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Matthew Hunt

Assistant Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain www.crir.ca

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Office Room: H-205

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Office Phone: 514-398-4400 ext. 00289

matthew [dot] hunt [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)



  • Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation
  • Associate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit
  • Associate Member, Division of Experimental Medicine
  • Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Shriners Hospital for Children (Montreal).

Education: Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Research on Ethics, University of Montreal (2009-11)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of McMaster University (2008-11)
PhD in Experimental Medicine - McGill
MSc in Experimental Medicine (Specialization in Bioethics) - McGill
BSc in Physical Therapy - McGill


POTH-563: Foundations of Professional Practice
PHTH-570:  Strategies in Professional Practice


Dr. Hunt chairs the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Shriners Hospital. Previously, he has been the clinical ethics consultant at three rehabilitation hospitals in Montreal. He has worked as a physiotherapist in several pediatric settings in Montreal, and in Northern Quebec, North Africa and the Balkans.

 Research Interests:

  • Ethics and rehabilitation care and intistitutions
  • Global health ethics
  • Humanitarian healthcare ethics
  • Disability and health equity
  • Empirical bioethics

Currently funded research:

Dr. Hunt's research is supported by a Research Scholar Junior 1 award from the Fond de recherche du Québec - Santé

Selected Publications:

Hunt, Matthew R, Christina Sinding, Lisa Schwartz. (2013). Tragic choices in humanitarian healthcare practice. Journal of Clinical Ethics. 23(4): 338-344.

Hunt, Matthew R, Lisa Schwartz, Christina Sinding and Laurie Elit. (2013). The ethics of engaged presence: a framework for health professionals in humanitarian assistance and development work. Developing World Bioethics. Early on-line: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dewb.12013/full

Hunt, Matthew R and Béatrice Godard.  Beyond procedural ethics: Foregrounding justice in global health research ethics training for students. Global Public Health. Early on-line at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2013.796400

Hunt, Matthew R., James Anderson and Renaud Boulanger. (2012). Ethical implications of disaster research diversity. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 7(3):  211-221.

Gogognon Patrick, Matthew Hunt, Valéry Ridde. (2012). Les enjeux éthiques d’une recherche-action sur une sélection communautaire des indigents au Burkina Faso. Éthique et Santé. 9(4): 148-155.

Hunt, Matthew R., Lisa Schwartz, Laurie Elit. (2012). Ethics support and training for health professionals in international aid work. Public Health Ethics. 5(1): 91-99.

Hunt, Matthew R and Carolyn Ells. (2013). A Patient-Centered Ethics Analysis Model for Rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Early Online at http://journals.lww.com/ajpmr/Abstract/publishahead/A_Patient_Centered_Care_Ethics_Analysis_Model_for.99424.aspx

Laliberté, Maude, Matthew Hunt, Bryn Williams-Jones, Debbie Feldman (2013). Health professionals and bedbugs: an ethical analysis of a resurgent scourge. HEC Forum. Early on-line http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10730-013-9209-1.

Kaizer, Franceen, Anna-Maria Spiridigliozzi and Matthew R Hunt. (2012). Promoting shared decision-making in rehabilitation: Development of a framework for situations when dysphagic patients refuse diet modification recommended by the treating team. Dysphagia. 27: 81-87.

Hunt MR, Carnevale FA. (2012) Exploring disability through the lens of moral experience. Physical Therapy Reviews. 17(6);369-73.