Abbe R. Gluck, Faculty Director, Professor of Law

Abbe R. Gluck ’00 is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She joined Yale Law School in 2012, having previously served on the faculty of Columbia Law School. She is an expert on Congress and the political process, federalism, civil procedure, and health law, and is chair of Section on Legislation and the Law of the Political Process for the Association of American Law Schools. Gluck has extensive experience working as a lawyer in all levels of government. Prior to joining Columbia, she served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General; and in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as chief of staff and counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, senior counsel in the New York City Office of Legal Counsel, and deputy special counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland. Before returning to government work after law school, Professor Gluck was associated with the Paul Weiss firm in New York. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Gluck’s scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and many other journals. Among her most recent work is the most extensive empirical study ever conducted about the realities of the congressional law-making process (published in the Stanford Law Review) and the Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court issue comment on King v. Burwell, the 2015 challenge to the Affordable Care Act. She also served as co-counsel on a Supreme Court brief in both King and the 2012 ACA challenge, NFIB v. Sebelius. In 2015, Gluck was both appointed by Gov. Malloy to serve on the Uniform Law Commission and elected to the American Law Institute.

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Katherine L. Kraschel, Executive Director, Lecturer in Law, and Research Scholar

Katherine L. Kraschel is the Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy as well as a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She co-teaches the Reproductive Justice Clinic and the Medical-Legal Partnership Seminar. Previously, Kraschel was Associate Counsel at Yale New Haven Health System, focusing on corporate regulatory work including affiliations, clinical research, and Stark and Anti-kickback compliance. Prior to that, Kraschel was an associate at Foley & Lardner’s Boston office and worked in their health care practice group. She also completed Harvard Medical School’s Fellowship in Bioethics and serves on Yale New Haven Hospital’s Ethics Committee. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Kraschel worked as a scientist at Pfizer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a student fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics as well as Submissions Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. She also served on the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.

Kraschel has lectured on and published in the health law and bioethics space, and is particularly interested in assisted reproductive technologies, health policy & gender, reproductive rights, and clinical research ethics. Most recently, she co-authored a chapter in The Handbook of Gestational Surrogacy – International Clinical Practice and Policy Issues. She is also interested in non-profit law, higher education, and governance. In 2016, the National LGBT Bar Association named Katie one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.

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Eugene Rusyn, Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow

Eugene Rusyn is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. His research interests includehealth law, environmental law, legal history,and the study of government bureaucracy. Rusyn’s work currently focuses on end-of-life law and the relationship between legal systems and cancer treatment. His research builds on time he spent with organizations addressing these issues in recent years, including an initiative developed at the Disability Rights Legal Center focused on the relatively recent emergence of “aid in dying” laws. Rusyn is also in the process of conducting a study on environmental regulations drawing on extensive field work and expanding on his interests in environmental law, administrative law, and the study of bureaucratic behavior. Rusyn was a 2015 recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He holds a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.



Gabe Scheffler, Research Fellow

Gabe Scheffler is a Research Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, as well as a Regulation Fellow at the Penn Program on Regulation. His research focuses primarily on health law and policy, occupational regulation, and administrative law. Before joining Penn Law School, he was a Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and a research assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.







Kathryn Mammel, Program Coordinator

Kathryn Mammel is the Program Coordinator for the Solomon Center and a 2015 graduate of Yale Law School. Most recently, Kathryn worked for the international arts and technology startup Shared_Studios, helping to expand the company’s technology into healthcare hackathons and humanitarian aid. She previously worked as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, engaging in a mix of litigation and regulatory work with an emphasis on health-related matters. As a law student, Kathryn pursued her passion for mental health policy as a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the Legislative Advocacy Clinic. Prior to law school, Kathryn worked as an Aide to the Marshal at the Supreme Court of the United States. Kathryn graduated from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, with a degree in classical archaeology. She is licensed to practice law in New York and in Washington, DC (inactive status).



