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
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"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
Experts 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
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
Cowritten with FG Miller, Palliative Care and Ethics, 2014
Cowritten with MJ Shah, "Palliative Care," Behavioral Sciences and Health Care, 2012
The Case for Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice, 2004
Physician Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2002
Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together, 2001
A Midwife through the Dying Process. Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life, 1996
Death and Dignity: Making Choices and Taking Charge, 1993
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.