Bioethics

Presentations/Lectures

  • “From Plague to Ebola: fighting the diseases that war promotes.” Avoiding Catastrophe Linking Armed Conflict, Harm to Ecosystems, and Public Health.” Concordia University, Montreal.

    May 4-6, 2016.
  • “Predicate acts and conditions.” Medical Aid in Dying: Developing A framework. University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Toronto, ON.

    Oct. 27, 2015.
  • The Hippocratic thorn in Bioethics’ side. American Society of Of Bioethics and the Humanities Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas.

    Oct. 24, 2015.
  • “Aid in dying” requires, first, assistance in living. Health Law Canada: Sympoisum on Medical Aid in dying: Developing a framework. Institute of Health Policy and Management, University of Toronto.

    Oct. 27, 2015.
  • The scarcity of … scarcity: The Wreck of the William Brown. Inquiry, http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/tom-koch-wreck-william-brown

    Aug. 21, 2015.
  • Thieves of Virtue: The ethics of bioethics, a history. Inquiry. http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/tom-koch-thieves-virtue

    June 2015.
  • “The lies behind nice words.” Panel. Medically Assisted Dying, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, BC

    29 Jan 2015
  • Global Health: The very Idea! For a seminar: Mapping global health. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department Medical History, Baltimore, MD.

    25 March 2014
  • 40 Years of Practice: Medicine and Ethics, then and now. 1973 Graduating Class, University of Toronto School of Medicine. 40th Anniversary Celebration. Toronto, Ontario.

    1 Nov 2013
  • “Bioethics: Whose disabled now?” Panel: Disabled Bioethics, Annual meeting pf the Am. Soc. for Bioethics and the Humanities, Atlanta, Georgia

    24 Oct 2013
  • Who’s Dead Now? Science, Philosophy and Medicine Today. Center for the Study of Science and the Humanities, University Of Bergin

    31 May 2013
  • Ethics, Bioethics, and Medical Science. Lectures in Honor of the 50th Birthday of Søren Holm. University of Oslo, Center for Medical Ethics

    28 May 2013
  • Soren Holm and European Bioethics, An Appreciation. Lectures in Honor of the 50th Birthday of Søren Holm. University of Oslo, Center for Medical Ethics

    28 May 2013
  • The History of Social Activism in Medicine: What Happened to it? St. Michael’s Hospital: Rounds in Community Medicine, Toronto, ON.

    13 Sept. 2012
  • Age, Aging and Allocation: The failure of success. Plenary Lecture, 32nd Annual meeting of the Korean Medical Association, Seoul, Korea.

    June 2012
  • Down Syndrome, Feticide, and the Politics of Difference. Canadian Down syndrome Society Annual Meeting, Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Canada

    19 May 2012
  • Lifeboat Ethics: The Scarcity of “Scarcity”. Green College, Vancouver, BC.

    Feb. 2012
  • A Little Paternalism Can Be a Very Good Thing Copeman Healthcare, Vancouver, BC.

    Feb. 2012
  • Constructing Classes: Aging and the Origins of Elder Law. University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law.

    17 Feb. 2011
  • Welcome Distinguished Lectures. University of Manchester Department of Philosophy. Manchester, UK. --The prince of normalcy meets the queen of difference: Peter Singer and Harriet McBryde Johnson. --Enhancing who? Enhancing What? Ethics, bioethics, and Transhumanism.

    23 Oct. 2010
  • Difference and Disability: Where is the Ethics in Bioethics? Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.

    15 Sept. 2010
  • Euthanasia and the Ethics of Care. Submission to the Quebec Assembly Committee on “Dignity with Dignity.

    23 July 2010
  • The “Palliative Principle” and Canadian Health Care. Presentation to the The Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. Ottawa, ON.

    18 June 2010
  • Difference and Disability: Where is the Ethics in Bioethics? Disability and Ethics Through the Life Cycle: Cases, Controversies and Finding Common Ground. Union, Schenectady, NY.

    22 May 2010
  • Plenary Lecture (and Hospital Rounds), Humanist Values in Medicine. Tenth Anniversary conference at Center for Medicine and Bioethics, Lake Head University, Thunder Bay, ON.

    10 April 2009
  • Is it OK to Kill Loved Ones Because You Don’t Like Their Lives? The case of Robert Latimer, again. Rounds, St. Paul’s Hospital Rounds, Vancouver (CHEOS).

    20 Feb. 2008
  • Mercy For Whom? The Bait and Switch of Robert Latimer. Copeman Healthcare Centre, Vancouver.

    22 Jan. 2008
  • Pandemics and the Lessons from Polio: A Legal Review. University of Hawaii: Richardson School or Law. Honolulu, HI.

    17 Feb. 2007
  • Disabled Ethic: Bioethics from the Perspective of Difference. The Example of Polio. Annual meeting of the Assoc. of Bioethics and the Humanities , Denver, CO.

    28 Oct. 2006
  • Weaponizing Medicine: Physicians and Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo. University of Hawaii Richardson School of law. Honolulu, HI.

    10 Feb. 2006
  • Difference and Disability: Bioethics's Cultural Divide. In, International Human Rights and Situating Impairment-Disability in the Academy, the Service Sector, and in Policy. Society of Applied Anthropology and Medical Anthropology Annual Meeting. Santa Fe, NM.

