Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The right to refuse stems from a right to refuse any unwanted intervention, medical or otherwise, and is grounded in the fundamental rights to self-determination and bodily integrity that are deeply rooted in the American legal tradition, which prohibits any unwanted touching as battery... Oral feedings are not always ethically obligatory, and...in appropriate circumstances patients and surrogates may authorize the withdrawal of all forms of nutrition and hydration, whether administered orally or by tube."
"Refusal of Hydration and Nutrition: Irrelevance of the 'Artificial' vs 'Natural' Distinction," Archives of Internal Medicine, Dec. 2005
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:
Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University, 2005-2006
Instructor in Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Member, Brigham and Women's Hospital Ethics Committee and consultation service