Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Thomas Cochrane, MD, MBA Biography

Title:
Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“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

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:
  • Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University, 2005-2006
  • Instructor in Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Member, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ethics Committee and consultation service
Education:
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2000
  • MBA, Tufts University
Other:
  • None found