Ruby Rajendra Shanker

Ruby Rajendra Shanker
Bioethicist, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics (2015-17), University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

Telephone: (416) 340-4800 ext. 8750
Email: email link
Twitter: @ShankerRuby


Ruby Shanker is the Bioethicist at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network (UHN). She comes to bioethics from medicine with prior clinical experience in general and community medicine.


Ruby is also one of the JCB Fellows in Clinical & Organizational Bioethics, and has previously completed clinical rotations at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), and the Humber River Hospital (HRH). She is a graduate of the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Bioethics program from the JCB.


Ruby’s wide spectrum of interests include ethics pertaining to end-of-life care, mental health, transplant, as well as research ethics. She is experienced in ethical issues that arise in and across various care settings. Her personal background and life experiences amidst global multicultural communities have lent her enriched perspectives towards appreciating and celebrating diversity.


Passionate about medical ethics education, Ruby constantly explores within her practice the hidden curricula within health professions education, the value of including the patient/caregiver narrative, the nature of clinical uncertainty, cross-cultural competencies in healthcare, as well as public engagement in healthcare via social media. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists – Association Canadienne des Éthiciens en Soins de Santé (CAPHE-ACÉSS), and has an ardent interest in the professionalization movement for practicing healthcare ethicists.