research and teaching activities at the Royal Victoria and Montreal Children's Hospital (1946-1972) focused on the cardiovascular system. He performed the first heart catheterization in Canada in 1946 and is widely acclaimed as one of the pioneers in Canadian Cardiology. He has served on many committees and organizations including the Committee on Cardiology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and he was governor of the American College of Cardiology. Johnson, who joined McMaster in 1974, continues to have an active role at the University as emeritus professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Current Chair in Health Care Ethics
Dr. Lisa Schwartz
Dr. Lisa Schwartz was recently appointed the first holder of the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and associate professor in the department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. She is also the Bioethicist for Cancer Care Ontario where she is Provincial Coordinator of Bioethics and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr Schwartz has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Glasgow (1996) her thesis title is Understanding Silence, MA in philosophy (thesis title Paternalism and Justification for Authority) and BA in philosophy from McGill. Between 1995 and 2000 Dr Schwartz was the Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow Faculty of Medicine, 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 a number of research interests in health care ethics and the teaching of ethics in health care education, including patient advocacy, research ethics and measurement and effectiveness of ethics education. She has also worked as a professional actor in theatre, film, television and radio.
Lisa Schwartz's Publications