Day 1 :
Sorin Buga MD is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope, Duarte, California. He is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He completed his fellowship in palliative medicine at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He is the City of Hope’s representative on the NCCN Adult Cancer Pain Panel and an active member of the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care and International Association for the Study of Pain. He has published in the peer review literature and is often invited to speak at scientific meetings.
Physician assisted suicide is a controversial topic in medical and oncological field with very few countries decriminalizing this aspect of medical care.
End of Life option Act ( EOLOA ) came into effect in June 2016 making California the 5th American state to accept such end of life option but legislation requires the clinician to follow very strict rules when evaluating patients for EOLOA.
City of Hope, a cancer institution with NCI designation, after consulting with all staff physicians decided in 2017 to participate in EOLOA and several patients have requested the aid in dying drugs (AIDD).
This presentation will outline the general state and institutional requirements for EOLOA followed by a few case presentations.