Faculty Member

Maria McDonald BComm, JD, MHSc (bioethics)

Email Address(es)
Clinical Public Health Division
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member

Research Interests

Maria has a wide range of interests and her current focus is in the areas of justified decision making, consent and capacity, patient rights, and human rights in health care settings

Maria McDonald is a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.  She works as an independent consultant in bioethics, privacy and health law.   Most recently she completed a 9 month contract as the Interim Research Ethics Officer at Public Health Ontario. Previously, she worked as the Bioethicist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital from 2007 to 2013, and as the Privacy Officer from 2010 to 2013. She has over 16 years of experience as a member of Research Ethics Boards in the Toronto area. 
Since 2007, Maria has been the Course Lead for CHL 3005HF, “Legal Approaches to Bioethics” in the MHSc Program in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, and is appointed Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Law and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.  In 2008, she received the Graduate Course Lecturer Award by the Institute of Medical Sciences at University of Toronto.
Maria earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Finance at the University of Toronto and her Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School.  After practicing law for seven years on behalf of injured people, Maria continued developing her interest in health law and bioethics as a member and Vice-Chair on the Research Ethics Board of St. Michael’s Hospital over a period of 10 years.  In 2005 Maria received a MHSc in Bioethics and in 2007 completed a postgraduate Clinical Ethics Fellowship, both at the University of Toronto.