Brendan Leier

Brendan Leier earned his PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta in 2002. He is currently the Clinical Ethicist at the University of Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospitals & Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and Clinical Assistant Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. Brendan is presently doing research in collaboration with Paul Byrne and Wendy Austin on the topics of pediatric best interest, moral distress, end-of-life decision-making, transplant ethics, ethics of medical technology, compassion in the practice of medicine, risk and decision-making.

Selected Publications

Austin, W., Brintnell, S., Goble, E., Kagan, L., Kreitzer, L., Larsen, D., & Leier, B. (2013). Lying down in the ever-falling snow: Canadian healthcare professionals’ experience of compassion fatigue. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 

Bailey, T.M. & Leier, B. (2010). The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to be Spared an Excruciating Death.The American Journal of Bioethics10(3), 67.

Austin, W., Goble, E., Leier, B., & Byrne, P. (2009). Compassion fatigue: The experience of nurses. Ethics and Social Welfare, 3(2), 195–214.