Introducing Bioethicist: Dr. Ryan Tonkens

Lakehead University Centre for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) is pleased to announce the most recent addition to our ethics resource team: Dr. Ryan Tonkens.  He comes to us from Monash University in Australia, but is originally from Southern Ontario. With formal training in philosophy and bioethics, he has current research interests in the organ shortage problem, transplantation ethics, assisted human reproduction, and discrimination related to emerging health technologies. He applies a virtue based approach in his work.

Dr. Tonkens will be working closely with NOSM, Confederation College, Pioneer Ridge, and the CHCE’s 22 institutional partners on ethics education and support. As a champion for social justice, he seeks to make positive contributions and promote critical engagement for people to live better lives. For further details please contact him through the CHCE office at 807-343-8126 or by email:


Dr. Ryan Tonkens