Joseph Fins, Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law

Joseph J. Fins is the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law at Yale Law School. He is also the co-director of CASBI (Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury) at Weill Cornell Medical College, which seeks to understand mechanisms of recovery following severe brain injuries and to develop novel therapeutic interventions and strategies. While at Yale, Fins continues his work with YLS students on legal issues related to patients with severe brain injuries. Fins works with students on projects related to the law and severe brain injuries, in the hopes of expanding their access to health care and medical research while asserting that the marginalization of these individuals raises important questions for disability and civil rights. This focus expands scholarship presented in his book Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness.

Fins is the author of more than 300 publications, including co-authoring the landmark 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state, and his books include A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006).

Fins holds degrees from Cornell University Medical College and Wesleyan University, and he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.​​

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Zachary E. Shapiro, Research Fellow, Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Project

Zachary E. Shapiro, JD, MSc, is a Research Fellow with the Solomon Center's Brain Injury Project, a collaboration with CASBI (Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury) at Weill Cornell Medical College. He also holds an appointment as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Hospital and is the Co-Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Shapiro graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 2016, pursuing his interests in law, ethics, and biomedicine. His scholarship in law school concerned the use of functional neuroimaging in lie detection, the ethical issues raised by large-scale genomic research, and the growing concern over head injuries in youth football. He has authored neuroscience publications exploring neuroimaging, neuroethics, and legal implications of neuroscience, and he has written on the ethics of genomic research and big data. While at Harvard Law, Shapiro served as a Legal Fellow at Harvard’s Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center, working on projects related to returning clinical trial results, post-trial access, and the ethics of clinical trials. He was awarded a Fellowship at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, a Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, and spent a summer working on legal projects in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. After law school, Shapiro served as the Presidential Scholar of Law at the Hastings Center Bioethics Research Institute, one of the premier bioethical institutes in the U.S, and a Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior. In 2017, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Timothy B. Dyk on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. A native New Yorker, he received his B.A. in Human Health and Medical Ethics from Brown University in 2009 and an M.Sc. in Biomedicine, Bioscience, and Society in 2012 from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Aaron S. Kesselheim, Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Solomon Center Distinguished Visitor

Aaron S. Kesselheim is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Solomon Center Distinguished Visitor at Yale Law School, as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, faculty supervisor for the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, a faculty member of the Harvard Center for Bioethics, and a Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on the effects of intellectual property laws and regulatory policies on pharmaceutical development, the drug approval process, and the costs, availability, and use of prescription drugs both domestically and in resource-poor settings. He has also investigated how other issues at the intersection of law and public health can affect the health care system, including health care fraud, expert testimony in malpractice cases, and insurance reimbursement. He graduated from Harvard College and received his postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Law School, and most recently at the Harvard School of Public Health.



Joel McElvain, Solomon Center Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Joel McElvain is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Solomon Center.  He served for more than twenty years with the Department of Justice, where he specialized in health care litigation. In that capacity, he participated in the federal government's defense of the Affordable Care Act in NFIB v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell. He also managed the federal government's defense of litigation, and has counseled federal agencies, in cases involving a variety of issues under the ACA, such as risk adjustment, cost-sharing reductions, accountable care organizations, and essential health benefits, as well as cases arising under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from Williams College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Visiting Researchers


Jason A. Levitis

Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Jason A. Levitis is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Solomon Center. He is an expert on health care and tax law and policy, the coverage and revenue provisions of the Affordable Care Act, regulatory process, and tax administration. From 2009 to 2017 he served in senior positions at the U.S. Treasury Department, working to pass the ACA and then leading implementation of its tax provisions and state innovation waivers, as well as working on other tax issues. He also assisted the Department of Justice in ACA litigation, including NFIB v. Sebelius, King v. Burwell, and House v. Burwell. Prior to coming to Treasury, he served at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut Voices for Children, and the Greater New York Hospital Association. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics.


Medical Legal Partnerships (MLPs)


Medical-Legal Partnership Staff

Rebecca Iannantuoni (Palliative Care MLP)

Rebecca Iannantuoni is the legal supervisor at the palliative care MLP. She has particular expertise in elder law and planning for persons with special needs. She is a member of the Estates and Probate Section and Elder Law Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. She currently is a counsel in Day Pitney’s Individual Clients department representing fiduciaries estate administration and advising clients regarding all aspects of estate planning with extensive experience with Title XIX Medicaid planning. Rebecca received her B.A. from Manhattanville College with Departmental Honors in Political Science and Her J.D. cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law.



