Last updated on: 5/14/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA Biography

Title:
Senior Clinical Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The [DC physician-assisted suicide] law is flawed and dangerous‚Ķ With this ill-advised public policy, the state has also created an ugly two-tier system, where the young, the able and the well get suicide prevention and people with treatable but deadly disabilities or chronic life-threatening illnesses get suicide ‘help.’ We physicians cannot, in good faith, do the same. If we did, we would undercut the very thing that sustains us in our profession — sustaining the life and health of our patients.”

“A Flawed and Dangerous Law,” washingtontimes.com, May 9, 2018

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Clinical Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University
  • Director, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University, Aug. 2012-present
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2012
  • Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Jan. 1996 – Dec. 2012
  • Founding Director, Oklahoma Bioethics Center, Jan. 1990 – Dec. 2012
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Jan. 1982 – Dec. 2003
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, 1988-1996
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, 1982-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, 1980-1982
  • Clinical Associate, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 1979-1980
  • Fellow, Developmental Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Neonatal and Pediatric Medicine Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 1979-1980
  • Fellow, Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Oklahoma, 1977-1979
Education:
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Baylor University, 1977
  • MA, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, University of Oklahoma, 1994
  • MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, 1974
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1970
Other:
  • None found