About Us

Bill of Health was launched in September 2012 by the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School to provide a one-stop shop for readers interested in news, commentary, and scholarship in the fields of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics. Since then, we’ve had 90 contributors from 49 different institutions across the globe contribute to build this platform. Over 350,000 unique users have visited the Bill of Healthwhich generates over 17,000 pageviews per month.

We post contributions from regular blog members (some of whom cross-post elsewhere), as well as guest bloggers.  If you are interested in the possibility of a guest blogging stint, which generally entails contributing 5-8 posts over the course of a one month period, please get in touch with Holly Fernandez Lynch.

About the Editors 


I. Glenn Cohen
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center


Holly Fernandez Lynch
Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center


A number of our bloggers cross-post their material on other sites, as denoted in their individual posts.

We also formally collaborate with HealthLawProfs Blog, which cross-posts its material here; the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, which graciously permits us to post material from its weekly email round-up of news and commentary from the world of bioethics; and the Genomics Law Report, which cross-posts items related to genetics and health care law.

In addition, we have allied with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and its journal – Genetics in Medicine – to bring their medico-legal content to the broader community.  We will highlight relevant articles and podcasts as they are published, in some cases alongside blog-only commentary from their authors.

Finally, Public Health Law Research, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research program at Temple headed up by Scott Burris, provides us with a public health perspective, particularly with regard to empirical research on public health laws.  Follow them on:

About the Contributors

Ryan Abbott is a regular contributor. He is Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School.

Jennifer Bard is a regular contributor. She is the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and Director, Health Law Program, 2003 and an Associate Professor (adjunct), Department of Psychiatry, TTU School of Medicine.

Nikola Biller-Andorno is an occasional contributor. She directs the Institute of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Currently she is a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Zack Buck is a regular contributor. He is an assistant professor at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he teaches torts and various health law courses. 

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Bob Bohrer is a regular contributor. He is is a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law.


Cansu Canca is a regular contributor.  Currently, she is the project coordinator for Low and Middle Income Countries at the Fogarty International Research Ethics Initiative in Turkey and Central Asia.

Art Caplan (find him on Twitter @ArthurCaplan) is the Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Art cross-posts from MSNBC.com, WebMD/Medscape, and other media outlets, and will  be occasionally providing original content here.

Dan Carpenter is an occasional contributor.  He is the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Director of the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) at Harvard University.

Amitabh Chandra is an occasional contributor.  He is an economist, a Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research, Director of PhD Admissions, and Area Chair for Social and Urban Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Greg Curfman is a regular contributor. He is the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Judy Daar is an occasional contributor. She is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Whittier Law School.

Jonathan Darrow is an occasional contributor. He is currently a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Program on Regulation Therapeutics And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and teaches law at Bentley University.

Pablo de Lora is an occasional contributor.  He teaches Legal Philosophy at the Law School of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Bioethics at the Stanford University Program in Madrid.

Einer Elhauge is an occasional contributor. He is the Petrie Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and founding director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.  Follow him on Twitter @elhauge.

Richard Epstein will be cross-posting some of his material from other venues here, and occasionally contributing original content.  He is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law.

Nir Eyal is an occasional contributor.  He is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (Medical Ethics) at the Harvard Medical School. His primary appointment is at Harvard University’s campus-wide Program in Ethics and Health.

Robert I. Field is a regular contributor. Robert holds a joint appointment as professor of law at the School of Law and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University.  He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.


Dov Fox is a regular contributor.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School. He was previously an Academic Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, a Lecturer in Politics and Philosophy while a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Leslie Francis is a regular contributor. She holds joint appointments at the University of Utah as Alfred C. Emery distinguished professor of law and distinguished professor of philosophy, and adjunct appointments in Family and Preventive Medicine (in the Division of Public Health), Internal Medicine (in the Division of Medical Ethics), and Political Science. Since 2012, she has also served the College of Law as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. She is a contributing editor at the HealthLawProfs blog.

Abbe R. Gluck is a regular contributor. She is a professor at Yale Law School, where she teaches and researches on Congress and the political process, legislation, federalism, state and local government, civil procedure, and health law.


Daniel Goldberg is an occasional contributor.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies, The Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University.  He is an attorney, historian, and public health ethicist.  Follow him on Twitter @prof_goldberg.

Michele Goodwin is a regular contributor.  She is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota, and holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Kate Greenwood is a regular contributor. She is a Research Fellow & Lecturer in Law at the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Adrian Gropper, MD, is a regular contributor. He is CTO of Patient Privacy Rights, a national organization representing 10.3 million patients. He has also participated in the creation of Blue Button, Direct Project, and Blue Button Plus, and is active in promoting open and patient-centered data policy.

Rebecca Haffajee is an occasional contributor.  She is currently a Fellow in Pharmaceutical Policy Research in the Department of Population Medicine of Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Martín Hevia is an occasional contributor. He is the Executive Dean and Director of the Law Programme (J.D. Equivalent) at the School of Law of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where he is an Associate Professor of Law.


Allison Hoffman is an occasional contributor. She is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow.

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Aaron S. Kesselheim is an occasional contributor. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Within the Division, Aaron leads the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL).


Russell Korobkin is an occasional contributor.  He is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.

Greg Koski is a regular contributor.  He was the first Director of the Office for Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services, and is currently Anesthetist, Cardiac Anesthesia Group, Mass General Hospital (MGH); Director of Clinical Research, Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesia, MGH; Senior Scientist, MGH/Partners Institute for Health Policy; and Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School.

