Last updated on: 8/29/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Diane Meier, MD Biography

Title:
Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
Education:
  • Residency and Fellowship Training, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • MD, Northwestern University Medical School
  • BA, Oberlin College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Common Is It for Physicians to Participate in Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, despite the Legal Prohibition against Them?
  2. Should the Government Have Been Involved in Terri Schiavo's End-of-Life Decisions?
  3. How Common Is It for Physicians to Participate in Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, despite the Legal Prohibition against Them?