Introducing New Contributor Katherine Record

Katherine Record is the Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI). Her work, in part, focuses on healthcare reform implementation, compliance training for healthcare providers related to consent for HIV testing and disclosure, domestic and global mental health law and policy, and implementing state electronic health record databases in compliance with federal and state privacy laws.  Prior to joining CHLPI, Katherine worked at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University.  There she focused on public health law reform, firearms control, global preparation for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV (PrEP), and the development of the legal portion of a genetics database. Katherine received her JD, cum laude, and masters in Psychology at Duke University, her MPH from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, serves as a collaborating mentor for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, on the board of directors for Our Bodies Ourselves, as the liaison to the AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association on behalf of the Health Law Section, and on the Harvard College Global Health Review’s Board of Advisors.

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Introducing New Contributor Joel Lexchin

Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and for the past 27 years has been an emergency physician at the University Health Network. He is currently a 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. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and he was the chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association from 1997-99. He has been a consultant for the province of Ontario, various arms of the Canadian federal government, the World Health Organization, the government of New Zealand and the Australian National Prescribing Service. He is the author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as physician prescribing behaviour, pharmaceutical patent issues, the drug approval process and prescription drug promotion.

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Introducing Student Contributor Elizabeth Guo

Elizabeth Guo is a first year student in the JD/MPH Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her interests lie at the intersection of law, health care reimbursement, and biopharmaceutical regulation. Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social studies, focusing on the bioethics of assisted reproduction in China. Prior to law school, she was a senior associate at Avalere Health, working with life science clients on a range of health policy topics, including Medicare coverage and reimbursement, biosimilar regulation, and healthcare quality programs. Elizabeth is a student editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and a member of the Mississippi Delta Project’s Food Policy Initiative.

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Introducing New Blogger Jennifer Bard

Jennifer S. Bard contributes to the HealthLawProf Blog, and is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Jennifer 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. She was formerly Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. She is the Director, Health Law Program and JD/MD Program at the law school. In 2009 Professor Bard was elected as a member of the American Law Institute and was also awarded the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008 she received the award for the Best First Year Teacher from the Phi Alpha Delta Law School Honors Fraternity. She is the chair-elect of the American Association of Law School’s section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care. She is also the Book Review editor of the Journal Of Legal Medicine.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Timo Minssen

Timo Minssen is Associate Professor of IP & Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Centre for Information & Innovation Law (CIIR), Denmark. Before joining UCPH, Timo graduated from law school in Göttingen (Germany) in 2001 and was trained in the German court system from 2002-2003. He also passed the Swedish “juris licentiate” (LL.Lic.) and “juris doctor” exams (LL.D.) and holds two IP- and Biotech- related masters degrees from the Universities of Uppsala and Lund (Sweden). In addition he worked for a Life Science company and for various law firms in Sweden and Germany.

From 2007-2009 Timo was a stipendiary at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich. He was also responsible for a course in comparative patent law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law (USA) and worked for the European Patent Office. At Lund University he was engaged as a teacher at the Faculty of Law and in interdisciplinary epigenetics research at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies. At UCPH he is co-leading CIIR’s Copenhagen Biotech & Pharma Forum and teaches international classes for both students and pharma professionals in EU-, Competition-, and Pharmaceutical Law and IPR. Timo is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics and has published extensively in comparative US and European patent law, EU- and Competition Law. In 2013-14, he will be a Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center, and later at the University of Oxford.

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Introducing Student Contributor Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta is an LL.M. student at Harvard Law School interested in issues involving the intersection of health care and intellectual property law and policy and the need for health care and patent law reform in both developed and developing countries. Aditya has practiced as a litigator at an intellectual property law firm in India for three years. During that time, he was part of some of India’s high profile pharmaceutical patent litigation including the Novartis case decided by the Indian Supreme Court.

