Last updated on: 8/29/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Rogatz, MD, MPH Biography

Title:
Co-founder and Vice President of Compassion and Choices of New York
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Physician-assisted suicide isn’t about physicians becoming killers. It’s about patients whose suffering we can’t relieve and about not turning away from them when they ask for help. Will there be physicians who feel they can’t do this? Of course, and they shouldn’t be obliged to. But if other physicians consider it merciful to help such patients by merely writing a prescription, it is unreasonable to place them in jeopardy of criminal prosecution, loss of license, or other penalty for doing so.”

“The Positive Virtues of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Physician-Assisted Suicide is Among the Most Hotly Debated Bioethical Issues of Our Time,” The Humanist, Nov.r-Dec. 2001

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:
  • Co-founder and Vice President, Compassion and Choices of New York
  • Member, Ethics Committee, Family and Children’s Association, 2003-present; Chair, 2003-2006
  • Member, Ethics Committee, North Shore University Hospital, 2003-present
  • Member, Ethics Committee, Hospice Care Network, 1997-present
  • Member, Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Medical Society of the State of New York, 2000-present
  • Board of Directors and Secretary, Choice in Dying, 1994-1999
  • Vice President for Medical Affairs, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, 1984-1991
  • Chair, Committee on Medicine in Society, New York Academy of Medicine, 1982-1986
  • President, RMR Health and Hospital Management Consultants, Inc, 1976-1984
  • Editorial Board, Preventive Medicine, 1975-1982
  • Dean Conley Award, American College of Hospital Administrators, 1975
  • Professor, Community and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970-1991
  • Senior Vice President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Greater New York, 1971-1976
  • Professor, Preventative Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970-1984
  • Co-Director, Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center of SUNY, 1969-1971
Education:
  • MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1956
  • MD, Cornell University Medical College, 1949
  • BA, Columbia College, 1946
Other:
  • Director, University Hospital, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center of SUNY, 1968-1971
  • Associate Director, Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center of SUNY, 1968-1971
  • Lecturer, Public Health, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1958-1984
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?