Last updated on: 10/6/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph O'Neill, MS, MPH, MPhil, MD Biography

Title:
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to begin…

One need only to look briefly at the recent videotapes from Planned Parenthood to realize, regardless of one’s position on abortion, that a high level of coarseness about the value of human life can become endemic when the struggle with moral implications of terminating a potential life have ceased. The same callousness, over time, will now be ushered in at the end of life with the enactment of a law that allows this type of killing…

In a society that does such a poor job of protecting its vulnerable, it is naive to think that even the protections embedded in the California law will be sufficient to prevent coercion and misuse of assisted death. The idea that the elderly, the poor, the disabled, and the socially isolated will have their agency protected to freely choose not to suicide is fantasy – California dreaming on a grand scale…

If one believes for a second that the medical profession can be trusted to be effective watchdogs over all of this, I suggest revisiting the Planned Parenthood videos…

What is needed is assistance to the dying that protects their dignity and mitigates their fears in the form of more and better palliative and hospice care – not assisted dying in the form of active killing.”

“Welcome to the Hotel Euthanasia,” ricochet.com, Oct. 6, 2015

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:
  • Fellow, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, July 2014-present
  • Professor, Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore, May 2009-present
  • Director of Global Initiatives, University of Maryland at Baltimore, May 2009-present
  • Principal, The Forest’s Edge Advisory Group, 2009-present
  • Consultant to the Vice President for Economic Development, University of Illinois, Aug. 2007-May 2009
  • Chief Executive Officer, Orchestra Therapeutics, Oct. 2005-Aug. 2007
  • Special Advisor, Domestic Policy Council, White House, Apr. 2005-Sep. 2005
  • Acting US Global AIDS Coordinator and Deputy US Global AIDS Coordinator, US Department of State, Aug. 2003-Apr. 2005
  • Director, Office of National AIDS Policy, White House, July 2002-Aug. 2003
  • Member, Domestic Policy Council, White House, July 2002-Aug. 2003
  • Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services, June 2001-July 2002
  • Director, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, Nov. 1995-June 2001
  • Resident and Chief Resident, Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1985-1989
Education:
  • MPhil, Palliative Medicine, University of Capetown, South Africa, 2013
  • MD, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, 1985
  • MPH, Policy and Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 1983
  • MS, Health and Medical Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, 1983
  • BS, Science and Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 1975
Other:
  • None found