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Thomas A. Preston, MD Biography

Former Chief of Cardiology at Pacific Medical Center and Former Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“What patients want is assurance that if they take a medical risk they won’t be stuck if the treatment fails and creates extended dying. And to gain this assurance they need and ought to be able to have some sort of agreement or contract that allows them to terminate the dying process with their physician’s help… [P]atients… will need and deserve a socially and legally acceptable means of terminating their dying processes if need be. We will need an honest and open use of physician aid-in-dying.”

“The Future of Dying: Should Physicians–Who Now Have the Power to Extend Our Lives Beyond Their ‘Natural’ Ends–Also Be Allowed to Help Us Die?,” Swarthmore College Bulletin, June 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Chief of Cardiology, Pacific Medical Center
  • Former Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
  • Recipient, Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2009,
  • Teacher Superior in Perpetuity, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2009
  • Medical Advisor, Compassion and Choices of Washington
  • Plantiff, Washington v. Glucksberg [Compassion in Dying v. Washington], 1994-1996
  • Medical Resident, University of Michigan Health System, 1963-1966
  • Medical Intern, University of Michigan Health System, 1962-1963
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1962
  • BSEE, Swarthmore College, 1955
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