An ardent early supporter and member of Compassion & Choices’ African American Leadership Council, Dr. Silva was instrumental in our campaign to pass D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act.
by Sonja Aliesch
May 20, 2020
Our movement lost a beloved ally last month with the death of Omega Silva, M.D. A retired Washington, D.C., physician who lived with three cancer diagnoses, she taught and practiced medicine for over 50 years in and around the District. She also served as the first female president of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association and was the former president of the American Medical Women’s Association, which through her leadership endorsed medical aid in dying back in 2007 — the first supportive policy from a national medical association. A highly respected and effective spokesperson for Compassion & Choices’ campaign to pass D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act and the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act, Dr. Silva was a supporter of medical aid in dying to the very end. In fact, she used this end-of-life care option to end her suffering.
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