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Frank Wagner

Frank Wagner

, MHSc
OHCRN Member: OHCRN Research Consortium

Toronto Central CCAC & Joint Centre for Bioethics

Assisstant Professor,
Department of Family & Community Medicine,
University of Toronto


Frank Wagner is the Bioethicist for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and the Joint Centre for Bioethics, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. He holds degrees in physical anthropology (BA) and medical anthropology (MA), and is a graduate of the MHSc program in Medical Ethics at the University of Toronto.

The Toronto Central CCAC was the first non-hospital organization to be accepted as a partner by the Joint Centre for Bioethics and the first CCAC (home care agency) to appoint an ethicist. He has played a major role in the following initiatives: 1) Creating a community Ethics Toolkit that includes a Code of Ethics for the community health and support sector, and guidelines for ethical decision-making and conducting case reviews; 2) Launching a Community Ethics Network with more than 30 member organizations to advance the practice of ethics in the community health and support sector; 3) Developing resources for education and training in community-based ethics; and 4) Coordinating and supporting clinical and operational ethics at local and regional levels.

Frank is also deeply involved in health care management and policy in Ontario. He is currently a Trustee of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and sits on the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC), which provides advice to the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding the uptake, diffusion, and distribution of new health technologies. He is also Chair of OHTAC’s Public Engagement Subcommittee. He has been the Co-Chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Network (HPCNet) – a partnership with the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Vice-Chair of Women's College Hospital Board.

Frank is a co-investigator in several funded research projects. The project on developing an integrated service delivery model for paediatric palliative care was awarded $130,000 in funding from The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation through the National Child and Youth Home Care Competition. A multi-site study investigating the cost and quality of variations in ambulatory and home based palliative care was awarded a three-year, $300,000 CIHR Operating Grant in 2005. Most recently, his research group with the Joint Centre for Bioethics was awarded an Ethics Seed Grant from CIHR for the project, “There's no place like home: What constitutes an "adequate" home environment for younger adults with physical disabilities?”

Frank’s publications include co-authoring “Just regionalisation: rehabilitating care for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses,” BMC Medical Ethics 2006, and “Frameworks for Conducting & Evaluating Clinical Ethics: Homecare as a Model,” in Bioethics for Clinicians, published by Cambridge University Press, March, 2008.