Lisa Puglisi (Transitions MLP)

Dr. Lisa Puglisi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, a primary care physician and director of Transitions Clinic New Haven at the Yale Primary Care Center, a program specializing in providing primary care and social service linkage to individuals returning from incarceration to the community. In this role she works directly with the MLP students to identify civil legal needs that influence the health and success of patient reentry. Dr. Puglisi leads educational interventions to expand knowledge and exposure of internal medicine trainees to the health impacts of incarceration to improve medical care for this population. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completely her residency training at Yale.



Alice Rosenthal (Pediatric Care MLP)

Alice Rosenthal is an attorney for the Center for Children’s Advocacy and coordinates the MLP at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She represents children and families on legal issues affecting the health and well-being of children, such as housing, public benefits, healthcare access, and education and works collaboratively with hospital staff and providers. Prior to working at the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Rosenthal worked as an education law attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, representing children involved in the child welfare system on access to an appropriate education, first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and then as a project director. Prior to law school, Rosenthal worked as an advocate on children’s issues with Good Shepherd Services and the Center for Court Innovation. Rosenthal received a B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.



Alexis Smith(Haven & Transitions MLPs)

Alexis Smith is the legal supervisor at the Haven and Transitions MLPs. Alexis is the Executive Director at New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA). Prior to joining LAA, Alexis was an attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid for six years, where she practiced in the education and employment units. Alexis obtained her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has served as president of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and Secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT) Discovering Amistad, Highville Charter School, and Elm City Internationals.



Sharon Pope (Palliative Care MLP)

Sharon Pope is the legal supervisor at the palliative care MLP. She has particular expertise in elder and disability law. She is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the Settlement Planning Committee and has earned certification as a Medicare Set-Aside Consultant. She was formerly a principal at CzepigaDalyPope, a Connecticut law firm with full elder law & estate planning capabilities and an in-house trust department. The firm is particularly trained in the nuances of trust and estate law and the many fiduciary duties that must be adhered to. Pope currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Elder Law Section, the Estates and Probate Section, and the Veteran's and Military Affairs Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association and is the Past Chair of the Elder Law Section. In 2006, she was awarded the Pro Bono Award by the CBA. Pope is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the CLE committee. She has presented programs nationally on topics relevant to settlement planning and has authored articles of interest to the members of CTLA. Pope was appointed Professor Emeritus status at the University of Hartford when she took an early retirement in order to practice law. She is frequently invited to speak on topics of interest and is active in the community. She contributes to many nonprofit organizations, including the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and Easter Seals Capital and Eastern District. Pope is an adjunct professor at UConn Law School teaching an Elder Law clinic. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.



Emily Wang (Transitions MLP)

Dr. Emily Wang is the medical partner at the transitons MLP. She is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on promoting health equity for vulnerable populations, especially individuals with a history of incarceration, through both prison and community based interventions. She has developed expertise in training former prisoners to become community health workers and researchers through community based participatory research methods. She is Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network, a consortium of 15 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners and defining best practices for the health care of individuals leaving prison. In 2012, the Transitions Clinic Network was awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award to provide care to over 2,000 high-risk, high-cost patients returning from prison and to train and employ former prisoners as community health workers. Dr. Wang is the principal investigator on a number of NIH and institute-funded research projects, including a NHLBI-funded project to improve cardiovascular outcomes in patients with a history of incarceration. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Health and Incarceration Workshop (2012) and Means of Violence Workshop (2014). Dr. Wang has a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and a MAS from the University of California, San Francisco.


