Bob ParkeBob Parke, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, MHSc
Clinical Ethicist, Humber River Hospital

Telephone: (416) 744-2500 ext.2533
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Bob Parke's working life, with a brief exception has been spent in hospitals, from the time he worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant in both Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy, until his present employment at Humber River Hospital. While working as a rehab assistant Bob began his academic career at York University, pursuing an interest in immigration history. After graduating with a BA in History, he completed a Bachelor of Social Work from York University and returned to the hospital setting as a discharge planner. After a short time in this role he went on to complete an MSW degree at the University of Toronto and returned to the hospital as a social worker caring for patients and their families in the Intensive Care, cardiology, and general medicine units as well as in the emergency department. At the time of restructuring, Bob briefly left the hospital environment to research and write a proposal for a community palliative care project.


After the completion of this project Bob was hired by Humber River Hospital, a community hospital in the northwest part of Toronto, to provide service in the neurology, cardiac and Critical Care units. At HRRH his interest and subsequent involvement in bioethics grew to a larger part of his work experience including being an active member of the Research Ethics Board and the Clinical Ethics Committee. As Bob continues in this clinical ethics role he is looking forward to applying what he has learned in the MHSc Bioethics program to serve the patients, families and staff at Humber River Hospital.


As health law is highly integrated into the work of bioethicists, Bob completed a certificate in health law through the Osgoode Hall Law School professional development in the spring of 2010. This was a very worthwhile course which supports the work done by bioethicists clinically and organizationally.