Current Position and Professional Functions

Professor Gibson is the Interim Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. She has been the Associate Director of Partnerships & Strategy at the Joint Centre for Bioethics since 2007 and is Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation.

Her current funded research focuses on ethics and health system integration, organizational ethics, and resource allocation ethics. Professor Gibson teaches in the MHSc in Bioethics program and supervises graduate students through the Collaborative Program in Bioethics at the University of Toronto.

Professor Gibson leads the WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, is a program team leader at the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Care Ontario, BC Cancer Agency, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto), and has served as an expert member on government advisory committees on policy issues related to critical care triage, drug funding and supply, organ transplantation, pandemic planning, citizen engagement, and health system integration.

Education and Training

She holds a PhD in philosophy, with a specialization in Bioethics, from the University of Toronto; MA in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario; BA in Philosophy (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and BSc in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary.

In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of the Ross Upshur Award for Excellence in Course Direction.


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Research Interests and Expertise

Professor Gibson's research and professional activities are organized in three overlapping areas of inquiry and practice:

1) Ethics and Values in Health Policy (health policy ethics),

2) Priority Setting in Health Care (resource allocation ethics), and

3) Ethics and Health Institutions (organizational ethics).

Her overarching program of research seeks to advance knowledge about the role and influence of ethics and values at the level of health institutions and systems, and to build capacity for addressing ethical issues and values‐based challenges at this level by translating this knowledge into novel decision‐making approaches, tools, and resources.

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