- Former Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine
- Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
“If the prevention and relief of suffering are the aims of medical interventions–and not only the preservation or prolongation of life–it seems imperative to rethink our profession’s reluctance to participate in euthanasia or even be present during an assisted suicide without legal guarantees of protection.”
“Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Practice,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 24, 2000
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
- Former Clinical Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine
- Member, Bioethics Committee, Yale New Haven Hospital, 1986-2000
- Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, 1995
- Finalist, Book Critics Circle Award, 1995
- National Book Award for How We Die, 1994
- Chairman of the Board of Managers, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
- Columnist, The American Scholar
- Member, Editorial Board, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
- Contributing Editor, The American Scholar
- Contributing Editor, The New Republic
- MD, Yale School of Medicine, 1955
- Died at age 83 on Mar. 2, 2014 from prostate cancer.