Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"No matter how one feels about capital punishment, it is disquieting for physicians to act as agents of the state in the assisting, supervising or contributing to a legally authorized execution. Physicians are fundamentally healers dedicated to preserving life when there is hope of doing so. The knowledge and skill of physicians must only be used for care, compassion and healing. To have the state mandate that physician skills be turned against a human being undermines a basic ethical foundation of medicine – first, do no harm.
The American Medical Association is troubled by continuous refusal of states to acknowledge the ethical obligations of physicians that strictly prohibit involvement in capital punishment. The AMA's policy is clear and unambiguous – requiring physicians to participate in executions violates their oath to protect lives and introduces deep ambiguity into the very definition of medical care.
Oklahoma and other states that continue to authorize lethal injections must honor the well-established principle of medical ethics that prohibits physician participation in capital punishment."
"State Mandates for Physician Participation in Capital Punishment Violate Medical Ethics," ama-assn.org, May 2, 2014
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:
Chair, World Medical Association, June 2015-present
Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky College, Apr. 2000-present
Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2015
Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Kentucky Medical Association, 2015
President, American Medical Association, 2013-2014
Chair of the Board, American Medical Association, 2010-2012
Secretary, American Medical Association, 2008-2009
Board of Trustees Member, American Medical Association, 2005-2009
Epidemiologist, Saint Joseph Hospital (Lexington, Kentucky), Sep. 1975-Apr. 2000
Private Practitioner, Lexington Clinic, Aug. 1975-Apr. 2000
President, Kentucky Medical Association, 1993-1994
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Sep. 1975-July 1983
Former Medical Director, Bluegrass Care Clinic, University of Kentucky