  • Complicity at the Core: Bioethics, Practice and Theory. Philosophy Affinity Group, Am. Society of Bioethics Sixth Annual Meeting , Montreal, P.Q.

    26 Oct. 2003
  • Understanding Schiavo: A Panel Consideration of a Problematic Case. Am. Society of Bioethics and the Canadian Bioethics Society , Montreal, P.Q.

    26 Oct. 2003
  • At the Beginning of the End of the Dark Ages of Social Medicine: Down Syndrome and Selective Abortion.Montreal West End Ethics Seminar , Montreal, P.Q.

    22 Oct. 2003
  • The Ethics of the Village: Why is it So Difficult? Variety Club annual "It Takes a Village. . ." conference.Victoria Conference Centre , Victoria, BC, Canada.

    2-4 May 2003
  • Mapping Justice: The Problem of Graft Organ Distribution. ESRI Health and mapping seminar , Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC.

    28 April 2002
  • Genetics, Eugenics, and Discrimination. Plenary, Canadian Down Syndrome Society , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

    18 May 2000
  • The Costs of Doing Less: The Economics of Comprehensive Health Care. Presented to the Romanow Commission on Health Care in Canada , Vancouver, BC.

    March 2002
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Bioethics as Social Work/ Social Work as Bioethics. Ottawa Hospital Social Workers Study Day , Ottawa, Ont. Canada.

    26 March 2001
  • Ethic's Lifeboat: The Forgotten Case of the William Brown. The Brock House Society , Vancouver, BC.

    20 March 2001
  • The Latimer Story: Academic Responsibility and Journalist Limits. Keynote, Ind. Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IISGP), University of British Columbia. Green College

    26 Feb. 2001
  • "Should Canada Permit Zenotransplantation?" CBC radio show, Noon Hour, Vancouver, BC.

    20 Aug. 2000
  • Bioethics for Whom? The Limits of the Professional Posture. Presented at the Third International Bioethics Retreat, Pembroke College, Cambridge, England.

    16 Sept. 2000
  • Jefferson Lecture: Seeking Justice: Fairness and efficiency in the field of organ transplantation. Clark University, Worcester, MA.

    3 Nov. 1999
  • Prairie Conservatism and the Death of Tyrell Dueck. CBC Radio Commentary.

    5 July 1999
  • The Difference a Word Can Make: "Compensation" and the Canadian Hepatitis Controversy. CBC Radio.

    May, 1998
  • The Issue of Euthanasia: What's a Hospital to Do? Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Honolulu, HI.

    Nov. 1998
  • Patients, Surrogates, and the Internet: Build it and They May Come. HISA Mid-Atlantic conference on the Internet and Health. Troy MI.

    Feb. 1998
  • On the subject(s) of Jack Kevorkian, MD: A Retrospective Study. Kuakini Hospital, Honolulu, HI.

    Jan, 1998
  • Aids, Anencephaly and AHP: The Effect of Multicriterion Modeling as a Catalyst in Bioethical Decision Making. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (with Mark Ridgley). Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.

    15 July 1996
  • The Healing Science of Narrative Art: A Chorus of Experience. Keynote lecture. Healing and the Creative Arts. Simon Fraser University. Vancouver.

    3 May 1996
  • Analytic Hierarchies and a Methodology for Consultative Ethical Decision Making: The Challenge of Baby K. Paper presented at the Am. Soc. For Law, Medicine and Ethics, Boston, MA.

    Sept. 1995
  • Bioethics and the Canadian Dilemma. Paper presented at the Bioethics Beyond Borders First Annual meeting. U.. Cal. Berkeley, CA.

    June 1995
  • What's so Great About Intelligence? Patient Assessment, Health Care Decision Making, and the Problem of Organ Allocation. Paper presented at Canadian Conference. on Bioethics. Vancouver.

    Nov. 1995
  • Murder in Mercy's Name: The Killing of Alzheimer Patients and Other Fragile People. Paper presented at The Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference (CAG), pre-seminar on Alzheimer Disease. Vancouver, BC.

    Oct. 1995
  • Playing Russian Roulette With a Loaded Gun: Euthanasia on Canada's Slippery Slope. Policy paper presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Meeting. Edmonton, Alberta.

    Oct. 1995
  • "Fact and Context in Long-Term Care Case Management: The Effect of Familial Values and Social Support Systems." University of Hawaii, School of Public Health. Honolulu, HI.

    Feb. 1995
  • "Care Giving: Who Cares? Why Care?" Public lecture sponsored by University of Hawaii, Center on Aging, and Hawaii State Executive on Aging.

    Jan. 1994
  • An epidemic of epidemics:The Microbes’ Point of View.” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Second Annual Conference.Washington, DC.

    July 27, 2016.
  • Epidemiology and Public Health:What’s new and…what’s not.” At: Journals and Epidemiology Conference: Is it time to call it a day? Bristol, UK.

    October 7, 2016.
  • “Epidemiology and Public Health: What’s new and…what’s not.”At: Journals and Epidemiology Conference: Is it time to call it a day? Bristol, UK. https://youtu.be/wSO4ZWfBwI0

    Oct. 7, 2016.