Co-founder and Vice President of Compassion and Choices of New York
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Physician-assisted suicide isn't about physicians becoming killers. It's about patients whose suffering we can't relieve and about not turning away from them when they ask for help. Will there be physicians who feel they can't do this? Of course, and they shouldn't be obliged to. But if other physicians consider it merciful to help such patients by merely writing a prescription, it is unreasonable to place them in jeopardy of criminal prosecution, loss of license, or other penalty for doing so."
"The Positive Virtues of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Physician-Assisted Suicide is Among the Most Hotly Debated Bioethical Issues of Our Time," The Humanist, Nov.r-Dec. 2001
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:
Co-founder and Vice President, Compassion and Choices of New York
Member, Ethics Committee, Family and Children's Association, 2003-present; Chair, 2003-2006
Member, Ethics Committee, North Shore University Hospital, 2003-present
Member, Ethics Committee, Hospice Care Network, 1997-present
Member, Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Medical Society of the State of New York, 2000-present
Board of Directors and Secretary, Choice in Dying, 1994-1999
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, 1984-1991
Chair, Committee on Medicine in Society, New York Academy of Medicine, 1982-1986
President, RMR Health and Hospital Management Consultants, Inc, 1976-1984
Editorial Board, Preventive Medicine, 1975-1982
Dean Conley Award, American College of Hospital Administrators, 1975
Professor, Community and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970-1991
Senior Vice President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Greater New York, 1971-1976
Professor, Preventative Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970-1984
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, Stony Brook Health Sciences Center of SUNY, 1969-1971
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1956