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Linda Wright - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CANADA

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Director -- Bioethics | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Providing expert clinical and organizational ethics consultation





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Linda Wright is Director of Bioethics at the University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Linda studied Sociology at the University of Liverpool before taking a Masters in Social Work at McGill University and a Masters in Health Science (Bioethics) from the University of Toronto. Linda provides clinical and organizational ethics consultation and teaching, has research expertise in organ transplantation ethics and writes on current issues in transplantation ethics. Her research focuses mainly on ethical issues of living organ donors. In addition to working on national and international projects in donation and transplantation, Linda is ethics section editor of the journal Progress in Transplantation.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health and Wellness Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers Health Care - Facilities

Areas of Expertise (10)

Bioethics Clinical & Organizational Ethics Issues in Organ Transplantation Acute Care Research Ethics Clinical Research Healthcare Management Program Development Patient Advocacy Program Evaluation

Education (3)

University of Toronto: M.H.Sc., Bioethics 2002

McGill University: M.S.W., Social Work

Liverpool University: B.A., Sociology

Affiliations (2)

  • University of Toronto, Department of Surgery : Assistant Professor
  • University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics : Member

Languages (3)

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Media Appearances (3)

Kidney payment ethics questions raised

CBC  online


Paying kidney donors is socially divisive and needs to be carefully thought through, said Linda Wright, director of bioethics at Toronto's University Health Network. "Organ donation has always been routed in voluntarism and altruism and this is changing it in a very fundamental way," Wright said of the proposal...

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New Developments in Transplant Ethics

The Surgical Spotlight  online


Should elective surgery patients be offered the opportunity to donate a kidney to a patient on the waiting list? If only 3% of patients scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy agreed to donate, the waiting list would disappear. Since the risks of anesthesia and incisions have already been accepted, the only incremental risk is loss of a kidney by laparoscopic nephrectomy...

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Soliciting Kidneys on Websites: Is It Fair?

MarketWired  online


"These websites will continue to operate because there are those who would like to choose the person to whom they donate, and because there are so many people with end-stage renal disease who are desperate for a transplant, " says Linda Wright, bioethicist at UHN, which includes Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals...

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Event Appearances (4)

Bioethics of Organ Transplant

MOTIONS UofT  Toronto, ON.


Ethical Issues in Pediatric Transplantation

International Transplant Nurses Society Scientific Meeting  Atlanta, GA.


Ethical Issues in Organ Donation from Young Living Organ Donors

Trillium Gift of Life Network: Board of Directors, Annual Retreat  Toronto, ON.


You Can't Tell Them That! Confidentiality, Privacy and Informed Consent

International Transplant Nurses Society: Toronto Chapter  London, ON.


Articles (5)

Should the liver transplant criteria for hepatocellular carcinoma be different for deceased donation and living donation?
Liver Transplantation


Should the liver transplant criteria for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) be different for deceased donation and living donation? Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for HCC offers the opportunity to provide a neoadjuvant treatment organized around a scheduled time for the transplant and to restore excellent liver function with a high-quality graft...

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Success factors and ethical challenges of the Spanish Model of organ donation
The Lancet


With 34 donors per million population, Spain has impressed the international transplant community with the world's highest rate of organ donation (double the European average ... Such disclosure by Spanish transplant coordinators would help to clarify their role to families. ...

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Is presumed consent the answer to organ shortages? No
British Medical Journal


... English argues that assuming people want to donate unless there is contrary evidence will increase availability, but Linda Wright believes the ... More organs may be available for transplantation because of the number of intensive care beds, transplant surgeons, coordinators...

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The Ethics Statement of the Vancouver Forum on the Live Lung, Liver, Pancreas and Intestine Donor


The use of organs from live donors is an important component of transplantation today. The Ethics Committee of the Transplantation Society (TTS) has previously published a statement on ethical considerations pertaining to the live kidney donor...

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Evaluation of a mentorship program for heart transplant patients
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation


The Heart Transplant Mentor Programme (HTMP) was initiated to augment patient care by providing patients and families with information and support from a peer perspective. We assessed program effectiveness with a pilot study of semi-structured interviews of 63%(10/ ...

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