Shane K. Green

Shane K. Green, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Telephone: (647) 530-4389
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Shane specializes in the ethics of biotechnological ("benchside") research and research involving human subjects and has focused his career on helping enable improvements in the health of patients and populations through the integration of ethics into biomedical research endeavors.


From 2010-2014, Shane was a Research Scientist and Program Leader within the Ethical, Social, and Cultural (ESC) Program for Global Health at St. Michael's Hospital and the Sandra Rotman Center, University Health Network. Shane was responsible for managing and delivering the ESC Program, while leading and contributing to a variety of research portfolios, most recently focusing on ethical issues in vaccine development and deployment.


Before that (2005-2010), he was the Lead of Social Impact Programs and Director of Outreach at the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI), leading OGI's public outreach and education initiatives as well as its program to provide support to researchers funded through the organization in considering the ethical, economic, environmental, legal and social issues ("GE3LS") related to their research.


Shane earned his specialized honours BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph (1996), and his PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto (2004), specializing in cell and molecular biology of human cancers. He studied bioethics and research ethics as a graduate student through the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) and as a post-doctoral fellow with the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association in Chicago, IL.


Shane has taught bioethics and research ethics to undergraduate and graduate students, and lectured to a variety of public and professional audiences through more than 120 invited presentations since 2005. He is a longstanding member of the JCB and currently serves as the Co-Director of a course on empirical approaches to ethics, through the JCB’s MHSc in Bioethics program. He has also served on the Research Ethics Boards of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and served two terms as a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Stem Cell Oversight Committee (2008-2013).