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A Dialogue About New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act

October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join us for a dialogue sponsored by The New York Academy of Medicines Sections on Nursing and Healthy Aging, and End of Life Choices New York.  Click Here to register 

The Medical Aid in Dying Act, A. 2694, S. 3947, with almost 60 sponsors, is now being seriously considered in the New York State Legislature. Despite the significant clinical implications of this legislation, many healthcare professionals are unaware of what medical aid in dying entails and the legal, ethical, clinical and practical arguments for and against the proposed law. Knowledgeable workshop panelists will present useful information from their professional perspectives on medical aid in dying and this legislation.

Event attendees will learn:

  1. What medical aid in dying is and what it is not.
  2. How medical aid in dying has worked in jurisdictions that authorize this end of life option, in nine states and Washington, DC.
  3. What the key provisions are in New York’s proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act, including requirements, safeguards and protections.
  4. The primary arguments for and against medical aid in dying in New York State.


“An Overview and History of Medical Aid in Dying”
David C. Leven, JD
Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant
End of Life Choices New York

“The Medical Aid in Dying Act”
Assembly Member Karines Reyes
Assembly Member, 87th District

“Why Medical Aid in Dying Should be an End of Life Option”
David Muller, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Professor and System Chair, Medical Education, Professor of Medicine
The Mount Sinai Hospital

“Why Medical Aid in Dying Should Not be an End of Life Option”
Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR
Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Medical Ethics
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Associate Director of Clinical Ethics
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irvine Medical Center

“Medical Aid in Dying: A Nursing Perspective”
Mary Ellen Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, BC-FNP, ACHPN
Assistant Professor of Nursing in Anesthesiology
Columbia University School of Nursing

Moderator: Ayana Woods, MPH
Executive Director
End of Life Choices New York

Closing Remarks
Allison P. Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nusing


October 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


New York Academy of Medicine