Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"We [Quill and Margaret Battin] firmly believe that physician-assisted death should be one- not the only one, but one- of the last-resort options available to a patient facing a hard death. We agree that these options should include high dose pain medication if needed, cessation of life-sustaining therapy, voluntary cessation of eating and drinking, and terminal sedation. We also believe, however, that physician-assisted dying, whether it is called physician-assisted death or physician aid in dying or physician-assisted suicide, should be among the options available to patients at the end of life."
Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, 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:
Fellowship, Medical Psychiatric Liaison Program, University of Rochester, 1980
Professor, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Director, Palliative Care Program, Strong Health
Board certified in Internal Medicine
Certified in Palliative Care by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Residency, University of Rochester Primary Care Program, 1979
MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1976