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Eugene Bereza

Eugene Bereza


eugene [dot] bereza [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Academic background

Dr Bereza has a background in biology, literature, music therapy, palliative care and family medicine. He completed his bioethics studies and his clinical ethics training as a post-doctoral Fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Dr Bereza is presently the Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and Associate Professor and Director of the Medical Ethics Program in the Department of Family Medicine.


Dr Bereza is chairman of the Research Ethics Boards of the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute and the CLSC Cote-des-Neiges.

His research interests include:

  • Assessment of minimal risk in social science research as it relates to community health care.
  • Comparative assessment of innovative care versus clinical research with respect to developing proportionate standards of informed consent.
  • Xeno-transplantation.
  • Reproductive technologies.
  • End-of-life care, physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.


Dr Bereza is the Bioethics Consultant at the the CLSC Cote des Neiges, the McGill Reproductive Centre, Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal Neurological Hospital & Institute, and the Royal Victoria Hospital. He also has clinical appointments in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery.


Dr Bereza teaches the Bioethics Practicum course in the Bioethics Master's Program, one of the two core courses in that program. That course involves both classroom teaching and the placement and supervision of students in the McGill teaching hospitals. In that setting, students are familiarized with how hospitals and health care teams work, the concerns of patients, the ethical dilemmas which arise and the potential contribution of clinical ethics in helping to resolve them. The course also provides academic and practical exposure to research ethics and health policy development.

In the Department of Family Medicine, Dr Bereza is responsible for the Faculty Development Program in Bioethics. He also teaches in a number of the Faculty of Medicine's Residency Programs in Bioethics, including the following: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Fellowship Program in Reproductive Technologies.


Dr Bereza chairs the Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Medical Association and the Ethics Working Group of the Canadian Council on Donation and Transplantation. He is also a member of the Ethics Committees of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Marketing Practices Review Committee of Rx & D.

Selected publications

Bereza E, "Ethique et santé mentale: les plus vulnerables sont-ils toujours sacrifies?' Revue Canadienne de Sante Mentale Communautaire 1998;17(2).

Burgess M, Bereza E, Campion B. et al., "Feeder Disciplines: the Education and Training of Health Care Consultants", in, F.E. Baylis (ed.), The Health Care Ethics Consultant, Humana Press, Totowa N.J., 1994, 63-108.

Bereza E, "Ethics and politics of dying", Canadian Family Physician 1994; 40:1075-1079.

Bereza E, "The private and public deaths of Sue Rodriguez", McGill Law Journal 1994;39:719-724.

Freedman B, Weijer C, Bereza E, "Nota Bene: case notes and charting of bioethical case consultations", HEC Forum 1993; 5(3):176-195.

Bereza E, "Storytelling through music: to touch the heart that the head may understand", Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Université du Québec à Montréal, May 1982, 78-89.