Faculty & Scholars in Residence


Anne L. Alstott

Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation

Anne L. Alstott

Anne Alstott is the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation at Yale Law School. An expert in taxation and social policy, she was named a professor at Yale Law School in 1997 and originally named the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Taxation in 2004. She served as deputy dean in 2002 and 2004 and has won the Yale Law Women teaching award three times. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at Columbia Law and before that, served as an attorney-advisor in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Legislative Counsel. Her books include No Exit: What Parents Owe Children and What Society Owes Parents (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Stakeholder Society (with Bruce Ackerman, Yale University Press, 1999). She holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in economics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Mark Barnes

Visiting Lecturer in Law

Mark Barnes ’84 is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP and a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and serves as Harvard faculty co-chair for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard. Since 1999, he has been a lecturer at Yale School of Medicine. Barnes previously served as the senior associate provost for research and senior research officer for Harvard University, and in 2004 was the founding executive director of the Harvard AIDS treatment programs in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Botswana. He has served as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has held senior appointed positions in the New York City and New York State Departments of Health. He currently co-chairs the Subcommittee on Harmonization of Research Regulations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a member of the Ethics Working Group of the National Institute of Health’s HIV Prevention Trials Network. Barnes holds degrees from Columbia, Yale, and Bennington College.

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Elizabeth H. Bradley

Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and Professor of Public Health and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Elizabeth H. Bradley

Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, is renowned internationally for her work on health system design and large-scale implementation of efforts to improve management capacity in health care delivery within the US and abroad. Dr. Bradley has several health system strengthening projects in international settings including China, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Bradley is the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant that developed a novel framework of diffusion, dissemination, and widespread take up of health innovations, and she leads the Yale African Women’s Forum for Strategic Impact. Professor Bradley has published more than 275 peer-reviewed papers and has co-authored three books including "The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less."  Dr. Bradley is also Head of Branford College at Yale.  Dr. Bradley has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Yale University in health economics and health policy.

Zack Cooper

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Economics

Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and of Economics at Yale University He is also a Resident Fellow at the school’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), where he directs the ISPS Health Center. Professor Cooper’s work is focused on using big data analysis and economic research to improve health care policy. There are three strands to his work. The first is examining the growth and variation in health care spending in the United States. The second is analyzing how competition in hospital and insurance markets impacts health care providers’ quality, prices, and productivity. The third is examining how information and incentives influence how individuals choose doctors and hospitals and spend on health care services. Professor Cooper received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the London School of Economics where re remains a Faculty Associate at the school’s Centre for Economic Performance.

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Randi Hutter Epstein

Writer in Residence for the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale Medical School

Randi Epstein

Randi Hutter Epstein is a lecturer in the English Department at Yale College and a Writer in Residence for the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale Medical School. She teaches an undergraduate seminar, Writing About Medicine & Public Health. Epstein is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in History & Sociology of Science, a Masters of Science degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, a Masters in Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and a Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Epstein has lectured on and written articles about the history of medicine as well current issues in science and health care. She is particularly interested in the intersections of medicine and society—how cultural ideas about health impact doctor-patient communication and shape medical progress. Epstein is the author of two books: Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank (W.W. Norton: 2010) and AROUSED: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (W.W. Norton: 2018). 

Howard P. Forman

Howard P. Forman is a Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Public Health, Economics and Management; Director of the M.D./M.B.A. Program; Director of Healthcare Curriculum, M.B.A. for Executives Program; and Lecturer in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, at the Yale School of Management. Professor Forman also directs the healthcare management program in the Yale School of Public Health and teaches healthcare economics in the Yale College of Economics Department. As a practicing emergency/trauma radiologist, he is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance and contracting. His research has been focused on improving imaging services delivery through better access to information. He has worked in the U.S. Senate, as a health policy fellow, on Medicare legislation.

Cary Gross

Cary Gross

Cary Gross is Professor of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. As Director of the Cancer Outcomes Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale, the over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between evidence generated from clinical research and the actual needs of older persons with cancer. He uses comparative effectiveness studies and policy-relevant research to address this important knowledge gap. As a general internist, Gross and his colleagues have used state of the art techniques to shed new insights about cancer screening, risk stratification, and treatment. Ongoing investigations focus on the understanding variability and value in cancer care, with a focus on the complex interplay between health policy, clinical decision-making, and patient centered outcomes. He also has a long-standing interest in research ethics and integrity. Ongoing policy-relevant work by Gross and his colleagues includes American Cancer Society-funded assessments of the impact of state breast density notification laws on patterns of cancer screening, as well as determinants of access to gene expression profiling among women with breast cancer.

Peter T. Grossi Jr.

