Diego S. Silva

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Email: dsilva@sfu.ca
  • Tel: 778-782-3464
  • Office: BLU 10506
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  • PhD – Public Health (University of Toronto)
  • MA – Philosophy (University of Toronto)
  • BA – Philosophy (University of Toronto)


Diego joined the FHS in September 2015 as Assistant Professor specializing in bioethics and public health ethics.  He completed his PhD, which focused on ethical and political issues in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto in 2013.  Prior to his appointment at SFU, Diego was a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where he worked with the Gates Foundation on various global health projects.  Most recently, he was part of a project that analyzed the ethics and governance issues related to translational research as a Research Fellow at the Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany.  Diego’s main research project currently focuses on ethical and political challenges related to new TB technologies, in addition to working with the World Health Organization on broader topics related to ethics and TB.

Research Interests

  • Ethical and political issues of infectious diseases, particularly TB
  • Ethical and political issues of mental health
  • Empirical bioethics
  • Research ethics
  • Systems thinking and ethics

Teaching Interests

  • Public health ethics
  • Global health ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Qualitative methods

Publications and Activities