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 Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About the Contributors

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





Isaac BuckZack 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.



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.


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.




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



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.



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.


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.



jessie_hill_peopleJessie Hill is a regular contributor. She is the Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law, health law, and law and religion.



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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.





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).


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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.



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.



Minssen_peopleTimo 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. She is Peter Paul Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law.



DOrentlicher-Profileavid 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.


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.



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.



PustilnikAmanda 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.



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.



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




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.




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




Alex Stein is a regular contributor. He is a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. Before joining Cardozo in 2004, he served for more than a decade at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law. He recently launched an e-journal STEIN on Medical Malpractice. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned a Ph.D. from the University of London.


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 the Director of Health Law Programs at Creighton University School of Law.



14.08.19, WillJonathan 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.




WintersDiana 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:

Deak_peopleDalia Deak is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and a second year student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she focused primarily on computer science in biomedical engineering and issues at the intersection of technology, health policy, and public health.


Guo_people2Elizabeth Guo is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and a third year student in the JD/MPH Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social studies. Prior to law school, she was a senior associate at Avalere Health working with life science clients on a range of health policy topics.


KKwong_peopleKatherine Kwong is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and a second-year student at Harvard Law School. After receiving her B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota, she went on to receive her Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington. Katherine’s current research interests include the interactions between the unique characteristics of genomic data and existing protection frameworks.



Michael Anne Kyle is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, both in nursing. She is interested in the reorganization of the clinical delivery system with a view to achieving policy goals related to access, quality, and value.


Sandoe_peopleEmma Sandoe is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and a second year PhD student in Health Policy studying Political Analysis. She worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services serving as the Medicaid spokesperson. She earned a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University and attended UC San Diego for undergraduate studies.


Sudai_peopleMaayan Sudai is a 2015-2016 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow and an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds both a B.A and an LL.B from the University of Haifa, as well as an LL.M from Harvard Law School.




Baugh-ImgChristine Baugh was a 2014-2015 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow. She is in the Ethics concentration of Harvard’s Health Policy PhD program. She received her BA in History and Science from Harvard College and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. Christine has been studying the effects of brain trauma on contact sport athletes and military veterans.


Shapiro-ImgZachary E. Shapiro was a 2014-2015 Petrie-Flom Student Fellow. He attends Harvard Law School. Zachary received his BA in Human Health and Medical Ethics from Brown University in 2009 and an MSc in Biomedicine, Bioscience, and Society in 2012 from the London School of Economics.



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, Ryan Abbott and Alex Stein). Current guest bloggers include Norman Cantor, Abby MoncrieffAnnette Rid and Zachary Schrag.

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Past Bloggers

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

Cristiane Avancini Alves

Jennifer Bard

Matthew Baum

Adriana Benedict

Gaia Bernstein

Kelsey Berry

Nikola Biller-Andorno

Bob Bohrer

Katie Booth

Cassie Chambers

Amitabh Chandra

Deborah Cho

Nathaniel Counts

Jonathan Darrow

Einer Elhauge

Richard Epstein

Daniel Goldberg

Kate Greenwood

Aditya Gupta

Adam Kolber

Katie Kraschel

Jeremy Kreisberg

Emily Largent 

Stephen Latham

Matthew J. B. Lawrence

Ching-Fu Lin

Pablo de Lora

William MacAskill

Max Mehlman

Patrick O’Leary

Efthimi Parasidis

Hyeongsu Park

Katherine Record

Alvin Roth

William M. Sage

Jonathan (Yoni) Schenker

Vadim Shteyler

Ross D. Silverman

Jeff Skopek

Lydia Stewart Ferreira

Erin Talati

Lauren Taylor

Casey Thomson

Julian Urrutia

Dan Vorhaus

Kathy Wang

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