Last updated on: 6/10/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Lonny Shavelson, MD Biography

Title:
Head of the Bay Area End of Life Options Teams, author, and journalist
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We always listen to the patient. We never tell a patient: ‘This is what you have to do. You have no choice.’ Yet at the moment when their life is ending — when they say, ‘I don’t want to live in this bed for the next three weeks waiting to die’ — it’s an odd change in the consent procedure. Suddenly they become wrong and we become right. That does not make sense to me. Dying should not be completely separate from everything else we do in medicine.”

Jennifer Medina, “Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle with Assisted Suicide,” nytimes.com, June 9, 2016

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:
  • Head, Bay Area End of Life Options Teams
  • Author
  • Journalist and Photojournalist, New York Times, People, Family Circle, Mother Jones, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and others
  • Soundvision Fellow, Science Journalism for Radio, 2006
  • Health Journalism Fellow, USC Annenberg School of Communication, 2005
  • Former Instructor, documentary photography, California College of the Arts and Fotovision
  • Former Emergency Room Physician
  • Primary Care Physician, Clinic for Immigrants & Refugees
Education:
  • MD
Other:
  • None found