Dr. Robert Orr received his MD, CM from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine and practiced in Vermont for 18 years. He was named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989. Since completing a fellowship in clinical ethics at the University of Chicago in 1990, he has held professorships at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (California), University of Vermont College of Medicine, Trinity International University (Illinois) and the Graduate College of Union University (New York). He continues to teach in two other graduate programs. He has lectured widely and has authored, co-authored or co-edited five books, 16 book chapters and more than 150 articles on ethics, ethics consultation and end-of-life care. His most recent book is Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor. He has been an active CMDA member for nearly 50 years and has served on the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Orr speaks on the following topics:
- Medical ethics and the faith factor
- Consultations in clinical ethics
- Specific topics in clinical ethics
- End-of-life care
- Limitation of treatment
- Conflict resolution
Travels from Vermont
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Just Add Water DVD: Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics | Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ever Justified?
Dr. Orr describes a four-quadrant method of reasoning, first introduced by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in "Clinical...
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"Decision-Making in Clinical Ethics" highlights the fact that modern healthcare involves many medical and ethical decisions for...
Clinical ethics is a relatively new discipline within medicine, generated not so much by the "Can we?"...
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CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THIS AUTHOR TO CMDA
The Point Blog | Weekly Devotionals | Today's Christian Doctor | Section Blogs
Opening the Conversation About Death
Excerpted from “How doctors want to die is different than most people,” CNN. August 11, 2015 — Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. It looks nothing like what people see on TV.
Articles | Letters
What are the arguments against legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?
This article from Dr. Robert Orr published in the summer 2011 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor focuses on the arguments against legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. It also includes a special tear-out section to help you in protecting life.
Ministry Through End-Of-Life Care
A generation or two ago, when medicine was primarily low-tech, a majority of patients died quickly of acute illness, usually in their own homes, cared for by families, neighbors, and church friends. But things have changed. Now, 90 percent of North Americans die slowly from debilitating disease (organ failure, malignancy, dementia, etc.).