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Introducing Contributor Adrian Gropper

Adrian Gropper, MD is CTO of Patient Privacy Rights, a national organization representing 10.3 million patients. As an entrepreneur and physician-developer he has founded a number of software-intensive medical device companies. 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. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

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Introducing Contributor Kate Greenwood

Kate Greenwood is a Research Fellow & Lecturer in Law at the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law.  She also serves as Faculty Editor of Seton Hall Law’s Health Reform Watch blog.  Kate received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. After law school, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a law clerk to federal judges at the trial and appellate levels, and an associate at Covington & Burling in New York.  Her current research interests include maternal and child health policy, prescription drug and medical device regulation, and, especially, the intersection of the two.

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Introducing Student Contributor Deborah Cho

Deborah Cho is a second-year law student at Harvard Law School interested in social justice and health law.  She graduated from UCLA with a BS in biochemistry and then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  After two years of medical school, Deborah’s interest in social justice and inequitable access to health care prompted her to begin considering law school.  She subsequently received her MA in bioethics while doing research on expanded genetic carrier screening at the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University.  At law school, Deborah has interned at the Health Care Division in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and is currently an intern at Health Law Advocates, a public interest law firm. She will also be a student editor of the forthcoming Journal of Law and Biosciences.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Kuei-Jung Ni

Kuei-Jung Ni will be a contributor at Bill of Health during his time as a Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center in the 2013-2014 academic year. His current research explores the systems of governmental food safety regulation in the United States and Europe, with the goal of developing a suitable regulatory system for the Taiwanese government. Ni is visiting the Center with support from a Fulbright grant and the Top University Strategic Alliance (TUSA) of Taiwan.

Professor Ni holds an LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Edinburgh School of Law. He is currently on leave from his role as Professor and Director at the Center for Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

Introducing the 2013-2014 Petrie-Flom Student Fellows

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to welcome our 2013-2014 Student Fellows. During the coming year, each of the fellows will pursue independent research under the supervision of Center faculty and fellows. They will also be regular contributors at the Bill of Health on issues relating to their research.

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Introducing Contributor Matthew Lawrence

We are pleased to welcome Matthew J.B. Lawrence, who recently joined the Petrie-Flom Center as the 2013-2015 Academic Fellow.

Lawrence earned a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2009, where he was Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review and was awarded the Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Prize for writing the most outstanding Law Review note.  After law school he clerked for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then became a Trial Attorney at the Federal Programs Branch of the United States Department of Justice.  There he served as attorney of record for the United States defending various federal agency actions against statutory and constitutional challenges in district and appellate court, including numerous high-stakes Medicare cases.  His methodological focus is the operation and design of decision-making processes in light of the actual and theoretically expected behavior of participants at every level, from first mover to final arbiter.  His past work has applied this focus to medical malpractice and civil procedure, and his current work applies this focus to the federally-mandated procedures that govern disputes between insured and insurer about coverage for doctor-recommended care.

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Introducing Blogger Jeffrey Skopek

Jeffrey Skopek received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review as Book Reviews and Essays Chair of the Articles Committee.  He also holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, and an A.B. in History, with distinction, from Stanford University, where he was a Truman Scholar.  Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His primary research interests are in the area of law and the biosciences, which ties together his interests in environmental law, health law, and bioethics, but he also works on issues that cut across these fields and into others, such as questions about the legal functions of anonymity.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Annette Rid

Annette Rid
is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London, where she co-directs a new MA in Bioethics & Society. She also is an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich, and a member of the working group to revise the 2002 CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects. In the past, Annette has worked at the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health; the Ethics & Health Unit, World Health Organization; the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Commission on “Ethics and Law in Medicine”, German Parliament; and the neonatal intensive care unit, Charité University Medicine Berlin.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Seema Shah

