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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).


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-606: Introduction to Pediatric Physical Therapy


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 also 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:

Ethics of global health research and practice

Hunt M, Schwartz L, Sinding C and Elit L. (2014). The ethics of engaged presence: a framework for health professionals in humanitarian assistance and development work. Developing World Bioethics, 14(1): 47-55.

Hunt M, Gogognon P and Ridde V. (2014). Ethical considerations related to participation and partnership: An investigation of stakeholders’ perceptions of an action-research project on user fee removal for the poorest in Burkina Faso. BMC Medical Ethics, 15:13.

Smith E, Hunt M and Master Z. (2014). Authorship ethics in global health research partnerships between researchers from low-medium income and high income countries. BMC Medical Ethics, 15:42.

Eckenwiler L and Hunt M. (2014). Counter-terrorism, ethics and global health. Hastings Centre Report, 44(3): 12-13.

Hunt M and Godard B. (2013).  Beyond procedural ethics: Foregrounding justice in global health research ethics training for students. Global Public Health, 8 (6): 713-24.

Hunt M, Schwartz L and Fraser V. (2013). “How far do you go and where are the issues surrounding that?” Dilemmas at the boundaries of clinical competency in humanitarian health work. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 28 (5): 502-8.

Hunt M, Sinding C and Schwartz L. (2013). Tragic choices in humanitarian healthcare practice. Journal of Clinical Ethics, 23(4): 338-344.

Rehabiltation and clinical ethics

Hudon A., Laliberté M, Hunt M, Sonier V, Bryn WJ, Mazer B., Badro V and Ehrmann Feldman D. (2014). What place for ethics? An overview of ethics teaching in occupational and physiotherapy programs in Canada. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(9):775-780.

Hunt M, Schwartz L, Sinding C and Elit L. (2013). The ethics of engaged presence: a framework for health professionals in humanitarian assistance and development work. Developing World Bioethics, 14(1):47-55.

Hunt M and Ells C. (2013). A patient-centered ethics analysis model for rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(9): 818-27.

Laliberté M, Hunt M, Williams-Jones B and Feldman D. (2013). Health professionals and bedbugs: an ethical analysis of a resurgent scourge. HEC Forum, 25(3): 245-255.

Qualitative research methods and empirical bioethics

Hunt M and Carnevale F. (2012) Exploring disability through the lens of moral experience. Physical Therapy Reviews, 17(6): 369-373.

Hunt M and Carnevale F. (2011). Moral experience: A framework for bioethics research. Journal of Medical Ethics, 37: 658-66.