Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"I believe that physician-assisted suicide should be legalized because that allows for more scrutiny and application of the safeguards. The practice is happening regardless of the legal status; keeping it illegal has the potential to cause more harm than good as it restricts access to knowledgable social services and health care providers who may help patients and families explore other options to achieving a good death, leaving PAS [physician-assisted suicide] as truly an option of last resort."
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:
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Pre-doctoral Traineeship, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Member, Gerontological Society of America
PhD, Health Services Research, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004
MPH, Policy & Administration, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
BA, International Communications, University of Washington, Seattle, 1982