Sean Hillman is finishing his doctorate in Religion with a double collaboration in Bioethics and South Asian Studies. Sean recently began a career as a Clinical Bioethicist with the Centre for Clinical Ethics, currently at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, after completing a one year full-time fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics.
Sean uses Medical Anthropology and textual analysis to investigate end-of-life decision making in the context of religion intersecting with traditional healing and biomedicine, nursing, health systems and hospice palliative care among Indians and Tibetan refugees in India and Canada. An officiant, former Buddhist monk and caregiver since the mid-90s, Sean has spent 5 years in India including 6 months of dissertation field-work and recent conference presentations on Jain and Buddhist fasting and immobilization at the end-of-life.
Sean has also had the chance to live among people of Pacific Coastal and Northern First Nations, as well as to work closely with people who are imprisoned and people who are gender diverse. These experiences have inspired his future academic goals which include increased engagement with Aboriginal, prisoner and transgender communities to explore with them their experiences with and navigation of health systems with hopes to contribute towards the improvement of the health status and outcomes of our most vulnerable populations.
Read Sean’s reflection on his research and work here: https://buddhiststudies.utoronto.ca/2016/10/28/buddhism-clinical-organizational-bioethics/