Dr. Jeff Blackmer, MD, MHSC, FRCPC
Vice-President, Medical Professionalism
Dr. Jeff Blackmer completed his medical training at Western University and his residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. Following residency, he completed a Master’s degree in medical ethics at the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership Management from McGill University.
Dr. Blackmer currently serves as the Vice President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the CMA’s Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs and as the Director of Ethics for the World Medical Association in Geneva.
At the CMA, Dr. Blackmer has led the work of the association on end of life care and assisted dying. He regularly serves as a spokesperson on these and other issues and appears frequently in national and international media.
He contributes to global efforts in medical ethics and professionalism by serving as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as other international organizations. He chairs various international ethics working groups, and speaks at numerous national and international meetings and conferences throughout the year.
He has published and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on various issues in medical ethics, and has authored numerous national and global policies on medical ethics and professionalism. He has been an invited lecturer and visiting professor in medical ethics at institutions such as Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, the United States National Naval Medical Centre and the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to the fields of medical ethics and international medicine, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics 20th Anniversary Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015 and Western University’s Alumni of Distinction Professional Achievement in Medicine Award in 2016.
Dr. Blackmer also continues to practice spinal cord injury medicine at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. In this capacity, he is also actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on various topics in spinal cord injury medicine and serves as a clinical and leadership resource for several national and international clinical organizations.
- Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association
- Clinical Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa
- Medical Ethics Education Advisor, University of Ottawa
- Medical Staff, The Rehabilitation Centre
- Ethics Advisor and Consultant, World Medical Association/World Health Organization/International Committee of the Red Cross
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Medical ethics
- Spinal cord injury
BSc, University of New Brunswick
MD, University of Western Ontario
FRCPC, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Saskatchewan
Masters in Medical Ethics, University of Toronto
1) Peer Reviewed Publications
- Parsa-Parsi R, Blackmer J, Ehni H-J, Janbu T, Kloiber O, Wiesing U. Reconsidering the Declaration of Helsinki. The Lancet 2013; 382 (9900): 1246-1247.
- Holbrook A, Lexchin L, Willison D, Pullenayegum E, Troyan S, Campbell C, Marlow B, Weijer C, Blackmer J, Brazil K. What Do Canadians Think About Physician-Pharmaceutical Industry Interactions? Health Policy 2013 May 24.
- Blackmer J. Health Care Provider Obligations in Caring for Patients with Tuberculosis. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2011; 15, Suppl 2: S14-S18.
- Holbrook A, Lexchin L, Willison D, Pullenayegum E, Troyan S, Campbell C, Marlow B, Weijer C, Blackmer J, Brazil K. Public Opinions on Physician-Pharmaceutical Industry Interactions: A Canadian Survey. J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol 2011; 18 (2): e185.
- Blackmer J. The ethical obligations of researchers in protecting the rights of human research subjects. World Medical and Health Policy Journal 2010: 2 (3): Article 6.
- Blackmer J. Current global perspectives on medical professionalism. World Medical and Health Policy Journal 2009; 1 (1), Article 2.
- Blackmer J. Ethics and professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association. World Medical Journal 2008; 54 (3): 110-111.
- Blackmer J. Professionalism and the medical association. World Medical Journal 2007; 53 (3):58-74.
- Finestone H, Blackmer J. Refusal to Eat, Capacity and Ethics in Stroke Patients: A Case Series. Accepted for publication in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, publication pending.
- Blackmer J. Clarification of the CMA’s position concerning induced abortion. CMAJ 2007: 176: 1310.
Spinal Cord Injury
- Bloom LF, Lapierre N, Wilson K, Curran DA, Deforge D, Blackmer J. Concordance in goal setting between patients with multiple sclerosis and their rehabilitation team. American J of Phys Med and Rehabilitation 2006; 85: 807-813.
- Lapierre N, Coutu-Wakulczyk G, Blackmer J, Dehoux E. Autonomic Dysreflexia and Telehealth. Canadian Nurse 2006; 102: 20-25.
- Deforge D, Blackmer J, Garrity C, Tazdi F, Cronin V, Barrowman N, Fang M, Mamaladze V, Zhang L, Sampson M and Moher D. Male erectile dysfunction following spinal cord injury: A systematic review. Spinal Cord 2006; 44: 465-73.
- Deforge D, Blackmer J, Garrity C, Tazdi F, Cronin V, Barrowman N, Fang M, Mamaladze V, Zhang L, Sampson M and Moher D. Fertility following spinal cord injury: A systematic review. Spinal Cord 2005; 43: 693-703.
- Blackmer J, Jefromova L. The use of alternative therapies in the Saskatchewan stroke rehabilitation population. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2002; 2:1-6.
- Blackmer J, Vellet D, Zochodne D. Isolated radial nerve palsy associated with fracture of the triceps muscle. Can Assoc Radiol J 2001; 52: 322-324
- Blackmer J, Marshall SC. A comparison of traumatic brain injury in the Saskatchewan Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. Brain Injury 1999; 13: 627-635
2) Non-peer reviewed publications
- Blackmer J. The Canadian Medical Association's perspective on conflict of interest. Gravitas 2010; 43:12.
- Blackmer J. The right to drive. Can Med Assoc J 2010; 184: 409.
- Blackmer J. A feeding tube and a lawsuit. Can Med Assoc J 2009; 180: 1077.
- Blackmer J. CMA refines its international role. Can Med Assoc J 2008; 179: 857.
- Blackmer J. End of life decisions. Can Med Assoc J 2008; 174: 517.
- Blackmer J. Therapeutic abortion and patient referral. Can Med Assoc J 2007; 176: 1545.
- Blackmer J. Clinical priority setting. Can Med Assoc J 2007: 176: 1917.
- Blackmer J. Confidentiality and researchers. Can Med Assoc J 2007; 177: 109.
- Blackmer J. Physician assisted suicide. Can Med Assoc J 2006; 175: 1020.
- Blackmer J. Choosing patients. Can Med Assoc J 2006; 175: 545.
3) Published Abstracts
Spinal cord injury
- Cronin V, Davis C, Blackmer J, Perugini M. Adjusting to new circumstances: Coping with a spinal cord injury. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Paraplegia Society, Las Vegas, September 2006
- Deforge D, Blackmer J. Male Sexuality Following Spinal Cord Injury. A Systematic Review. Proceedings of the XVII World Congress of Sexology, Montreal, July 2005.
- Al Feeli A, Blackmer J. Referral patterns to a multiple sclerosis out patient clinics. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ottawa, June 2005.
4) Book Chapters
- Hsieh J, Wolfe D, Connolly S, Townson A, Curt A, Blackmer J, Sequeira K, Aubut J. Spasticity after spinal cord injury: An evidence-based review of current interventions. In: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. St. Louis, 2007.
- Hsieh J, Wolfe D, Connolly S, Townson A, Curt A, Blackmer J, Sequeira K, Aubut J. Spasticity following spinal cord injury. In: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence, eds. Eng J, Teasell et al. Vancouver 2006.
- Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to clinical medicine, disability advocacy, medical ethics and international medicine, October 2012.