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John D. Lantos, MD Biography

John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics at Children's Mercy Hospital
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“We are deeply troubled by a recent pair of papers on terminal sedation and ‘voluntary refusal of food and fluids’… These papers appear to convey the mistaken and perhaps dangerous impression of a genuine consensus among experts and official policy endorsement of these practices… Quill and Byock propose as standard practice the use of ‘terminal sedation’ intended to make patients unconscious and unable to eat so that they may die more quickly, and the use of ‘terminal sedation’ for patients who ‘voluntarily refuse’ to eat. We do not believe that there is anything approaching a consensus among palliative care physicians, bioethicists, or the membership of the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine that such practices are morally, legally, and clinically appropriate… None of us, the undersigned, feel that the practices the authors recommend represent a settled approach to palliative care.”

“Letters: Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering,” with Mark Siegler, Annals of Internal Medicine, Oct. 3, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, Center for Practical Bioethics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Sep. 2009-present
  • Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Section Chief, General Pediatrics, Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago
  • Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  • Member, Ethics Comittee, Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Research
  • Editorial Board Member, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • President, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2002-2003
  • Former Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
  • Former Member, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Named by both Chicago Magazine and Ladies Home Journal as an outstanding pediatrician