Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Gary Lee, MD Biography

Title:
Medical Director of Hospice at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Hospice commits to the patient and the family that we will take care of them, to nonabandonment… But if euthanasia becomes a standard of practice, too many times there would be a real incentive to do it. There are some patients whose proper care requires time and effort, professional services that aren’t necessarily paid for by insurance companies. I might say, ‘There has to be an easier way.’ I could too easily find myself seeing euthanasia as the simple answer; one that is less time consuming and the least expensive. If accepted, euthanasia could very easily take the place of proper patient care.”

Interview with Wesley Smith, Forced Exit, 1997

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:
  • Medical Director of Hospice, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
  • Chairman, Bioethics Committee, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon
  • Board Certified in internal medicine and medical oncology
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?