Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Larry Churchill, PhD Biography

Title:
Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The Terri Schiavo case will probably remain controversial, with some people feeling strongly that the wrong decision was made. We have argued that, to the contrary, this case is an example of good standards and processes in medicine, law, and ethics. It exemplifies the use of medical consensus to create standards to diagnose persistent vegetative state, it is characterized by careful proceedings and review in keeping with a long tradition of legal procedure, and it embodies respect for self-determination as a fundamental U.S. principle that honors both individaul preferences and a wide moral puralism.”

“The Terri Schiavo Case: Legal, Ethical, and Medical Perspectives,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 15, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Professor, Graduate Department of Religion; Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Member, Ethics Committee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Co-Director (with Matthew Ramsey), Faculty Seminar on “Medicine, Health and Society,” Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt, 2003-2004
  • Director, Center for Health Ethics and Policy, UNC, Chapel Hill, 2001-2002
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Institute for Care at the End of Life, Duke University, 2000-2001
  • Award for Outstanding Teaching, UNC-CH School of Medicine, 1999
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1992, 1994
  • Charles E. Culpeper Scholar, 1991-94
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Fellow, The Hastings Center
  • Member, The Hume Society
Education:
  • PhD, Religion and Culture, Duke University, 1973
  • MDiv, summa cum laude, Duke University, 1970
  • BA, Philosophy, Rhodes College, 1967
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?