Courtney Sas


Practice-based Researcher


Courtney Sas, MSW, RSW, MBE, is a clinical social worker who specializes in chronic kidney disease at St. Michael’s Hospital. In 2017, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Harvard Medical School. In addition to the Masters coursework, Courtney was an intern with the ethics support service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Courtney is a seminar leader and teaches ethics to undergraduate medical students at the University of Toronto and she is also an Adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

Her research interests include advance care planning, end of life care, and kidney transplantation. She is a local champion for the palliative care person-centred decision-making initiative through the Ontario Renal Network. In 2018 she was recognized as an Unsung Hero by the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Leadership committee and won the Social Work Clinical Excellence award.

Please note: Ms. Sas is not taking any summer students.


  • Sas, C. (2019). Why Social Workers Are Integral To End Of Life Care.
  • Sas, C. & Marron J. (2018). Deciding to Stop: Considerations for fully informed decision-making in end-stage renal disease. Harvard Medical School Bioethics Journal.
  • Sas, C. (2017). Advance Care Planning for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease. Health & social work, 43(1), 63-66.
  • Sas, C. (2019). The Psychosocial Evaluation Is an Essential Part of the Pretransplant Workup for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: A Social Worker’s Perspective. Health & social work, 44(3), 208-211.