Associate Professor
Senior Researcher, Ethics Services, Providence Health Care
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics Curriculum, National University of Singapore
BA (Hons), BComm (magna cum laude), MA, MMus, PhD
On Leave: Jul 1, 2014-Jun 30, 2015
Rm 229, Leonard S. Klinck Building
Vancouver, BC
phone: 6048224049

Dr. Anita Ho is Associate Professor at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia, and Director of Ethics Services at Providence Health Care, specializing in bioethics, research ethics, social/political philosophy, and disability studies. Prior to joining the Centre in 2008, she was an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Co-Coordinator for the Centre for Women, Economic Justice, and Public Policy at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, and Assistant Professor in Philosophy at UBC.

Anita’s main research interests in bioethics include cross-cultural ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, and various concepts of autonomy. Her recent articles can be found in publications such as The Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Academic Medicine, Journal of Medical Genetics, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and The Journal of Clinical Ethics.

SPHA 563 Ethics and Ethical Decision Making
MEDG 535 Genetics and Ethics
INDS 502 Bioethics Practicum
PHIL 433 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 235 Contemporary Moral Problems

Graduate Students:

Daniel BuchmanPhD
Jennifer BellPhD
Kim TaylorPhD Student
Karen GoddardMSc Student

Journal Articles:


1.      Ho, A., Pinney, S., Bozic, K. (Forthcoming).  Ethical Concerns in Caring for Elderly Patients with Cognitive Limitations: A Capacity-Adjusted Shared Decision Making Approach. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.  Provisionally Accepted.


2.      Ho, A., Unger, D. (In Press.) Power Hierarchy and Epistemic Injustice in Clinical Ethics Consultation. American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB).


3.      Ho, A., Silvers, A., Stainton, T. (2014).  Continuous Surveillance of Persons with Disabilities: Conflicts and Compatibilities of Personal and Social Goods. Journal of Social Philosophy 45(3), 348-368.


4.      Buchman, D., Ho, A. (2013.) What’s Trust Got to Do with It? Revisiting Opioid Contracts. Journal of Medical Ethics. doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101320.


5.      Taylor, D., Masse, L., Ho, A., et al. (2013). A Brief Tool to Assess Capacity to Consent for Medical Care Among Homeless Individuals with Problematic Substance Use: Study Protocol.  Archives of Public Health 71, 11.


6.      Hawkins, A., Creighton, S., Ho, A., et al. (2013). Providing predictive testing for Huntington disease via telehealth: results of a pilot study in British Columbia, Canada. Clinical Genetics 84(1), 60-4.


7.      Olson, R.A., Bobinski, M.A., Ho, A., Goddard, K.J. (2012). Oncologists’ view of informed consent and shared decision making in paediatric radiation oncology. Radiotherapy & Oncology 102(2), 210 – 213.

8.      Hawkins, A., Ho, A. (2012). Genetic Counselling and the Ethical Issues Around Direct to Consumer Testing.  Journal of Genetic Counseling 21(3), 367-373.


9.      Pavlish, C., Ho, A., and Rounkle, A.M.  (2012). Health and human rights advocacy: perspectives form a Rwandan refugee camp. Nursing Ethics 19(4), 538-549.


10.  Ho, A. (2011). Trusting Experts and Epistemic Humility in Disability.  International Journal of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 4(2), 102-123.


11.  Passmore, M., Ho, A, Gallagher, R. (2011). “Behavioural and psychological symptoms in moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease – towards a palliative care model emphasising recognition of personhood and preservation of dignity.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 29, 1-13.


12.  Hawkins, A., Ho, A., Hayden, M. (2011).  “Lessons for Predictive Testing for Huntington’s Disease: 25 Years On.”  Journal of Medical Genetics 48(10), 649-50.


13.  Bell, J., Ho, A. (2011). “Authenticity as a Necessary Condition for Voluntary Choice: A Case Study in Cancer Clinical Trial Participation.”  American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) 11(8), 33-5.


14.  Dharamsi, S., Ho, A., Spadafora, S., & Woollard, R. (2011).  “The Physician as Health Advocate: Translating the Quest for Social Responsibility into Medical Education and Practice.” Academic Medicine 86(9), 1-6.


15.  Ho, A. & Pavlish, C. (2011). “Indivisibility of Accountability and Empowerment in Tackling Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from a Refugee Camp in Rwanda.” Journal of Refugee Studies 24(1), 88-109.


16.  Pavlish, C. & Ho, A. (2009). “Displaced Persons’ Perceptions of Human Rights in Southern Sudan”.  International Nursing Review 56(4), 416-425. 