Seema Shah is a faculty member in the Department of Bioethics in the NIH Clinical Center with a joint appointment in the Division of AIDS.  Her research focuses on the ethics of international research, the ethics of research with children, and the intersection of law and bioethics.  She currently serves as a consultant for the Division of AIDS on its clinical sciences review committee and as an ethics consultant for the Clinical Center.  She has published in the field of bioethics in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Bioethics, and the Lancet.  More recently, she has focused on controversies surrounding the determination of death and organ transplantation, with an article on the topic in the American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Ms. Shah earned her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Stanford University.  She previously served as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of California and a predoctoral fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.  She has lectured on the ethics of human subjects research at conferences run by PRIM&R, ASBH, ASTMH, and internationally in such locations as Mali, South Africa, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Alex Stein

Alex Stein 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. Alex also held visiting professorial appointments at Columbia, Miami and Yale Law Schools. His specialty areas are Evidence, Medical Malpractice, Torts and Economic Analysis of Law in general. He authors two books, Foundations of Evidence Law (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Tort Liability under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Ariel Porat), and over fifty articles of which many have appeared in leading journals including Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review and Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. Alex was one of the founding editors of Theoretical Inquiries in 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.

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Introducing Guest Blogger William MacAskill

William MacAskill is the Founder and President of 80,000 Hours, an advisory service for careers that make a difference. He is also the cofounder and Vice-President of Giving What We Can, a DPhil student in moral philosophy at Oxford University, a contributor to Quartz and The Atlantic, and has recently returned from Princeton on a Fulbright scholarship.


“Replaceability, Career Choice, and Making a Difference,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Forthcoming.

“The Infectiousness of Nihilism,” Ethics. Forthcoming.

To save the world, don’t get a job at a charity; go work on Wall St,” Quartz (February 27, 2013).

The best advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech,” Quartz (April 18, 2013).

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, recently discussed Will’s work in his TED Talk, “The Why and How of Effective Altruism.”

Introducing New Blogger Leslie Francis

We’re pleased to introduce Leslie P. Francis as a regular contributor to Bill of Health.

Professor Francis 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. Professor Francis received a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she graduated with high honors in philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Ph.D. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan. After joining Utah’s philosophy faculty, she received her J.D. from the University of Utah (1981) and served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Appointed to the law faculty in 1982, she teaches and writes extensively in the areas of health law, bioethics, and disability. Professor Francis currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where she co-chairs the subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security; and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). Professor Francis also has been a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging.

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Introducing Joanna Sax

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Joanna Sax as a guest blogger for the month of May.

Joanna is an Associate Professor of Law at California Western School of Law.  She teaches Contracts, Trusts & Estates and a seminar entitled Law, Science & Medicine.  Her main area of research is biomedical policy; specifically, how to create incentives to advance scientific research and protect scientific integrity.  In this area, Joanna has recently focused on issues such as financial conflicts of interest and the relationship of politics and science.  Another area of interest is FDA regulation; Joanna will be presenting at the upcoming conference on the FDA in the 21st Century hosted by Petrie-Flom.  Prior to focusing her research interests on the intersection of law and science, she was a molecular biologist and spent years researching cancer.

Joanna attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she earned a B.S.  After undergraduate school, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.  In 1999, following her fellowship, she began a PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  In 2003, after earning a PhD, she entered law school at the University of Pennsylvania.  After law school, she spent 2 and a half years as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  In 2009, Joanna joined the faculty at California Western School of Law.

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Introducing Adam Kolber

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Adam Kolber to our blogging community. Professor Kolber will be guest blogging with us for the month of April.

Professor Kolber writes and teaches in the areas of health law, bioethics, criminal law, and neurolaw and is affiliated with Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy and its Center for Law, Language & Cognition. In 2005, he created the Neuroethics & Law Blog and, in 2006, taught the first law school course devoted to law and neuroscience. He has also taught law and neuroscience topics to federal and state judges as part of a MacArthur Foundation grant. Professor Kolber has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and at NYU Law School’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice. His work has been frequently discussed in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Professor Kolber began his academic career on the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to law school, he was a business ethics consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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