Head of the Bay Area End of Life Options Teams, author, and journalist
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"We always listen to the patient. We never tell a patient: 'This is what you have to do. You have no choice.' Yet at the moment when their life is ending — when they say, 'I don't want to live in this bed for the next three weeks waiting to die' — it's an odd change in the consent procedure. Suddenly they become wrong and we become right. That does not make sense to me. Dying should not be completely separate from everything else we do in medicine."
Jennifer Medina, "Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle with Assisted Suicide," nytimes.com, June 9, 2016
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:
Head, Bay Area End of Life Options Teams
Journalist and Photojournalist, New York Times, People, Family Circle, Mother Jones, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and others
Soundvision Fellow, Science Journalism for Radio, 2006
Health Journalism Fellow, USC Annenberg School of Communication, 2005
Former Instructor, documentary photography, California College of the Arts and Fotovision
Former Emergency Room Physician
Primary Care Physician, Clinic for Immigrants & Refugees