Katie Kraschel is a regular contributor.  She joins Foley & Lardner LLP as an associate in its Health Care Industry team in Fall 2012, and she is a 2012-2013 Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics Fellow.  

Joan H. Krause is an occasional contributor. She is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Stephen Latham is an occasional contributor, and cross-posts from his Blog on Bioethics. He is Director of Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.  Follow him on Twitter @StephenLatham.

Matthew J. B. Lawrence is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Joel Lexchin is an occasional contributor. He is Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Ted Marmor will be providing the blog with quarterly round-ups on the debate around health care reform. He is Professor Emeritus of Yale University.

Max Mehlman is an occasional contributor.  He is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center, Case School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case School of Medicine.

Michelle N. Meyer is a Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School, currently on the law prof teaching market.  Michelle is doing some guest blogging  at The Faculty Lounge, and will be cross-posting here.  She’s also pretty active on Twitter – follow her @MichelleNMeyer.

Timo Minssen is Associate Professor of IP & Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Centre for Information & Innovation Law (CIIR), Denmark. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center in Spring 2014.


Abby Moncrieff is currently a guest blogger with Bill of Health, and will return as an occasional contributor in 2014. She is Peter Paul Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Penn for Fall 2012.

David Orentlicher is a regular contributor to Bill of Health, and serves as the Samuel R. Rosen Professor and co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


Kevin Outterson will be cross-posting to Bill of Health from The Incidental Economist. He teaches health law and corporate law at Boston University, where he co-directs the Health Law Program. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.  Follow him on Twitter @Koutterson.

Efthimi Parasidis is a regular contributor. He is Assistant Professor of Law in the Moritz College of Law and the College of Public Health at Ohio State University

Wendy Parmet is a regular contributor.  She is George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Frank Pasquale is the Schering-Plough Professor in Health Care Regulation and Enforcement at Seton Hall University, and a frequent blogger at Concurring Opinions and HealthLawProf Blog, where he will be cross-posting.  He is also active on Twitter @FrankPasquale.

Robin Pierce is an occasional contributor. Robin is a Senior Law Associate with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


Nicholson Price is a regular contributor. In fall 2014, he will be an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire. He was an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School from 2012 to 2014.

Amanda C. Pustilnik is a regular contributor. She is a Senior Fellow in Law and Neuroscience for the joint project on Law and Applied Neuroscience between Petrie-Flom Center and the MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior.


Katherine Record is a regular contributor. She is the Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI).

Suzanne Rivera is a regular contributor.  She is the Associate Vice President for Research at Case Western Reserve University, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics.

Christopher Robertson is a regular contributor.  He is an associate professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona and a research associate with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School.

John A. Robertson is an occasional contributor. He holds the Vinson and Elkins Chair at The University of Texas School of Law at Austin, and has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Susannah Rose is a regular contributor.  She is a member of the Professional Staff in the Department of Bioethics at Cleveland Clinic, and an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Ted Ruger is a regular contributor to the blog, beginning later this fall.  He is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Rachel Sachs is a regular contributor. She is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.


William M. Sage is an occasional contributor.  He teaches law at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves the university as vice provost for health affairs.

Ameet Sarpatwari is an occasional contributor. He is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and the Law  (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Nadia Sawicki is a regular contributor (who began with us as a guest blogger in Fall 2012).   She is Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago.

Ross D. Silverman is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Public Health Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


Jeff Skopek is a regular contributor. He is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Laura Stark is a regular contributor. She is assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society.

Erin Talati is a regular contributor.  She is currently a Chief Fellow in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Research Fellow in the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Center.

Nicolas Terry is one of the permanent bloggers at the HealthLawProf blog, where he will be cross-posting.  He is the Hall Render Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Katharine Van Tassel is the Editor of the Health Law Prof Blog, as well as a Contributing Editor of the blog Bio Law: Law and the Life Sciences, and will be cross-posting material here.  She is a Professor of Law at the University of Akron.

Jonathan F. Will is a regular contributor. He is an Associate Professor of Law and founding director of the Bioethics & Health Law center at Mississippi College School of Law.

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Diana R.H. Winters is an occasional contributor. She is an associate professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.


Student Bloggers

Petrie-Flom Center student fellows will be posting regularly here on Bill of Health.  Our current student bloggers are:

Christine Baugh


Matthew Baum 

Kelsey Berry


Deborah Cho

Jeremy Kreisberg

Emily Largent


Ching-Fu Lin

Zachary E. Shapiro


Vadim Shteyler


Lauren A. Taylor


Michael J. Young

Guest Bloggers

Guest Bloggers join us for a few weeks or months to post on a specific topic, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to have them join us as regular contributors (as did Nadia SawickiChristopher Robertson, and Ryan Abbott). Current guest bloggers include Cristiane Avancini AlvesGaia Bernstein, Adam Kolber, William MacAskillAnup Malani, Kuei-Jung NiAnnette RidJoanna SaxElizabeth Sepper, Seema Shah, and Alex Stein.

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Past Bloggers

We keep all of our former contributors’ and guests’ posts on the blog. Past bloggers include:

Adriana Benedict

Katie Booth

Cassie Chambers

Nathaniel Counts

Elizabeth Guo

Aditya Gupta

Patrick O’Leary

Hyeongsu Park

Alvin Roth

Jonathan (Yoni) Schenker

Casey Thomson

Julian Urrutia

Dan Vorhaus

Kathy Wang

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