Monica Branigan, MD MHSc (Bioethics)

Monica is a palliative care physician and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. After receiving her masters of health sciences (bioethics) from the U of T Joint Centre for Bioethics in 2002, she taught ethics and professionalism as a clinician educator with U of T’s Faculty of Medicine until 2008. She continues to teach on those topics as part of the CMA Joule faculty, where she is also a trainer for Crucial Conversations.

As the chair of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Working Group on Physician-Hastened Death, she presented widely at the national level, sharing the perspective of her palliative care colleagues. Monica contributed to the development of a CMA course on end-of-life care and medical assistance in dying.

Her most recent clinical role has been providing psycho-social-spiritual palliative support to palliative care patients and their families. She is currently exploring how to bring mindfulness and compassion skills to physicians through teaching Self-Compassion for Health Care Communities and offering wellness and resiliency retreats.