Maxwell J. Smith, PhD, MSB

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow,
Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Bioethicist,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & North York General Hospital

Adjunct Faculty,
The Bioethics Program

Social justice and public health
Health equity
Ethics and epidemics
Empirical ethics


Max is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, where he is using philosophical and social science methods to investigate what a theoretically coherent intersectoral strategy for health equity ought to look like. Max has a PhD from the University of Toronto in public health sciences and bioethics, a Master of Science in Bioethics from The Bioethics Program, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in bioethics from the University of Toronto. He is a recent recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, a CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics, the Peter A. Singer Graduate Award in Bioethics, and the Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics. Max's main research and teaching interests are in the domain of public health ethics, particularly in relation to the examination of ethical concepts (e.g., 'social justice', 'health equity') and their role in public health policy and practice.

Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications

Smith MJ, Viens AM. (2016). Critical Care Triage in Pandemics. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (pgs. 90-94), ed. Barrett DH, Ortmann LW, Dawson A, Saenz C, Reis A, Bolan G. Springer International Publishing.

Viens AM, Smith MJ. (2016). Mass Evacuation. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (pgs. 132-136), ed. Barrett DH, Ortmann LW, Dawson A, Saenz C, Reis A, Bolan G. Springer International Publishing.

Bernard CB, Smith MJ, (2016). Wagner F. Unanticipated Vulnerability: Marginalizing the Least Visible in Pandemic Planning. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (pgs. 226-230), ed. Barrett DH, Ortmann LW, Dawson A, Saenz C, Reis A, Bolan G. Springer International Publishing.

Bean S, Smith MJ. (2016). Victimless Vapour? Healthcare Organizations Should Restrict the Use of E-cigarettes. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 106(8): e467-e469.

Komparic A, Smith MJ, Thompson A. (2016). An Ethical Justification for Expanding the Notion of Effectiveness in Vaccine Post-Market Monitoring: Insights from the HPV Vaccine in Canada. Public Health Ethics, 9(1): 78-91.

Smith MJ, Upshur REG. (2015). Ebola and Learning Lessons from Moral Failures: Who Cares About Ethics? Public Health Ethics, 8(3): 305-318.

Smith MJ, Silva DS. (2015). Ethics for Pandemics Beyond Influenza: Ebola, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, and Anticipating Future Ethical Challenges in Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Monash Bioethics Review, 33(2): 130-147.

Smith MJ. (2015). Health Equity in Public Health: Clarifying our Commitment. Public Health Ethics, 8(2): 173-184.

Smith MJ. (2015). Ethical Considerations for the Reduction of Multifetal Pregnancies. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Online Bioethics Curriculum (Section IV: Reproductive Health). Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Smith MJ. (2015). What’s on the Menu for an Equitable Approach to Nutrition Labelling in Restaurants? Public Health Ethics, 8(1): 98-102.

Smith MJ. (2015). “Publication Bias” and How it Might Effect the Response to Public Health Emergencies. In Ethics in Epidemics, Emergencies and Disasters: Research, Surveillance and Patient Care (pgs. 147-154). Geneva: World Health Organization.

Smith MJ. (2015). Ethical Obligations of Researchers, Public Health Practitioners and Publishers Regarding Ownership of Scientific Data. In Ethics in Epidemics, Emergencies and Disasters: Research, Surveillance and Patient Care (pgs. 155-162). Geneva: World Health Organization.

Bean S, Smith MJ. (2015). A Vaping Matter: E-cigarette Use in Healthcare Organizations. The Hastings Center Report, 45(6): 11-12.

Silva DS, Smith MJ. (2015). Limiting Rights and Freedoms in the Context of Ebola and other Public Health Emergencies: How the Principle of Reciprocity Can Enrich the Application of the Siracusa Principles. Health and Human Rights Journal, 17(1): 52-57.



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