Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Certainly, suffering at the end of life is sometimes unavoidable and unbearable, and helping people end their misery may be necessary. Given the opportunity, I would support laws to provide these kinds of [physician-assisted suicide] prescriptions to people. About half don't even use their prescription. They are reassured just to know they have this control if they need it. But we damage entire societies if we let providing this capability divert us from improving the lives of the ill. Assisted living is far harder than assisted death, but its possibilities are far greater, as well."
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:
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Executive Director, Ariadne Labs
Fellow, Hastings Center, 2009-present
Director, World Health Organization (WHO) program to improve surgical safety, 2007-present
MacArthur Fellow, 2006
Surgeon, general and endocrine surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2003-present
Staff writer, The New Yorker, 1998-present
Resident, general surgery, Harvard University, 1995-2003
Former Senior Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services
Healthcare Lieutenant, Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 1999
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1995
MA, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1989
Rhodes Scholar, 1987
BAS, Biology and Political Science, Stanford University, 1987