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

Eric J. Cassell, MD Biography

Title:
Clinical Professor of Public Health at the Weil Medical College of Cornell University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“When terminally ill patients request assistance in dying because of their suffering, and their request meets commonly endorsed safeguards, their request should be honored.”

“When Suffering Patients Seek Death,” Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Professor of Public Health, Weil Medical College of Cornell University
  • Attending Physician, The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellow and Member, Board of Directors, The Hastings Center
  • Practicing Internist for over forty years
  • Lecturer, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Commissioner, National Bioethics Advisory Commission, Washington, DC, 1996-2001
  • Member, President’s Bioethics Advisory Commission, 1997-2001
  • Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumnus Achievement Award, New York University College of Medicine, 2000
  • Former U.S. Public Health Service Fellow
  • The Hammond Award, American Medical Writers Association, New York Chapter, 1988
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • Member, New York County Medical Society
  • Member, Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association
Education:
  • MD, New York University College of Medicine
  • MA, Columbia University, 1950
  • BA, Queens College, 1950
Other:
  • None found