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About Me

Who Is Nipa Chauhan?

I am a bioethicist from Toronto, specializing in reproductive ethics, public policy, and public engagement.

 

Feel free to explore this page and get in touch!

 

Thank you for your time! 

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My Experience

MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CONCEIVABLE DREAMS

March 2022 - Present

Conceivable Dreams is a grassroots organization advocating for current and future families. We achieve this by building awareness and empowering choices to address infertility and reproductive health issues. Our sponsorship extends to the collection and analysis of data in support of continued provincial funding of infertility treatments.

BIOETHICS ASSOCIATE, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL

June 2016 - Present

Assist the senior bioethicist in case consults, policy review and development, literature review and analysis, teaching, and committee presence. 

Examples: 

  • sex-selection protocol review for ultrasound technicians 

  • medical assistance in dying case consults and capacity review

  • international review of abortion procedure protocol 

  • anonymous or directed embryo donation policy creation 

  • fair allocation of funded IVF cycles 

Supervisors: Dr. Kerry Bowman (2016-2019), Dr. Rebecca Greenberg (2019 - Present)

FERTILITY ETHICS CONSULTANT

November 2020 - Present

I help answer questions on novel ethical dilemmas based within a fertility clinics; guide and develop policy, stay informed of literature on reproductive tech with an intersectional lens involving race, sex, gender, and sexuality. 


If you would like ethics consultation or education for your clinic - send an email!

SESSIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Sept 2017 - Present

  • Assist in teaching third and fourth year undergraduate bioethics based courses in the Human Biology department (HMB306/406) and the Faculty of Medicine for the Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Master's program (LMP2003)

  • Be well-read and well-versed in topics such as artificial intelligence, gene editing, reproductive technologies, consent and capacity, culture etc.

  • Correspond with students regarding lecture and course material, grade midterm essays and final exams, and collect attendance

ADVISORY CHAIR, MISSINFORMED

September 2021 - Present

Professional review and commentary of content, copy and projects, for a funded organization that aims to answer common health questions for women in a scientifically-backed and accessible way.

POET SPREAD LEADER, 
WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM & MCMASTER DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE

Sept 2019 - November 2021

Implement the 'Prevention of Error-based Transfers' project by encouraging adherence to Ontario's Health Care Consent Act (1996) in Long-Term Care facilities across Southern Ontario through education, consultation, and ethics support. 


Supervisors: Dr. Paula Chidwick and Dr. Jill Oliver

Education

2021

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

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Values and Public Policy: Political Philosophy in Practice

  • Short course, completed 

  • Emphasis on publicly funded fertility treatments

  • Final Grade: 93%

2017 - 2019

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Master of Health Science in Bioethics​

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO,
DALLA LANA SCHOOL OF
PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Department of Joint Centre for Bioethics

  • Practicum: Mount Sinai Hospital, Bioethics Department 

  • Thesis Project: OBGYN perspectives regarding permanent contraception for childless single women under 30 

  • GPA: 4.0

2011 - 2016

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Honours Bachelor of Science

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO,
ST. GEORGE

  • Double majored in Human Biology: Health & Disease, and Bioethics

2008 - 2011

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Master of Health Science in Bioethics​

WESTMOUNT COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

With a concentration on sciences and philosophy. 
Awarded prizes in philosophy and leadership.

My Research

Birth Control Pills

PERMANENT CONTRACEPTION FOR SINGLE YOUNG WOMEN

Ongoing

An investigation on the causes of paternalism towards women under 30 requesting permanent contraception.

HOW SHOULD FUNDED IVF BE ALLOCATED? PATIENT INTERVIEWS

Completed

Patients’ perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study

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HOW SHOULD FUNDED IVF BE FUNDED? PATIENT SURVEY

Completed

On December 21, 2015, Ontario began funding one cycle of IVF for any Ontarian under age 43, with a program cap of 5000 cycles per year, which is below expected demand.

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Invited Talks

GATEKEEPER'S DILEMMA PANEL - CANADIAN FERTILITY AND ANDROLOGY SOCIETY

May 2022

Panel Discussion and Q&A: Fertility Management ‐ Who’s in Charge?

EMBRYOLOGY SUMMIT - CANADIAN FERTILITY AND ANDROLOGY SOCIETY

Toronto, Canada - March 26th, 2022

Abandoned Embryos and Gametes: Ethical Considerations

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - FACULTY OF MEDICINE (ACADEMIC HALF DAY)

March 1st, 2022

Ethics of Termination of Pregnancy and Ethics of Fetal Viability

JOINT CENTRE FOR BIOETHICS SEMINAR SERIES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

October 2021

Paediatric Decision-Making in the Pandemic’s 4th Wave: Reconsidering paternalism

ENDOCRINOLOGY & FERTILITY MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL – ACADEMIC HALF DAY

April 2021

Fertility Bioethics Cases for Endocrinology Fellows

MISSINFORMED – LAUNCH WEEK GALA

January 2021

Keynote Interview with Nipa Chauhan

NEONATAL ICU, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL – ACADEMIC HALF DAY

January 21, 2021

Medical Error for Neonatologist Fellows

LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE – BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS

November 4th, 2020

Best of Intentions: Navigating paternalism and ageism during COVID-19

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD - EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF CENTRES OF MEDICAL ETHICS CONFERENCE 2019

