Are Physicians Morally Obligated to Prescribe Experimental Therapies?

Are Physicians Morally Obligated to Prescribe Experimental Therapies?

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Zubin Master
Zubin Master, PhD is an Associate Consultant II in the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at Mayo Clinic. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. He has also held appointments at the University of Alberta, University of Montreal, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Master also worked in public service as a Senior Policy Advisor at Health Canada in areas of assisted reproduction and scientific integrity. He holds an undergraduate degree in genetics from York University, a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Toronto, and completed post-doctoral fellowships in bioethics and health policy at Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. His research interests focus on the ethics and policy of research specializing in stem cell research, genetics, and research integrity. Dr. Master serves on several committees and journal editorial boards and has published over 70 articles. Dr. Master has not received any remuneration for writing for leapsmag.
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