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 with Justin Leahey.

Executive Editors 


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




Carmel Shachar
Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center

Managing Editor 


Justin Leahey
Project Coordinator, 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 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 with 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, the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University also contibutes 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 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.



ncantor_imgNorman Cantor is 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 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 F. 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 Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.



FieldRobert 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 P. 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.


Michele Bratcher 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.



jessie_hill_peopleB. Jessie 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.




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 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.



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 E. 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.



W. Nicholson Price II  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.


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 T. Robertson is a regular contributor. is a professor 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 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 N. 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.




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 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 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 the Director of Health Law Programs at Creighton 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

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