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 970,000 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.

Executive Editors 


I. Glenn Cohen
James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center




Carmel Shachar
Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center


Alex Pearlman
Communications Manager and Research Associate, Petrie-Flom Center


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

We have collaborated with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and its official peer-reviewed journal – Genetics in Medicine – to address the ethical as well as legal components of genetics and genomics 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.

The Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University also contributes to our blog. The Center supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. It develops and teaches public health law research and legal epidemiology methods, researches laws and policies that improve health and equity, and communicates and disseminates evidence to facilitate innovation.

About the Contributors

Ryan Abbott is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA




Isaac BuckZack Buck is an Assistant Professor of Law and Wilkinson Junior Research Professor at  the University of Tennessee Knoxville.




ncantor_imgNorman Cantor is Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark. He taught in the fields of Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Bioethics (Death, Dying, and the Law). He has been widely published in legal and medical journals on the topic of the legal handling of dying medical patients.


Arthur 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.


Gregory D. Curfman is currently the editor in chief of Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.



Judith F. Daar is the Dean at Whittier Law School and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCI School of Medicine.




Nicholas J. Diamond is an advisor and educator, focused on the intersection of public health, policy, and ethics. He works at an advisory firm in Washington, DC, where he helps biopharmaceutical companies, health insurers, and advocacy organizations better understand and respond to changes in the healthcare landscape.



Nir Eyal is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.




FieldRobert I. Field 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 the Director of the Center for Health Policy and a  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 P. 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. She is a contributing editor at the HealthLawProfs blog.


Michele Bratcher Goodwin is the Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law; Program in Public Health; Department of Criminology, Law, & Society; Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Stem Cell Research Center. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law and its internationally acclaimed Reproductive Justice Initiative.


Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.



jessie_hill_peopleB. Jessie Hill is 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 a  Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law Professor Hoffman’s work examines some of the most important legal and social issues of our time, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and retiree healthcare expenses, and long-term care. She is a former Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellow.



Aaron S. Kesselheim is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaco-economics 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 the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, a Professor at the UNC School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.



James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International, where his research focuses on the production, management and access to knowledge resources, and aspects of competition policy. This includes work on the financing of R&D, intellectual property rights, prices for and access to new drugs, vaccines and other medical technologies, as well as related topics for other knowledge goods, including software, other copyrighted works, and data.



Holly Lynch is Assistant Professor and Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. From 2012 – 2017 she was the Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center and together with Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen co-founded Bill of Health in 2012.


Minssen_peopleTimo Minssen is 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.





Wendy Netter Epstein is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University Chicago Law School, and an Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute at the DePaul University College of Law.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Recent Developments.


DOrentlicher-Profileavid Orentlicher s the Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law and co-director of the UNLV Health Law Program at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.




Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Lecturer in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he is completing his PhD in Public Policy and Management. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.



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 E. Parmet is George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law.




Frank Pasquale is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and a frequent blogger at Concurring Opinions  and HealthLawProf Blog. He is also active on Twitter @FrankPasquale.



W. Nicholson Price II is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. 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.


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




Christopher T. Robertson  is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, and affiliated faculty with the Petrie Flom Center for Health Care Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology at Harvard. Robertson also leads the Regulatory Science program, a partnership with the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the Critical Path Institute.


Rachel E. Sachs is an Associate Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. From 2014-2016, she was an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.




Ameet Sarpatwari is an occasional contributor. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics.



Nadia N. Sawicki is a regular contributor (who began with us as a guest blogger in Fall 2012).   She is Professor of Law and Academic Director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy at Loyola University Chicago.



Tara Sklar is a Professor of Health Law and Director of the Graduate Health Sciences Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She also holds an appointment as a Health Law Fellow in the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health.


Alex Stein is a regular contributor. He is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. 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 P. 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 and Executive Director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.



John TingleJohn Tingle  is a regular contributor. He is Reader in Health Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He has a fortnightly magazine column in the British Journal of Nursing where he focuses on patient safety and the legal aspects of nursing and medicine. John teaches Tort and Medical Law on the LLB at Nottingham Trent and Patient Safety on the LLM in Health Law and Ethics.


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 Associate Dean of Academics and a Professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law.



effyEffy Vayena is the SNSF Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, Health Ethics & Policy Lab, at the University of Zurich and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School



Student Bloggers

Petrie-Flom Center student fellows post regularly here on Bill of Health. Stay tuned for our academic year 2017/2018 fellows!

Guest Bloggers

Guest Bloggers were bloggers who joined us for a few weeks or months to post on a specific topic, and sometimes we were lucky enough to have them join us as regular contributors (such as Nadia SawickiChristopher Robertson, Ryan AbbottNorman Cantor, and Alex Stein). Former guest bloggers include 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

Christine Baugh

Matthew Baum

Adriana Benedict

Gaia Bernstein

Kelsey Berry

Nikola Biller-Andorno

Bob Bohrer

Katie Booth

Cansu Canca 

Cassie Chambers

Amitabh Chandra

Deborah Cho

Nathaniel Counts

Jonathan Darrow

Dalia Deak 

Einer Elhauge

Richard Epstein

Daniel Goldberg

Abbe R. Gluck

Kate Greenwood

Aditya Gupta

Elizabeth Guo

Rebecca Haffajee

Martín Hevia 

Adam Kolber

Katie Kraschel

Jeremy Kreisberg

Katherine Kwong

Michael Anne Kyle

Emily Largent 

Stephen Latham

Matthew J. B. Lawrence

Ching-Fu Lin

Gregory Lipper

Pablo de Lora

William MacAskill

Max Mehlman

Michelle N. Meyer

Abigail R. Moncrieff  

Patrick O’Leary

Efthimi Parasidis

Hyeongsu Park

Amanda C. Pustilnik

Katherine Record

John A. Robertson

Susannah Rose

Alvin Roth

William M. Sage

Wendy Salkin

Emma Sandoe 

Zachary Schrag

Jonathan (Yoni) Schenker

Brad Segal

Zachary E. Shapiro

Vadim Shteyler

Ross D. Silverman

Jeff Skopek

Laura Stark

Lydia Stewart Ferreira

Maayan Sudai

Erin Talati

Lauren Taylor

Casey Thomson

Julian Urrutia

Dan Vorhaus

Kathy Wang

Jonathan F. Will 

Diana R.H. Winters