Last updated on: 9/8/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here is no right to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. There is an ethical and legal right to be free of unwanted intervention, of unwanted presence within one’s own body… It does not, however, extend to an act which transgresses an individual’s body boundaries, even if it is desired, for the purposes of that individual’s destruction…

In a very real sense, the current physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia debate in the United States is a false debate. If society takes the call for legally endorsed physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia on face value alone, and if the medical profession as a whole or physicians in particular take patients’ calls for physician-assisted suicide and euthanaisa on face value alone, society, the profession, and physicians will have made a grave error. Without better understanding of the fears that drive these requests, policies will be enacted and acts taken that not only miss the point but risk abuse.”

“A Question of Balance,” Regulating How We Die: The Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted Suicide, Ed. Linda L. Emanuel, 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Professor of Health Industry Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Founder and Principal, Education for Physicians in End-of-life Care Project
  • Director, Health Section, Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Recipient, Edmund D. Pellegrino Award for lifetime achievement in medical ethics, 2006
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Organizational Ethics, 2002
  • Chair, Template Guidelines Committee, American Hospice Foundation, 2001
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics, 2001
  • Member, Special Emphasis Study Section on Pharmacogenetics, National Institute of Health, 2000
  • Member, Values and Access Project, Medical Task Force, Hastings Center, 1999
  • Chair, External Committee on Conflicts of Interest, Childrens’ Cancer Group, 1999
  • Founder and Former Head, Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association
  • Former Vice President, Ethics Standards, Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association
  • Former Assistant Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
  • Former Glessner Lee Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
Education:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, 1984
  • PhD, Physiology, University College, London, 1980
  • MB, University of Oxford
  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Living Wills a Good Idea?