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Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD Biography

Director of the Bioethics Institute at New York Medical College
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Both over-treatment and euthanasia are born of the attempt to control what we cannot control.

Both are conspiracies of mutual self-delusion with our patients. Superficially, the oncologist who will never stop treating and the internist-psychiatrist who dispenses prescriptions for assisted suicide appear very different. But they both suffer from the same spiritual malady.”

“Control in the Context of Illness: A Catholic Perspective,” Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Sep. 17, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Bioethics Institute, New York Medical College
  • Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics, St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York
  • Franciscan Friar
  • Member, New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, 2005-Present
  • Editor-in-Chief, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
  • Consultant on Bioethics, Holy See Mission to the United Nations, 2003-Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 2003-Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Palliative and Supportive Care, 2002-Present
  • Fellow, Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University, 2002-Present
  • Editorial Board Member, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 2000-Present
  • Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College, 1999-Present
  • Chair, John J. Conley Department of Ethics, St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1998-Present
  • Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1998-Present
  • McKeever Chair in Moral Theology, St. John’s University, 2003-2004
  • Director, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1996-1998
  • PhD, Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1995
  • Residency, Chief Residency and Fellowship, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • MD, Cornell University, 1982
  • AB, Cornell University, 1978
  • Fellow, Hastings Center for Ethics and the Life Sciences, 2004-Present
  • Member, European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, 2004-Present
  • McKeever Chair in Moral Theology, Visiting Professorship, St. John’s University, New York, 2003-2004
  • Pro Vita Award, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, 2003
  • John Conley Scholar Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery, 2001
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians, elected 2001
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, elected 1999
  • Member, American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 1999-Present
  • Third Place, Professional Books, Catholic Press Association Awards (for The Healer’s Calling), 1998
  • Project on Death in America Soros Faculty Scholar, 1996-1999
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence as a Clinician-Teacher, Society of General Internal Medicine, March, 1996
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 1996-Present
  • Washington, DC Academy of Medicine, elected 1995
  • American College of Physicians Teaching and Research Scholar, 1993-1996
  • Member, Catholic Commission on Cultural and Intellectual Affairs, 1992-Present