Professor of Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"If I think of the kind of a hypothetical where you have an inmate who is about to be executed and knows that this execution may involve excruciating suffering, that inmate requests the involvement of a physician, because he knows that the physician can prevent that suffering from occurring, and if there is a physician who is willing to do that, and we know from surveys that many are, I honestly can’t think of any principle of medical ethics that would say that that is an unethical thing for the physician to do."
"Perspective Roundtable: Physicians and Execution," New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 18, 2008
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School
Senior Associate, Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston
Director of Clinical Ethics, Division of Medical Ethics and the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chair, Harvard Human Subjects Research Committee, Harvard University
Member, Harvard University Faculty Committee, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
Recipient, Christopher Grenvik Memorial Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine