Last updated on: 8/3/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Kiarash Aramesh, MD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor at the Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Islamic jurisprudence, based on a convincing interpretation of the holy Koran, does not recognize a person’s right to die voluntarily. The Islamic arguments against euthanasia can be summarized in two main reasons: 1 – Life is sacred and euthanasia and suicide are not included among the reasons allowed for killing in Islam. And 2 – Allah decides how long each of us will live and two verses support this reason…

As a conclusion we can say that the Islamic position is that life belongs to Allah. It is He who gives and takes away life. No human can give or take it. Muslims are against euthanasia. They believe that all human life is sacred because it is given by Allah, and that Allah chooses how long each person will live. Human beings should not interfere in this.”

Cowritten with Heydar Shadi, “Euthanasia: An Islamic Ethical Perspective,” Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Feb. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Member, Iranian Society of Ethics in Science and Technology, 2007-present
  • Secretary and Member, Specialized Research Ethics Committee, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2007-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Iranian Journal of Ethics in Science and Technology, 2007-present
  • Research Vice-President, Department of Medical Ethics, Medical School of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2006-present
  • Member, National Committee of Bioethics, Iranian National Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2006-present
  • Research Vice-President, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, 2005-present
  • Member, Iranian National Medical Council, 1997-present
  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences, 1995-present
  • Executive Secretary, First International Congress of Relation Between Science and Religion, 2006
  • Chief Resident, Community Medicine Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, 2003-2005
Education:
  • MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 1996
Other:
  • None found