Visiting Lecturer in Law

Peter T. Grossi Jr. ’73 is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a senior litigator for Arnold & Porter LLP. He has worked for more than 25 years to defend pharmaceutical and other companies in product liability actions. For each of the last five years, Chambers has named him the "senior statesman" of the national products liability and mass torts bar. Grossi has also taught courses on product liability at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and American University.

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Jacob S. Hacker

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science

Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee, and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, he is the author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, written with Paul Pierson (2010), The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006), The Divided Welfare State: The Battle Over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002), and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton's Plan for Health Security (1997), co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also co-author, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005) and has edited three volumes--most recently, Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century, edited with Ann O'Leary (2012).

Dan M. Kahan

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology

Dan M. Kahan

Dan M. Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90). He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

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Peter Kahn

Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy

Peter Kahn

Dr. Peter Kahn is a Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School.  His recent policy work has focused on the healthcare workforce, with a particular attention to developing strong physician leadership which promotes value and values driven healthcare.  His work has also focused on the intersection of religion and health policy, with a particular focus on promoting understanding between religious and medical groups.  Kahn’s prior work has focused on the diabetes epidemic through the lens of potential pharmacologic interventions and a robust understanding of the societal and healthcare system costs of diabetes.

Peter graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with honors.  He received his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of Health Policy and Management and his ThM from Harvard University’s Divinity School where his focus was the intersection of religion and health policy.  He is currently a resident at Yale New Haven Hospital in the department of Internal Medicine.

Amy Kapczynski

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership

Amy Kapczynski

Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen G. Breyer at the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received her A.B. from Princeton University, M. Phil. from Cambridge University, M.A. from Queen Mary and Westfield College at University of London, and J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Bonnie Kaplan

Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI, of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, is a Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center Scholar, a Faculty Affiliate of the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and Faculty in the Yale Medical School’s Program on Biomedical Ethics. An editor of two books, the author of more than 90 refereed and invited papers and book chapters, and popular tutorials and sessions at international medical informatics and information systems conferences, her research and consulting concern informatics ethical and legal issues, user perspectives and experiences with health information technology, and ethnographic sociotechnical evaluation. Among her publications in key journals, such as JAMIA, International Journal of Medical Informatics, MISQ, and Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics are some of the most read papers and foundational writings on organizational issues, qualitative/ethnographic sociotechnical approaches, and ethical issues. She was faculty for the American Medical Informatics Association’s People and Organizational Issues Doctoral Consortium, the National Science Foundation Consortium for the Science of Socio-technical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute (2011), and the National Library of Medicine Informatics Course (2015), and will teach in the Global Bioethics Initiative 2016 International Bioethics Summer School. Kaplan was elected twice as chair of AMIA’s People and Organizational Issues Working Group and of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group; and was chair of the IMIA Organizational and Social Issues Working Group. She served on AMIA's Vendor Contract Issues Task Force, having previously chaired the Consumer Health Informatics Task Force. She has five times been appointed to the Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Symposium and twice to the program committee for the ACM Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care (WISH). Kaplan was a Program Chair of the 2004 conference on Relevant Theory and Informed Practice: A 20 Year Retrospective on IS Research, sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2, The Interaction of Information Systems and the Organization, and an editor of the resulting book. She has taught undergraduate through post-doctoral and professional courses in business, medical, nursing, and arts and sciences programs, as well as on-line graduate and certificate courses in biomedical informatics. Kaplan is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a recipient of the AMIA President’s Award, and a Hastings Center Scholar.

Stephen Latham

Lecturer in Law

Stephen Latham

Stephen Latham is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, as well as Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Senior Research Scholar in Political Science and a Lecturer in Management. Prior to joining the Center for Bioethics, Latham taught at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he was the Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy, and has taught business ethics at the Yale School of Management. He has also taught courses at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, UC Berkley, and Harvard. He has served as the Director of Ethical Standards at the American Medical Association, and as secretary to its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. Latham is a former board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award. He is faculty chair of Yale’s Human Subjects Committee and serves on the Medical Review Board of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families.

Latham’s publications on health law, professionalism, and bioethics have appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Legal Medicine. Latham holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkley, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College.

