Last updated on: 7/23/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Timothy E. Quill, MD Biography

Title:
Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care and Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Medicine
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We [Quill and Margaret Battin] firmly believe that physician-assisted death should be one- not the only one, but one- of the last-resort options available to a patient facing a hard death. We agree that these options should include high dose pain medication if needed, cessation of life-sustaining therapy, voluntary cessation of eating and drinking, and terminal sedation. We also believe, however, that physician-assisted dying, whether it is called physician-assisted death or physician aid in dying or physician-assisted suicide, should be among the options available to patients at the end of life.”

Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, 2004

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:
  • Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Acting Director, Paul M. Schyve, MD, Center for Bioethics, Department of the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Professor, Behavioral and Psychosocial Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of School of Nursing Central Administration, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Board Member, Death with Dignity National Center
  • Director, Palliative Care Program, Strong Health
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine
  • Certified in Palliative Care by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Former Founding Director, Palliative Care Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Education:
  • Fellowship, Advanced Biopsychosocial Studies, University of Rochester Medical Center, 1981
  • Residency, Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of Rochester Primary Care Program, 1980
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, 1979
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1976
    BA, Psychology, Amherst College, 1971
Other:
  • In 1991, Dr. Quill wrote an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine describing how he prescribed barbiturates to a 45-year-old leukemia patient so she could end her life. No charges were brought against Quill.
  • Dr. Quill was the lead plaintiff in Vacco v. Quill, the 1997 US Supreme Court case, in which he, other doctors, and patients challenged the constitutionality of New York’s ban on physician-assisted suicide.
Quoted in:
  1. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?
  2. Is a Physician ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?
  3. In the Absence of an Advance Directive, Who Makes Decisions for Incapacitated Patients?
  4. What Is Physician-Assisted Suicide?
  5. How Common Is It for Physicians to Participate in Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, despite the Legal Prohibition against Them?
  6. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?