Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"I have personally been in favor of the death penalty. I was a senior official in the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and in the administration, and in that role I defended the President's stance in support of capital punishment. I have no illusions that the death penalty deters anyone from murder. I also have great concern about the ability of our justice system to avoid putting someone innocent to death. However, I believe there are some human beings who do such evil as to deserve to die. I am not troubled that Timothy McVeigh was executed for the 168 people he had killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, or that John Wayne Gacy was for committing 33 murders."
"When Law and Ethics Collide — Why Physicians Participate in Executions," New England Journal of Medicine, Mar. 23, 2006
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Columnist, "Notes of a Surgeon," New England Journal of Medicine
Staff Writter, the New Yorker, 1998-present
Director, Global Patient Safety Challenge, World Health Organization
Senior Adviser, US Department of Health and Human Services, 1992-1995
Former Health-care Researcher for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN)
MPH (Master in Public Health), Harvard School of Public Health, 1999 MD, Harvard Medical School, 1995 MA, Political Science, Oxford University, 1989 BAS (Bachelor in Applied Science), Stanford University, 1987