Anita Ho (PhD, MPH) is a bioethicist and health services researcher with a unique combined academic training and experience in philosophy, clinical/organizational ethics, public health, and business.  (She is also a classically trained pianist, with a Master degree in piano performance. Clearly, she is still trying to decide what she will do when she grows up!)  Anita is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC, Associate Professor (Adjunct Track) and in the Bioethics Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS).  She is also the Regional Director of Ethics (Northern California) for Providence.  Between 2014 and 2017, Anita was Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine.

An international scholar and author of more than 70 publications, Anita is an elected fellow of The Hastings Center. Her current research focuses on ethical dimensions of utilizing innovative and artificial intelligence technologies in health care, research and trial design ethics, supportive decision making, and end-of-life care decisions (supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, BC SUPPORT Unit, and St. Paul’s Foundation).  She is particularly interested in systemic and social justice issues arising in health care.  Her broader research areas include trust and decision making in clinical and research medicine, family-centered care, health-care resource allocation and disparity, organizational and system ethics in health care, cross-cultural and global health ethics, professional-patient relationship, ethics education for health professionals, disability and pain experiences, and various concepts of autonomy.  She is currently completing a book manuscript on AI health monitoring ethics, under contract with Oxford University Press.  Extending her research on AI health monitoring to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Anita has been exploring as an Emerson Collective Fellow the ethical dimensions of digital public health monitoring in the context of the surveillance culture and ongoing social unrest, a topic that she first presented as a plenary speaker at the 2020 World Congress of Bioethics/Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.


Recent Articles:

Global solidarity, health disparity, and COVID-19: Global Bioethics (2021); Hastings Center Report (2020)

AI health monitoring: BMC Geriatrics (2020); Journal of Addiction Medicine (2020); Hastings Center Report (2019)

Medical Assistance in Dying: Palliative Care and Social Practice (2021); Nursing Ethics (2021); Journal of Palliative Medicine (2020)

Family-centred care: American Journal of Bioethics  (2020)

Indigenous rights for supportive decision making: International Journal of Indigenous Health (2021)

Serious illness conversations: Nursing Ethics (2021)

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Recent Press Coverage:

COVID vaccination for incarcerated populations: Washington Post, CBC, Canadian Press/CTV

COVID vaccination prioritization ethics: Vancouver Sun

COVID vaccination queue jumping: Global News, CBC

Restrictions for unvaccinated people: Canadian Press/Toronto Star

Disparity in COVID vaccination: MIT Technology Review (2021); MIT Technology Review (2020)



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