Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Some years ago, I believed that doctor-assisted suicide should be legalized and that terminally ill people in great pain deserved more control over the circumstances of their death... But after caring for many patients myself I now think that the risks of assisted suicide outweigh the benefits... Legalizing assisted suicide is coercive in and of itself. Society would no longer promote the value of each life, and instead sanction an expedient death rather than continued care and support."
"A Change of Heart," The New York Times, Apr. 24, 1998
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:
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Professor, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
National Institute on Aging Academic Career Leadership Award
Open Society Institute Faculty Scholar's Award, Project on Death in America
Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine
Residency and Fellowship Training, Oregon Health Sciences University