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Hector C. Ramos, MD

Hector C. Ramos, MD

Hector C. Ramos, MD is a hepatobiliary surgeon, practicing in Los Angeles and associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. He is trained in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. His interests include bioethics, particularly the physician-patient relationship. E-mail him here.


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Should a physician use her knowledge and craft as a way to help a suffering patient end his life? Here are two sides of the argument.

In addition to the clinical duties of physicians are moral obligations. But does a physician always have a moral obligation to act in the best interest of patients?

Angry words from a young girl taught me never to act without compassion for my patients and to never judge them.

Physicians are now perceived as identical to businessmen … [and] as our authority has waned our responsibility has become greater.

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