Timothy Christie

Adjunct Professor

Timoth Christie

Dr. Timothy Christie is the Regional Director of Ethics Services for Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick, Canada. Previously, he held the position of Director of Ethics Services for the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation and before returning to New Brunswick in 2006, he was the Health Care Ethicist for the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Dr. Christie is a distinguished philosopher and epidemiologist with a specialization in medical ethics. He holds a BA (first class honours) and MA from the University of New Brunswick, a PhD from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Health Science degree (MHSc) in Epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to his role as the Director of Ethics Services, he is an Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick. He stands as one of the few individuals in Canada qualified as an expert witness on informed consent, having testified in numerous medical malpractice cases across the country. Dr. Christie actively supervises graduate students and has taught medical ethics at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Ottawa, University of New Brunswick, and Dalhousie University.

His research interests encompass the intersection of Ethics in Public Policy and Evidence-Based Decision Making, e.g., Medical Assistance in Dying, Addictions and Harm Reduction, and Informed Consent. Alongside numerous technical documents, Dr. Christie has recently published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the International Journal of Drug Policy, Healthcare Policy, and the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology. In 2022, Dr. Christie was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding work in Anti-Racism and Social Justice.


  • BA (UNB), 
  • MA (UNB), 
  • MHSc (UBC), 
  • PhD (Ottawa)

Selected Publications

Christie T, Li M. Medically assisted dying in Canada and unjust social conditions: a response to Wiebe and Mullin. Journal of Medical Ethics Published Online First: 14 July 2023. doi: 10.1136/jme-2023-109327

Konder R and Christie TKS. A critical evaluation of the new Medical Assistances in Dying Legislation in Canada. Healthcare Policy 2019.

Morrison KC, Brunelle C, Campbell MA, Christie TKS, Hildebrand J. Diversity in the needs and outcomes of low-threshold/high-tolerance methadone maintenance therapy clients. Canadian Journal of Addiction, 2017;8(2): 26-33.

Christie, T. Book review: Balanced Ethics Review: A Guide for Institutional Review Board Members. Current Oncology, Vol.23, No.5, October 2016

Christie T., Sloan JP, and Koning F. Physician assisted death in Canada: An ethical analysis of conscientious and religious objections. Bioéthique Online 2016, 5/14

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