Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
“When my cousin Jay was born, the doctors said, in so many words, that his diagnosis and prognosis were certain: severe spina bifida, a very poor quality of life, and no hope of improvement. Jay did suffer. He suffered 26 surgeries and all of the indignities that follow from paralysis, incontinence, and bodily disfigurement. Moreover, like the rest of us, Jay never became fully self-sufficient.
Yet Jay bore his suffering with irrepressible hope and good humor that inspired and encouraged innumerable people who had the privilege of knowing him. When he died three days before his 14th birthday, 2000 people attended the funeral to celebrate Jay's uncommonly rich life. A passerby commented, 'Someone important must have died.'
With different parents, Jay could have qualified for the Groningen protocol. Doctors might have ‘performed a deliberate life-ending procedure’ in Jay after making claims no mortal can sustain — that his prognosis was ‘certain,’ and his suffering was ‘hopeless and unbearable.’ Those of us who knew Jay are glad there was no such opportunity.”
Letter to the Editor, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 2, 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:
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Department of Medicine
General Internal Medicine Practice, University of Chicago Medical Center, 2001-Present
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, 1998-2001
Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
Recipient, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Recipient, Terri Brenneman Award for "the graduating student who has most demonstrated a commitment to the underserved"
Recipient, Cecil G. Sheps Award in Social Medicine
Recipient, Norris Brookens Award, Outstanding Internal Medical Resident
BA, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Cowritten with Chinyere Nwodim, Jennifer L. Vance, Marshall H. Chin, and John D. Lantos, "To Die, to Sleep: US Physicians' Religious and Other Objections to Physician-Assisted Suicide, Terminal Sedation, and Withdrawal of Life Support," American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Apr./May 2008
Cowritten with Chin MH, Sellergren SA, Roach CJ, Lantos JD, "The Association of Physicians’ Religious Characteristics with their Attitudes and Self-Reported Behaviors Regarding Religion and Spirituality in the Clinical Encounter," Medical Care, May 2006
Cowritten with Roach CJ, Gorawara-Bhat R, Lantos JD, Chin MH, "How are Religion and Spirituality Related to Health? A Study of Physicians’ Perspectives," Southern Medical Journal, Aug. 2005
Cowritten with Hall DE, "Strangers or Friends? A Proposal for a New Spirituality-In-Medicine Ethic," Journal of General Internal Medicine, Apr. 2005
Cowritten with Roach CJ, Gorawara-Bhat R, Lantos JD, Chin MH, "When Patients Choose Faith Over Medicine: Physician Perspectives on Religiously Related Conflict in the Medical Encounter," Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 2005