Ian Mitchell is Director of the Office of Medical Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary and a Professor of Pediatrics. His undergraduate medical training was in Edinburgh Scotland, with post-graduate training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Lung Disease in Edinburgh and at the University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children). He has completed graduate studies in Bioethics. He has been involved in many aspects of research ethics for a number of years. He has chaired the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (University of Calgary and Calgary Health Region), remains a member of this board and of the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board, also University of Calgary. He has worked with REB Chairs in Alberta to minimize duplicate review of multicentre studies and is collaborating in a provincial study to identify appropriate and timely processes for review of quality assurance, quality improvement and program development.
His pediatric practice is in a team setting looking after children with chronic lung diseases, many with complex home care needs. His previous research and publications have mainly been in the field of childhood asthma, gender differences in asthma, bronchiolitis, child abuse and parental bereavement. His research continues in RSV infection and evaluation of RSV immunization, while his recent research has included an assessment of the need for clinical ethics services, and the role of moral distress in health care workers. He is extensively involved in ethics education in undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a past president of the Canadian Bioethics Society.
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