Anita Ho, PhD, MPH

Anita Ho, PhD, MPH, is a bioethicist and health services researcher with unique combined academic training and experience in philosophy, clinical/organizational ethics, public health, and business. She is also a classically trained pianist, with a master’s degree in piano performance. Anita is currently an Associate Professor at the UCSF Bioethics Program and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Regional Director of Ethics (Northern California) for Providence. Between 2014 and 2017, Anita was Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine.

An international scholar and author of more than 70 publications, Anita is an elected fellow of The Hastings Center. Her current research focuses on ethical dimensions of utilizing innovative and artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare, research and trial design ethics, supportive decision making, and end-of-life care decisions. She is particularly interested in systemic and social justice issues arising in healthcare.

Her broader research areas include trust and decision making in clinical and research medicine, family-centered care, healthcare resource allocation and disparity, organizational and system ethics in healthcare, cross-cultural and global health ethics, professional-patient relationship, ethics education for health professionals, disability and pain experiences, and various concepts of autonomy.

She is currently completing a book manuscript on AI health monitoring ethics, under contract with Oxford University Press. Extending her research on AI health monitoring to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Anita has been exploring as an Emerson Collective Fellow the ethical dimensions of digital public health monitoring in the context of the surveillance culture and ongoing social unrest, a topic that she first presented as a plenary speaker at the 2020 World Congress of Bioethics/Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.