Last updated on: 6/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Erich Loewy, MD Biography

Title:
Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Davis Medical Center
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We are a cost-oriented society and my fear is that people may be put to death for economic reasons or–more likely–coerced to ask for it. On the other hand there is the suffering individual who cannot be palliated. It is not an easy answer…”

Email to Euthanasia ProCon.org, January 4, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor and Endowed Alumni Association Chair (emeritus), Bioethics Program, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 1996-present
  • Parazelsusring (Austrian Achievement Award), May 2001
  • Professor (Humanities and Ethics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1993-1995
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, 1993-1995
  • Associate Professor, (Humanities/Ethics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1989-1993
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, 1987-1993
  • Assistant Professor, (Humanities/Ethics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1984-1989
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, 1984-1987
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellow
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, 1988
  • Chancellor’s Award, “Advisor of the Year,” University of Illinois, 1986
  • Graduation Speaker, Class of 1986
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • Elected by University of California students to AOA
  • Goldene Ehrenzeichen Stadt/Land Wien (highest Civilian Award)
Education:
  • MD, State University of New York, Syracuse, 1954
  • BA, New York University, 1950
Other:
  • Geriatric Prize of Austrian Geriatric Society for contribution to field
  • Section Editor (Bioethics), Theoretical Medicine
  • Section Editor (Bioethics), Cambridge Quarterly
  • Section Editor (Bioethics), MedGenMed
  • Section Editor (Bioethics), Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
  • Editorial Board, Health-Care Analysis
  • Editorial Board, Theoretical Medicine
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Ethics
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Voluntary Active Euthanasia?
  2. Should Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Extended to People Who Are Not Terminally Ill?
  3. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?