Philip Hébert

Philip Hébert, MD, PhD, FCFPC
Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Vice-Chair, Research Ethics Board, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Bioethics Consultant, Joint Centre for Bioethics

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Philip Hébert studied philosophy for a decade in the 1970s and completed a PhD in philosophy at York University in 1983. In 1980 he started medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated from there in 1984. For over 20 years he was a family physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is now a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, having retired from clinical practice in 2010. Dr. Hébert remains on staff as a bioethics consultant and is Vice-Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.


Dr. Hébert is the author of a widely used introductory book on professional ethics entitled, "Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Physicians and Medical Trainees," the 3rd edition of which was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He has an interest in many areas of ethics including disclosure, end-of-life care, consent, medical error, and medical education. He has published articles in the CMAJ, NEJM, and JAMA. In 2008 he received the 2nd annual William Marsden award from the CMA for his contribution to ethics teaching in Canada. In 2011 Dr. Hébert was named Ontario's Family Physician of the Year. Random House Canada will publish his new book, "Good Medicine: The Art of Ethical Care in Canada: Stories of Letting Go and Holding On for Patients and the Doctors Who Treat Them" in 2016.