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The mission of the Ethics Consultation Service is to provide support for clinicians involved in the practice of medical aid in dying. This support is primarily directed at addressing clinical ethics questions brought up by clinicians involved with patients considering medical aid in dying, as well as aid-in-dying issues that arise among hospice and palliative care agencies, healthcare organizations, grief and bereavement services, and requests from other ethics committees seeking aid from an ethics group with aid-in-dying expertise.
See below the consultations for a list of members of the Consultation Service.
Case #5: A patient pursues Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) to be able to meet eligibility for aid in dying
Case #2: Navigating Conflict Between Professional Nursing Commitments to Patients and Institutional “Leave the Room” Policies
Members of the Aid in Dying Ethics Consultation Service
Co-Chair: Jean Abbott, MD, MH. Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Humanities; Faculty, Palliative Care Masters Program; University of Colorado.
Co-Chair: Jeanne Kerwin, DMH, HEC-C. Consultant in Bioethics and Palliative Care. Co-chaired hospital ethics committee for 20 years. Former Member, New Jersey State Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. Lords Valley, Pennsylvania.
Constance Holden, RN, MSN. Boulder, Colorado. Chair, Ethics Consultation Team, Boulder Community Health.
Margaret Pabst Battin, PhD, MFA. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Utah.
Lynette Cederquist, MD. Clinical Professor, Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee; Leader, Aid-in-Dying Coordination Program; Specialist in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care; University of California, San Diego.
Charles Miller, MD. Medical oncologist, Internist and geriatrician. Member, Board of Directors, Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology. Director of Kaiser Hawaii Aid-in-Dying Program.
Deborah North, MD, Internal medicine, hospice and palliative care. Former Head of the Hospital Ethics Committee; Attending and Consulting Aid-in-Dying Physician. Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C. Law Professor and Bioethicist, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Katalin Eve Roth, MD. Member, George Washington University Hospital Ethics Committee. Teaches bioethics to residents and medical students. Provider of Medical Aid in Dying. Washington, DC.
Yvette Vieira, MMH, HEC-C. Manager, Palliative Care and Bioethics, Atlantic Health System, New Jersey. Helped establish hospital and hospice medical-aid-in-dying system for New Jersey. Member, Medical Society of New Jersey Ethics Committee.
Cindy Bruzzese, MPA, MSB, HEC-C Executive Director & Clinical Ethicist – Vermont Ethics Network, Clinical Ethicist – University of Vermont Medical Center