Melissa McCradden, PhD, MHSc

Assistant Professor

Position: John and Melinda Thompson Director of AI in Medicine (Integration lead)
Bioethicist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology (SickKids)
SGS Status: Assistant Professor (Status Only)
Primary Graduate Appointment: Division of Clinical & Public Health
Graduate Appointment(s): Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Program: Master of Health Science in Bioethics
Primary Teaching Responsibilities: CHL3003Y – Empirical Approaches in Bioethics

Research Interests
  • Peadiatric bioethics
  • Machine Learning
  • Neurotechnologies and robotics
  • Racial justice and algorithmic bias
  • Research ethics
Current Research Projects
  • Social licence in pediatric health data research and artificial intelligence
  • Responsible evaluation and validation of machine learning systems for patient care
  • Relational ethics in good clinical decision-making using algorithms in pediatrics
  • Augmenting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and institutional accountability when using healthcare algorithms
Education & Training History
  • Bioethicist at The Hospital for Sick Children since October 2019
  • Clinical & Research Fellow, Ethics of Healthcare AI – The Hospital for Sick Children and Vector Institute
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – St. Michael’s Hospital, Injury Prevention Research Office, Dept of Neurosurgery
  • Master’s of Health Science – Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
  • PhD – Neuroscience, McMaster University
Honours & Awards
  • 2022 List of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics
  • 2019 Canadian Bioethics Conference – Judges’ Choice Poster Award
  • 2019 Joint Centre for Bioethics Research Day – Best Student Poster Award
Other Affiliations
  • Temerity Centre for AI Research & Education in Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)