Professor Emeritus

David McKnight

St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5B 1W8
Research Interests
education, ethics
Clinical Interests
education, ethics
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Dr. McKnight graduated from medicine from University of Toronto in 1975, then trained there in anesthesiology and has practised at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto since 1980. He is currently professor and vice-chair of education in the Department of Anesthesia. From 2007 to 2015, he was associate dean, equity & professionalism in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

He has had a long standing interest in ethics and completed the master’s degree in health sciences in bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics of U of T in 2006. He has chaired the ethics committees of both the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 


Recent Publications


  1. Hall Richard, McKnight David, Cox Robin, Coonan Tom; Guidelines on the ethics of clinical research in anesthesia, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 2011, 58: 1115–1124
  2. Meredith E. Young, PhD, Saleem Razack, MD, Mark D. Hanson, MD, Steve Slade, Lara Varpio, PhD, Kelly L. Dore, PhD, and David McKnight, MD: Calling for a Broader Conceptualization of Diversity: Surface and Deep Diversity in Four Canadian Medical Schools, Academic Medicine, 2012,  87 (11), 1501–1510



Vice-Chair, Education, Department of Anesthesia
Secretary, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society


Honours and Awards

Name: Squires Hyland Trust Teaching Award



Name: Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, Gold Medal


Name: CMA Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics

2013 - Canadian Medical Association

Name: The Charles Mickle Fellowship

2012 - Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Postgraduate Medical Education



Course Number: ethics seminar for U of T anesthesia residents
Course Name: 5 annually
Course Number: research ethics seminars for research fellows, Hospital for Sick Children
Course Name: 2 annually
Course Number: professionalism and boundaries
Course Name: transition to clerkship
Course Number: various presentations on professionalism each year
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