Schaeffer Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The principle of patient autonomy is critical and must be respected, but it is not absolute and must be balanced with other ethical duties and principles. Physician-assisted suicide asks physicians to breach both the general duties of 'first, do no harm' (nonmaleficence) and to act in the patient's best interests (beneficence), and also the specific prohibition on physician-assisted suicide that has been a tenet of medical ethics since Hippocrates. Proponents of physician-assisted suicide have not offered strong enough arguments to change that."
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:
Schaeffer Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Dean, Advanced Medical Practice, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Executive Medical Director, Penn Signature Services
Co-Chair and member, Academy of Master Clinicians, Penn Medicine
Author and Editor, Teaching Medicine book series, American College of Physicians
President, American College of Physicians, 2017-2018
Recipient, Master of ACP (MACP), American College of Physicians, 2009
Recipient, Laureate Award, Pennsylvania Chapter, American College of Physicians, 2003
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1990-present
Former Chief, Department of Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Founder, Primary Care Residency Program, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Former member, Board of Regents American College of Physicians
Former President, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
Editor, Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), American College of Physicians
Chief Medical Resident, University of Chicago, 1977-1978