Professor in the Department of Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"One of our [Foley and Herbert Hendin] major goals is to draw attention to the vulnerability of the dying population and the evidence that legalizing assisted suicide increases that vulnerability. That evidence is drawn largely from the Dutch and Oregon experiences with physician-assisted suicide.
A driving force in this publication is our own clinical experience in caring for patients with serious life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and suicidal depression. Such patients, who are often elderly, are profoundly vulnerable in our current social and health care system, which devalues their quality of life and inadequately assesses and treats their pain, their psychological symptoms, their emotional distress, and the associated burden to their caregivers."
Preface from The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, 2004
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Department of Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Attending Neurologist, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Director, Project on Death in America, Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation
Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Chair
Past President of the American Pain Society
Past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Association of the Study of Pain
Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society
David Karnovsky Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Frank Netter Award of the American Academy of Neurology
Expert consultant to the World Health Organization Cancer and Palliative Care Unit
Past director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center