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

Helene Starks, MPH, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I believe that physician-assisted suicide should be legalized because that allows for more scrutiny and application of the safeguards. The practice is happening regardless of the legal status; keeping it illegal has the potential to cause more harm than good as it restricts access to knowledgable social services and health care providers who may help patients and families explore other options to achieving a good death, leaving PAS [physician-assisted suicide] as truly an option of last resort.”

Email to Euthanasia ProCon.org, Jan. 5, 2007

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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:
  • Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Pre-doctoral Traineeship, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), National Research Service Award (NRSA)
  • Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Member, Gerontological Society of America
Education:
  • PhD, Health Services Research, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004
  • MPH, Policy & Administration, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • BA, International Communications, University of Washington, Seattle, 1982
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Why Do Patients Request Physician-Assisted Suicide?