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David Waisel, MD Biography

Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

Physician participation in capital punishment does have associated harms. But the question is whether the harms outweigh the benefits. Because the potential benefits are sufficiently clear and the potential harms are poorly explicated, we should permit physician participation in capital punishment.

“Physician Participation in Capital Punishment,” Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Jan. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
  • Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard School of Medicine
  • Member, Ethics Advisory Committee, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard School of Medicine
  • Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Harvard School of Medicine
  • Chairman, Fellow Selection Committee, Harvard School of Medicine
  • Degree in Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1989
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Participation in Executions Ethical for Medical Professionals?