Bay Area End of Life Options emails to close

Dear colleagues and patients,  Bay Area End of Life Options closed to new patients in August of 2020. Support for and information about aid in dying was transferred to the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying.  At the end of February, 2021, we will be closing the email system to Bay Area End of…

We are closed to new patients as of August 15, 2020

Bay Area End of Life Options stopped accepting new patients as of August 15, 2020. We are continuing all care for patients accepted into our practice before that date. If you are at this site seeking care for medical aid in dying, please use the Patient-to-Doctor Referral System of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical…

Coronavirus Update

Bay Area End of Life Options stopped accepting new patients as of August 15, 2020.  We continue to provide full services to all patients admitted to our practice before that date. Coronavirus avoidance recommendations for our in-home terminally-ill patients: Distance – all visitors need to give the patient a 6-foot radius. NO touching (so sorry)….

Bay Area End of Life Options

California’s End of Life Option Act entered into effect June 9, 2016. The law allows mentally capable, terminally ill patients to request “Aid-in-Dying” — a prescription for a medication that will end their life at their own chosen time. Lonny Shavelson, MD, founded Bay Area End Of Life Options in 2016 in response to the…

Lonny Shavelson, MD

Lonny Shavelson, M.D. founded Bay Area End of Life Options in 2016. He worked for 29 years as an emergency department physician, then 7 as a primary care physician in a clinic for immigrants and refugees, then 4 years specializing in medical aid in dying — before closing his practice in August of 2020.  Dr. Shavelson…

Physician Aid-in-Dying

What is Physician Aid-in-Dying? The California End of Life Option Act provides that a person who has six months or less to live and is mentally capable of making medical decisions, has the option to request from their doctor a prescription for a medication which they can take to end unbearable suffering and to die…

Our Consultations

Summary of Events and Fees:  For those who are interested, prior to closing our practice to new patients as of August, 2020, here is how the practice worked with patients considering medical aid in dying as one possible option for their death. We are no longer accepting new patients, but if you are seeking a…

Steps for Aid-in-Dying

California’s End-of-Life Option Act outlines specific requirements and procedures before an aid-in-dying prescription can be given to a patient, and before the patient can take the aid-in-dying medications: Attending Physician: The patient must select and be cared for by an end-of-life attending physician, who supervises the entire aid-in-dying process and reports the documentation and results to…