Melody Isinger, DHCE
Melody Isinger joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in September 2016 and is a member of the Quality Management and Mission Effectiveness Committee.
Ms. Isinger received her Doctor of Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to meeting academic requirements, she completed clinical internships and residencies at St. Francis Hospital and The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside Hospital, both of which included conducting ethics consultations and membership on these hospitals’ ethics committees. Additionally, she served as the ethicist-in-residence at a long-term care facility. Ms. Isinger received a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from Duquesne University, a master’s of Arts in philosophy and bachelor of Arts in history and political theory from the University of Saskatchewan.
Ms. Isinger served as the ethicist at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) from 2014 to 2015. She came to the CMA from the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton, where she was the clinical ethics resident from 2003 to 2004. As the clinical ethics resident, she attended medical and clinical rounds, conducted ethics consultations, was a member of the hospital’s ethics committee and served on the Policy-review subcommittee.
Ms. Isinger represented the CMA at the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada. She chaired the coalition’s Advocacy committee from 2006 to 2015, was a member of The Way Forward: An Integrated Palliative Approach to Care’s Advisory Committee and represented the coalition at the Advance Care Planning Canada’s Task Force from inception until 2015. She also represented the CMA on the Canadian General Standards Board’s Committee on National Standards for Research Ethics Boards Reviewing Clinical Trials. From 2005 to 2009, Melody represented the CMA as a member of the board of governors of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board.
Melody is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Task Group developing guidelines to prevent blood-borne pathogens transmission from infected health care workers. For six years she was a member of The Ottawa Hospital’s Committee on Ethics and was a community representative on the University of Ottawa’s Animal Care Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Ms. Isinger provides ethics services to Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, Almonte District Hospital and Kemptville Hospital. In 2011 she became a member of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre’s board of directors. Melody serves as a bioethicist on Bruyère’s Research Ethics Board.
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