17.  Pavlish, C. & Ho, A. (2009). “Human Rights Barriers for Displaced Persons in Southern Sudan”. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 41(3), 284-292.


18.  Ho, A. (2009). “‘They Just Don’t Get It!’ When Family Disagrees with Expert Opinion.”  Journal of Medical Ethics 35(8), 497-501.


19.  Pavlish, C. & Ho, A. (2009). “Pathway to Social Justice: Research on Human Rights and Gender-based Violence in a Rwanda Refugee Camp.”  Advances in Nursing Science 32(2), 144-157.


20.  Ho, A. (2008). “Correcting Social Ills Through Mandatory Research Participation.” American Journal of Bioethics 8(10), 39-40.


21.  Ho, A. (2008). “Using Family Members as Interpreters in the Clinical Setting.” The Journal of Clinical Ethics 19(3), 223-233.


22.  Ho, A. (2008). “The Individualist Model of Autonomy and the Challenge of Disability.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5, 193-207.


23.  De Melo-Martin, I. & Ho, A. (2008).  “Beyond Informed Consent: The Therapeutic Misconception and Trust”. Journal of Medical Ethics 34, 202-5.


24.  Ho, A. (2008). “Relational Autonomy or Undue Pressure? Family’s Role in Medical Decision-Making.” Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 22, 128-135.


25.  Ho, A.  (2007). “Disability in Bioethics Curricula.” Teaching Philosophy 30 (4), 403- 420.


26.  Ho, A.  (2006). “Family and Informed Consent in Multicultural Settings.” American Journal of Bioethics 6(1), 26-28.


27.  Ho, A.  (2005). “Pharmaceutical Corporations and the Duty to Aid in HIV/AIDS Epidemic.” Business and Professional Ethics Journal 24(4), 51-81.


28.  Ho, A.  (2004). “To Be Labelled, or Not to Be Labelled: That is the Question.” British Journal of Learning Disabilities 32(2), 86-92.


29.  Ho, A.  (2003). “International Business vs. Globalization: Implications on Business Ethics,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal 22(2), 51-69.


30.  Ho, A. (2003). “Fair Equality of Opportunity and Multi-Tiered Systems,” Review Journal of Political Philosophy 1, 155-192.

Book Chapters:


1.      Ho, A. (2014). “Choosing Death: A Lesson in Autonomy and Ableism.” Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender (eds. Mark Piper and Andrea Veltman).  Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 326-350.


2.      Ho, A. (2013). “Whose Interest is it Anyway? Autonomy and Family-Facilitated Approach of Decision Making.” The Future of Bioethics (ed. Akira Akabayashi). Oxford University Press, pp. 757-761.


3.      Ho, A. (2011). “Community-Based Collaborative Action Research and a Relational Approach to Research Ethics.”  Community-based Collaborative Action Research: A Nursing Approach (eds. Carol Pavlish and Maggie Pharris-Dexheimer).  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., pp. 333-356.


4.      Ho, A. (2010). “Personhood and Assisted Death.” Kant and the Cultivation of Personhood, (ed. Stephen Palmquist). Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 370-381.


5.      Ho, A.  (2006). “The Cancer Diaries.” Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics(eds. Mary Rawlinson and Shannon Lundeen). Kluwer Series in the Philosophy of Medicine. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 71-88.


Encyclopedia Entries:


1.      Ho, A. (Forthcoming). “Health Insurance.” Encyclopedia of Global Ethics (ed. Henk ten Have). Springer.


2.      Ho, A, & Buchman, D. (Forthcoming). “Pain.” Encyclopedia of Global Ethics (ed. Henk ten Have). Springer.


3.      Ho, A. (2014). “Epistemic Injustice.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics (ed. Bruce Jennings), 4th edition. Macmillan Reference USA.


4.      Ho, A. (2008). “Self Ownership.” Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (ed. Robert Kolb). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


5.      Ho, A. (2008). “Medicaid.” Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (ed. Robert Kolb). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


6.      Ho, A. (2008). “Medicare.” Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (ed. Robert Kolb). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Anita is currently working on a project on trust and autonomy in clinical and research medicine, supported by a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She is also the Principal Investigator on a project on supportive decision making in a diverse society, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She also worked with the American Refugee Committee as a volunteer consultant on collaborative and community-based research projects on human rights issues facing refugees and internally displaced people in Rwanda and South Sudan.

Given her prior experience teaching professionals and her current position as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics Curriculum at the National University of Singapore, Anita is also interested in developing models for evaluating ethics curricula for various educational and professional programs.