Blair Henry DBioethics
Assistant Professor
DFCM - Division of Palliative Care
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave
Room H2 39
Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5
Graduate Students
Summer Students
Research Interests
Palliative Care, Systematic Reviews, Ethnography, Mixed Methods, Survey Methods, Bioethics

Blair has a Doctor of Bioethics from Loyola University and is a Senior Ethicist with the Ethics Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. 

Prior to joining Sunnybrook as an ethicist, Blair completed a Post Graduate and Senior Post Graduate Clinical, Organizational and Research Ethics fellowships through the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Prior to ethics, he worked in the hospice and end-of-life field as a case manager and program developer for 8 years.


Research Synopsis

Research interest pertain to empirical research into areas of bioethics, end-of-life, research ethics.

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

[CoA] Rapoport MJ, Zucchero Sarracini C, Kiss A, Lee L, Byszewski A, Seitz DP, Vrkljan B, Molnar F, Herrmann N, Tang-Wai DF, Frank C, Henry B, Pimlott N, Masellis M, Naglie G. Computer-Based Driving in Dementia Decision Tool With Mail Support: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res 2018;20(5):e194 URL: DOI: 10.2196/jmir.9126

[CoA] Sally Bean, Phil Shin, Blair Henry, and Brian H Cuthbertson. Second Medical Opinions in End-of-Life Disputes in Critical Care: An Ethics-Based Approach. Healthcare Quarterly. July 2017; 20(2): 23-26

[PA,CA] Henry B, Huynh L, Amirault N, Dosani N. Palliative Care as a Public Health Issue: Understanding disparities to access to palliative care for homeless population living in Toronto based on a policy analysis. Current Oncology. 2017; 24(3): 187-191.

[PA, CA] Henry B, Perez A, Trpcic S, Rizoli S, Nascimento B. Protecting Study Participants in Emergency Research: Is community consultation before trial commencement enough? Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. 2017, 2: 1-6.

[PA] Henry B. The ethics of suffering in the era of assisted dying. Annals of Palliative Medicine. 2017; 6 (2):173-177.

[CoA] Cameron DH, Zucchero Sarracini C, Rozmovits L, Naglie G, Herrmann N, Molnar F, Jordan J, Byszewski A, Tang-Wai D, Dow J, Frank C, Henry B, Pimlott N, Seitz D, Vrkljan B, Taylor R, Masellis M, Rapoport MJ. Development of a decision-making tool for reporting drivers with mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment to transportation administrators. Int Psychogeriatr. 2017, 29(9): 1551-1563.

[PA] Henry, B. Evolving ethical and legal implications for feeding at the end of life. Ann Palliat Med 2017;6(1):87-90. doi: 10.21037/apm.2017.01.01

[CA] Lam M, Choi M, Lam HR, Agarwal A, Chow R, Chow S, Rowbottom L, McDonald R, Lam H, Chan S, Chow E, Henry B. Use of multimedia in patient and caregiver education for cancer pain management: a literature review. Ann Palliat Med 2016. doi: 10.21037/apm.2016.11.06

[CoA/CA] Cheon S, Fu W, Agarwal A, Chow E, Henry B. The impact of breaking bad news on oncologist burnout and how communication skills can help: a scoping review. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CoA/CA] Lim FMY, Sutanto LL, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. Contemporary patient and health care provider attitudes and perspectives towards truth-telling and the disclosure of diagnosis and prognosis in Asia: a scoping review. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CoA/CA] Bain E, Puopolo M, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. Cultural and religious considerations in cancer care. Where do desires for life-sustaining care and miracles come from? J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CoA/CA] Puopolo M, Bain E, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. Factors and correlates of depression in advanced cancer patients: A scoping review J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00

[CoA/CA] Wan BA, Jiang C, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. A review on the impact of "do-not-resuscitate" orders on mortality and quality of care. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CoA/CA] Lao N, Lao M, Lam M, Agarwal A, Chow E, Henry B. The use of vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, and other dietary supplements as complementary and alternative therapies in cancer care: A literature review. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CoA] Sutanto LL, Ying FM, Agarwal A, Lam M, Chow E, Henry B. A scoping review of psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of palliative cancer patients J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CA] Jiang S, Wan BA, Lam M, Agarwal A, Chow E, Henry B. A qualitative review of Patient and Family Advisory Councils in cancer care. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[CA] Lam M, Lam H, Agarwal A, Chow R. Chow S, Chow E, De Longhi C, Henry B. Clinicians’ views on palliative sedation for existential suffering: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. J Pain Manage 2017;10(1):00-00.

[FA] Henry, B. A reasoned argument for the demise of the ‘DNR’. Annals of Palliative Medicine; 2016 Oct;5(4):303-307. doi: 10.21037/apm.2016.09.02.

[FA.CA] Henry B, McDonald R, Chan S, Chow E, Rowbottom L. Medical marijuana: A Canadian perspective. Journal of Pain Management, 2016; 9(4): 521-524.

[FA] Henry, B. Hunger Games. J Narrative Bioethics. 2016; 6(2): e 7-9.

Journal Special Issue Editor

[Senior Editor] Henry B, Agarwal A , Niss R. Cannabis: A Public Health Perspective. Currently in review 2018.


[Editor] Blair Henry, Arnav Agarwal, Edward Chow, Hatim A. Omar, and Joav Merrick. Cannabis: Medical Aspects. Series: Health and Human Development . Nova Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53610-510-0

[Editor] Blair Henry, Arnav Agarwal, Edward Chow, Hatim A. Omar, and Joav Merrick. Palliative Care: Psychosocial and Ethical Considerations. Series: Health and Human Development. Pub. Date: 2017 - 1st Quarter ISBN: 978-1-53610-607-7

Book Chapters

Henry, B. [FA] Chapter x. Communications in palliative and end-of-life care. In: Handbook of Nutrition and Diet in Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Ed. Victor Preedy. 2018. Taylor and Francis.

Lam M, Lechner B, Chow R, Chiu L, Chiu N, Lam H, Popovic M, Milakovic M, DeAngelis C, Chow E, Henry B [CA] A Review of Medical Humanities Curriculum in Medical Schools. Chapter X in Cancer: Survival, Quality of Life and Ethical Implications. 2016, Nova Publishing

Henry B [FA.CA], Lam M, Chow R, Chiu L, Chow S, Chow E, Lam H, Pulenzas N, Lechner B. Social work in end-of-life care: A review of the most highly cited papers. Chapter X In: Cancer: Survival, Quality of Life and Ethical Implications. 2016, Nova Publishing

Henry, B. [FA] “Clinical guidelines for the use of Palliative Sedation: moving from contention to consensus.” Chapter 9 in Sedation at the End of life: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Editor Paulina Taboada. "Philosophy and Medicine" book series at Springer Academic Publishers. Dordrecht, The Netherlands 2015: pgs. 118- 138.

Henry, B. [FA] “ Clinical trial data: Ethical considerations in the face of technological advances.” Chapter 4 in ‘Advances in collating and using trial data’. Future Science Group. 2014: pgs. 3-14.

Honours and Awards

2014    Best Educational Rounds 2013-2014 Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Sunnybrook Health Sciences: Assisted dying- what psychiatrist need to know. Co-presented B Henry, M. Branigan, C.Cohen .

2014    Best Poster, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference April 27-29, 2014 Richmond Hill Ontario. [Poster- Palliative Sedation Therapy: A systematic review of the literature on the attitudes and perceptions of health care providers. B Henry, J Flanagan, A Kim, P Mazzotta.]