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Robert Truog, MD Biography

Director of Clinical Ethics, Division of Medical Ethics and the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The right to refuse stems from a right to refuse any unwanted intervention, medical or otherwise, and is grounded in the fundamental rights to self-determination and bodily integrity that are deeply rooted in the American legal tradition, which prohibits any unwanted touching as battery… Oral feedings are not always ethically obligatory, and…in appropriate circumstances patients and surrogates may authorize the withdrawal of all forms of nutrition and hydration, whether administered orally or by tube.”

“Refusal of Hydration and Nutrition: Irrelevance of the ‘Artificial’ vs ‘Natural’ Distinction,” Archives of Internal Medicine, Dec. 2005)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Clinical Ethics, Division of Medical Ethics and the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology (Pediatrics), Harvard Medical School
  • Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Associate Director of the Office of Ethics, Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Chair of the Harvard Human Subjects Research Committee, Harvard University
  • Member, Harvard University Faculty Committee of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
  • Honorary Masters of Arts, Harvard University, 2000
  • Faculty Fellow, Ethics, Harvard Medical School, 1990-1991
  • The Christopher Grenvik Memorial Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for his contributions and leadership in the area of ethics
  • MD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Philosophy, Brown University
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