Last updated on: 8/31/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Joanne Lynn, MD, MS, MA Biography

Title:
Director of The Washington Home Center for Palliative Care Studies, Washington, DC
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Ultimately, arguments for physician-assisted suicide can be effectively countered by data as well as principles. Not only are all extant proposals for legalization unworkable or hazardous to vulnerable persons, but the community would be better off keeping physician-assisted suicide illegal while learning how to provide reliable, good care to all with serious, eventually fatal illnesses.”

“Vulnerable People: Practical Rejoinders to Claims in Favor of Assisted Suicide,” The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, The Washington Home Center for Palliative Care Studies, Washington, DC
  • Director, The RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying
  • Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Former Medical Director, Hospice of Washington
  • Former Project Director, President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research
  • Former Codirector, SUPPORT (the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments)
  • Former President, Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Education:
  • MD, Boston University
  • MA, Philosophy and Social Policy, The George Washington University
  • MS, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth College
  • BS, Dickinson College
Other:
  • None found