Jeff Kirby


Jeff Kirby, MD

Contact information

Telephone: 902-488-7502
Mailing address:
C-320, 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
Organ donation and transplantation ethics
Social accountability in medical education

Related information:



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

Selected publications:

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) Morally-relevant Similarities and Differences between Assisted Dying Practices in Paradigm and Non-paradigm Circumstances: Could they inform regulatory Decisions? Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (in press).

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) Beyond Influence and Autonomy: Expanding the scope of ethical considerations in organ donation registration. American Journal of Bioethics 16(11): 31-33.

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.

Kirby, J., O’Hearn, S., Latham, L., Harris, B., Davis-Murdoch, S., and K. Paul (2016) Introducing a Collaborative E2 (Evaluation & Enhancement) Social Accountability Framework for Medical Schools. International Journal of Higher Education 5(4): 216-221.