Last updated on: 7/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

William L. Toffler, MD Biography

Title:
National Director of the Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Since the Oregon assisted-suicide law has been hailed by some as a model for other states, the results bear closer scrutiny. While most reported information is tightly controlled by assisted-suicide promoters, the known facts are deeply troubling…

At the most fundamental level, the fatal flaw of assisted suicide is that it subverts the trust in the patient-physician relationship. Once a physician agrees to assist a patient with suicide, their relationship is altered…

Clearly, the disconnection from the patient under the guise of compassion is contradictory to the long tradition of medical practice: ‘First, do no harm.’

In short, this legislation has not granted, but has actually stripped vulnerable individuals of their worth and dignity. In fact, it has diminished the dignity of us all.”

Cowritten with Frank S. Rosenbloom, “Opposing View: Oregon Law Strips Dignity,” USA Today, July 20, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • National Director, Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF)
  • Director, Family Practice Patient Care Services, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), 1985-present
  • Professor, Family Medicine, OHSU
  • Director, Edcuation Section, Family Medicine, Center for Health & Healing
  • Recipient, Innovative Program Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 1995
Education:
  • MD, Medical College of Virginia, 1976
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Ensure a Good Death?