Jeff Kirby


Jeff Kirby, MD

Contact information (retired)

Telephone: 902-488-7502
Mailing address:
c/o C-315, 5849 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Academic / Research interests:

  • Ethics analysis of complex healthcare practices
  • Ethics dimensions of medical assistance in dying
  • Social justice and accountability in healthcare policy and practice
  • Critical care ethics
  • Use of deliberative engagement methodologies to enhance collaborative decision making in health care policy development
  • Organ donation and transplantation ethics

Related information:

• CV


  • MA Philosophy (Dalhousie University)
  • MD (Dalhousie University)

Selected publications:

Kirby, J. (2020) Should Institutional Conscientious Objection to Medical Assistance in Dying be Accommodated? Submitted to the Canadian Journal of Bioethics.

Kirby, J. (2019) An Ethics-informed, Comparative Analysis of Uterus Transplantation and Gestational Surrogacy for Uterine Factor Infertility in High Income Countries -- Approved for publication with minor revisions by the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Kirby, J. (2018) Balancing Competing Interests and Obligations in Mental Health Care Practice and Policy. Bioethics 33(6):699-707.

Kirby, J. (2017) Medical Assistance in Dying for Suffering Arising from Mental Health Disorders: Could augmented safeguards enhance its ethical acceptability? Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 10:1-17.  

Kirby, J. (2017) Is There a Particular Ethical Policy and Practice Space in North America for Uncontrolled Kidney Donation After Circulatory Death? Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45:142-148.

Kirby, J. (2016) Organ Donation after Assisted Death: Is it more or less ethically-problematic than organ donation after circulatory death? Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 19(4): 629-635.

Kirby, J. (2016) Balancing Legitimate Critical Care Interests: Setting defensible care limits through policy development. Target Article. American Journal of Bioethics 16(1): 38-47.