Oxford, England - September 12th, 2019

Beneficent Paternalism: A virtuous approach to the gatekeeper role held by obstetrician/gynaecologists for permanent contraception

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM - GLOBAL ETHICS CONFERENCE 2019

Birmingham, England - May 31st, 2019

Beneficent paternalism: OB-GYN perspectives regarding permanent contraception for childless, single women under 30

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2019

Banff, Alberta - May 23rd, 2019

Beneficent Paternalism: A Qualitative Investigation of OBGYN Perspectives on Non-Clinical Objections to Tubal Sterilizations

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - CENTRE FOR ETHICS GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2019

Toronto, Canada - May 3rd 2019

Beneficent Paternalism: A virtuous approach to the gatekeeper role held by obstetrician/gynaecologists for permanent contraception

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE 2019

Toronto, Canada - March 9th 2019

Café Bioethics Workshop: Biobanking and Gene-Editing Technology

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018

Halifax, Canada - May 2018

Resource Allocation of Publicly-Funded Fertility Treatments: A Grounded Theory Focus Group Study of Patients’ Perspectives

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Publications

BIOETHICS

2022

ones, C. A., Gotz, T., Chauhan, N.,
Goldstein, S., & Assal, A. (2022). Patients’ preferences for
distributing limited government‐funded IVF cycles. Bioethics,
1–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.13003

IMPACT ETHICS

2021

Petropanagos A., Gandhi P., Chauhan N. (2021, February). Global Survey on Ethics in Long Term Care during COVID-19. Impact Ethics Blog.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

2020

Jill Oliver, Paula Chidwick, Pamela Forsyth, Nipa Chauhan, Theresa Nitti, Henry Yu-Hin Siu,
Ethical Considerations During COVID-19: Informed Consent Cannot Be Made in Advance, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Volume 21, Issue 12, 2020, Pages 1815-1817, ISSN 1525-8610,

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS - BMJ

2020

Dunn, M., Gallagher, A., & Chauhan, N. (2020, May 5). What does good care look like in a pandemic? A Statement of Principles for Residential Care Settings. Journal of Medical Ethics Blog.

CMAJ OPEN

2019

Assal A, Chauhan N, Shin E-J, Bowman K, Jones C. Patients’ perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Apr 1;7(2):E385–90.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS

2018

Chauhan, N. (2018). Book Review: Lying down in the Ever-Falling Snow: Canadian Health Professionals Experience of Compassion Fatigue. Canadian Journal of Bioethics, 1(2), 80.

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Volunteer Work

Clinical Support Specialist

PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER CENTRE

  • Patient height and weight determination,

  • Patient hospitality, emotional support

  • On demand for various miscellaneous purposes within Princess Margaret Hospital.

Graduate Student at Large, Board of Directors

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY

  • Elected by fellow graduate and undergraduate students of the CBS

  • Representative of all bioethics-related graduate students acrossCanada

  • Involvement in CBS meetings, student liaison, event planning

  • Engage with fellow students to liven the bioethics community

  • Extensive conference planning and presentation, Halifax 2018 and Banff 2019

  • Advise and direct Canadian and American university representatives

  • Two-year term

President

UT-SWING

  • Organize weekly swing dance socials and beginner lessons for U of T students and members of the downtown Toronto area

  • Plan special theme events

  • Teach beginner swing dancing lessons

Vice-President and Co-founder

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BIOETHICS SOCIETY

  • Lead an initiative dedicated to the bioethics student body

  • Further bioethics engagement for students in interdisciplinary fields like medicine, law, social work, nursing, scientific research etc.

  • Maintain a cohesive, governing student-lead body that connects the Joint Centre for Bioethics: Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics, Collaborative Program in Bioethics, the Bioethics undergraduate specialty and major in the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Medicine, Café Bioethics, and the Canadian Bioethics Society


Medical Ethicist

SOCIETY OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS OF CANADA, MEDICO-LEGAL ETHICS COMMITTEE

  • To provide opinions/analysis/directions on medico-legal topics for the Society and its members

  • To act as a resource committee to the president, the Council and the membership of the SOGC

  • To oversee the development and content of post-graduate courses in medico-legal aspects of the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology

  • To provide Policy Statements, Committee Opinions and Clinical Practice Guidelines with regards to area of reproduction and infertility

President and Founder

CAFÉ BIOETHICS

  • Founded a successful initiative dedicated to public engagement and the advancement of knowledge regarding bioethics issues

  • Present and lead a democratic discussion regarding various ethical issues in medicine

  • Plan and organize monthly events at Hart House, U of T

  • Invite relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public

  • Post and share relevant media articles on the official Facebook page

  • Become the public engagement facet for students at the University of Toronto Bioethics Society

  • Past events include topics such as: Paid Surrogacy, MAID and Mental Illness, Sex-selection, Conscientious Objections and MAID

Recognitions

GORDON CRESSY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

2019

In appreciation of outstanding voluntary service while a student at the University of Toronto

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD

2018

For outstanding service and contribution to the patients and families at Mount Sinai Hospital.

MARTIN MCKNEALLY CAPSTONE PROJECT AWARD

2018

For Patients' perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study.

INNOVATION POSTER SHOWCASE

2018

For Patients' perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study. 

Let's Talk

Book a time to chat and learn more about how we can work together or to have me speak at your event or conference.