Last updated on: 8/14/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert M. Walker, MD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of South Florida College of Medicine
Position:
None Found to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The current legal system allows the possibility of a legal slippery slope in moving from PAS [physician-assisted suicide] to voluntary euthanasia to nonvoluntary euthanasia. As with all valid slippery slope arguments, the conclusion is one of probability. There is no guarantee that our case law will move in this direction; this paper only points out its potential to do so…

At a minimum, this scenario of case law extension of PAS to incapacitated patients should at least give pause to true advocates of patient choice. It should prompt them to reconsider the wisdom of continued efforts to legalize PAS, since doing so expands the potential for future legal decisions that will end life based not on patient choice but on the choice of others.”

“Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Legal Slippery Slope,” Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Jan.-Feb. 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:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Director, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, Tampa General Hospital
  • Member, Staffing Ethics Consultation Service, Tampa General Hospital
  • Director, Clinical Team, Hospice of Hillsborough
  • Two-year Fellowship, Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago
Education:
  • Internal Medicine training, Ochsner Foundation
  • MD, Medical School, Louisiana State University, 1989
  • BS, Louisiana State University, 1984
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide or Voluntary Euthanasia Create a Slippery Slope to Non-Voluntary or Involuntary Euthanasia?