Selected  Publications

Health Care for an Aging Population (editor). Albany: State University of New York Press (1994).

“Health Care Reform for an Aging Population” in Health Care for an Aging Population (1994).

“Family Consent to Orders Not to Resuscitate: Reconsidering Hospital Policy” (with C. Hiller) in Clinical Medical Ethics: Cases and Readings, D. Thomasma and P. Marshall (eds.), Lanham, MD: University Press of America (1994).  Originally appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 17 (262).

“Health Care Reform in the United States” in Reforming Health Care: The Philosophy of Health Policy, D. Seedhouse (ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons (1994).  Originally appeared in Health Care Analysis, 1 (1).

“Is Rationing of Health Care Ethically Defensible?” in Gesundsheitsoeconomica, an Austrian journal of health economics, 1995.   Reprinted in Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century, D. Thomasma and J. Monagle (eds.), Aspen, 1997.   Also to be reprinted in the 2nd Edition, E. Morrison, Jones and Bartlett, 2007.

Review of Gert, Culter, and Clouser, Bioethics: A Return to Fundamentals, in Annals of Internal Medicine, (1997).

“Consensus and Futility of Treatment” in Consensus Formation in Health Care Ethics, Hans-Martin Sass and Henk ten Have (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers (1998).

“Assisted Suicide Would Not Lead to Involuntary Killing.”  Assisted Suicide, L. K. Egendorf (ed.), Greenhaven Press (1998)

“Female Circumcision: a Cross-cultural Conundrum” (with D.O. Erwin) in Health Care Analysis, (1998).

“Justice and Rationing Decisions” in American Journal of Bioethics, 1(2) 2001.

“Troubling Implications of Doubling the Human Life Span” in Generations, Winter 2001.  Reprinted in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Lifespan Development, A. Guest (ed.), McGraw-Hill (2006).

“Communication through Advance Directives” in Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift. the Middle European Journal of Medicine 116(13) 2004.

“Parental Non-adherence to HIV Retroviral Therapy as Medical Neglect” (with T. Darville, G. Wheeler, K. Young,  others)  in Pediatrics, 114(e346-53) 2004.

“Extending the Life Span: Mythic Desires and Modern Dangers” in HEC Forum, 16(3) 2004.

“Conscientious Objection to an Opt-in System for Organ Allocation” in American J. of Bioethics, 4(4) 2004.

Review of A. Dyck, Life’s Worth: the Case against Assisted Suicide, in Medical Humanities Review, 17(2) 2004.

“Age and the Allocation of Organs for Transplantation” (with D. M. Hester) in  Health Care Analysis. 13(2) 2005.

“The Role of Altruism in Medical Research” (with D. M. Hester) in Am. Jour. of Bioethics, 6(5). 2006

“Ethics and Genetics in the 21st Century,” in Ethics in Nursing: New Questions in the Age of Genomic Health,  R. B. Monsen, (ed.), ANA Publishing, 2008.

“What Should a Hospital Ethics Committee Look and Act Like,” in Ethics by Committee, D. M. Hester, (ed.), Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.

“It’s Bigger than CPR and Futility: Withholding Medically Inappropriate Care,” in Am. Jour. of Bioethics, 10(1) 2010.

“Intent, Authority and Tradition at the End of Life,” in Am. Jour. of Bioethics, forthcoming 2010.

Selected Invited Presentations

“Physician Assisted Suicide” presented at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, March 1995.

“Is Rationing Health Care Ethically Defensible?” presented at International Congress on the Conscience of Medicine, Vienna, Austria, April 1995.

Interviews on Austrian Public Radio and Public Television, April 1995.

“Ethical Issues in Tuberculosis Control” presented at Stanford University School of Medicine, February 1996.

“Tuberculosis and the Public Health: Restricting Individual Freedom for the Public Good” presented at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, July 1996.

“The Goals of Medicine,” opening presentation at conference on The Goals of Medicine, organized by the Program on Bioethics of the University of California, Davis, and the Program in Health Care Ethics, Humanities and law of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, held at the Given Biomedical Institute in Aspen, Colorado, September 1996.

“Medical Ethics 1947-1997,” keynote address to Symposium on Ethics in Medicine, organized by the Center for Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan, May 1997.

“Characteristics of Effective Ethics Committees,” keynote presentation at planning retreat of University of California, Davis Medical Center Ethics Committee, July 1997.

“Genetic Fountains of Youth: Should We Drink?” presented to the Genetic Enhancement Group, McGill University, Montreal, June 1998.

“Prolonging the Human Lifespan,” presented at the Hastings Center, Garrison, New York, August 1999.

“End of Life at the Beginning of the New Millennium” and “The Problem of Medical Futility,” plenary lectures at the Fall Conference of the Florida Bioethics Network, Jacksonville, October 2000.

“Extending the Life Span: Its Effects on the Individual, the Family, and the Workplace,” presented at the U. of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 2001.

“Understanding Futility,” presented at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, 2001.

“Control over Aging in Myth and Legend” presented at McGill University, Montreal, April 2003

“Exemptions to Mandatory Vaccination: Balancing Autonomy and the Public Health” presented at the 6th Annual International Bioethics Retreat, Pavia, Italy, June 2003.