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Ann M. Heesters

Ann M. Heesters is the Director of Bioethics at the University Health Network, Canada’s largest teaching and research hospital. Heesters has practiced in the field for more than 15 years and established the ethics services at two other academic health sciences centers. She came to Toronto in 2009 to become Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Toronto, Canada. Heesters has an abiding interest in standards of practice for health care ethicists, was a founding member of PHEEP (Practicing Healthcare Ethicists Exploring Professionalization), and an early director of CAPHE-ACCESS (the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists). She trained in Philosophy and heartily endorses the ancient Greek view that the study of wisdom is best reserved for those over the age of 30...or 50…!