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Mark Mercurio

Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Mercurio is Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and the Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. He leads the faculty and post-doctoral fellows in Neonatology, overseeing medical care provided in Newborn Intensive Care Units at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, and Waterbury Hospital. In addition, he is actively involved in the ethics education of Yale medical students, attending physicians, fellows, residents, nurses, and physician associate students. He has more than 25 years of experience as a clinical neonatologist, including the training of fellows and residents in the Newborn ICU, and over 20 years’ experience in clinical ethics consultation in adult and pediatric medicine. Dr. Mercurio has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally, focusing on analyses of ethical issues in adult and pediatric medicine, primarily pediatrics. He has for many years served as medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Published work has appeared in PediatricsThe Hastings Center ReportSeminars in Perinatology, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy,  The Journal of Perinatology, and others. He has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, and is co-editor of a textbook of pediatric ethics.

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Fiona Scott Morton

Fiona Scott Morton is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at Yale School of Management. An expert in competitive strategy, Professor Scott Morton received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Yale and her PhD, also in Economics, from MIT. Her research focuses on empirical studies of competition among firms in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her articles are published widely, in journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Scott Morton has taught the core perspective The Competitor, in which she introduces students to the dynamics of competition using tools from economics and integrating techniques from marketing, OB, accounting, and other disciplines. She also regularly teaches Competitive Strategy, a popular elective applying concepts from Industrial Organization to business problems. In 2007, she was chosen by students to receive the Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Award, an honor which is given to one professor each year. She is a frequent speaker at academic research seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis (Chief Economist) at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice from May 2011 to December 2012. In that capacity she supervised a staff of PhD economists who provided the economic analysis critical to enforcing competitor law.

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Douglas G. NeJaime

Professor of Law

Douglas NeJaime

Douglas NeJaime is Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches in the areas of family law, legal ethics, law and sexuality, and constitutional law. In Fall 2016, he was the Martin R. Flug Visiting Professor of Law at Yale. Before joining the Yale faculty in 2017, NeJaime was Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he served as Faculty Director of the Williams Institute, a research institute on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. He has also served on the faculties at UC Irvine School of Law and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and was Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in Spring 2017. NeJaime is the co-author of Cases and Materials on Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law (with Carlos Ball, Jane Schacter, and William Rubenstein).  His recent scholarship includes “The Nature of Parenthood,” 126 Yale Law Journal 2260 (2017); “Marriage Equality and the New Parenthood,” 129 Harvard Law Review 1185 (2016); “Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics,” 124 Yale Law Journal 2516 (2015), with Reva Siegel; and “Before Marriage: The Unexplored History of Nonmarital Recognition and Its Relationship to Marriage,” 102 California Law Review 87 (2014). NeJaime has twice received the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year, and has also been the recipient of UCI Law’s Professor of the Year Award and Loyola Law School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Priscilla Smith

Associate Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow, Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, Information Society Project

Priscilla (Cilla) Smith is an Associate Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Prior to joining the ISP, Smith was an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights for 13 years, serving as the U.S. Legal Program Director from 2003-2007, and litigated cases nationwide, including Gonzales v. Carhart, 127 S. Ct. 1610 (2007), and Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 532 U.S. 67 (2001). She conducts research and writes on privacy, reproductive rights and justice, and the information society. 

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Tom R. Tyler

Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology

Tom R. Tyler

Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is also a professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Management. He joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a professor of law and psychology. He was previously a University Professor at New York University, where he taught in both the psychology department and the law school. Prior to joining NYU in 1997, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Northwestern University. Tyler’s research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation. He is the author of several books, including Why People Cooperate (2011); Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007); Why People Obey the Law (2006); Trust in the Law (2002); and Cooperation in Groups (2000). He was awarded the Harry Kalven prize for “paradigm shifting scholarship in the study of law and society” by the Law and Society Association in 2000, and in 2012, was honored by the International Society for Justice Research with its Lifetime Achievement Award for innovative research on social justice. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Solomon Student Fellows


2018-2019 Fellows

Biruktawit Assefa

Biruktawit “Birdy” Assefa (YSPH 2019) is an M.P.H candidate at the Yale School of Public Health through the joint BA-BS/MPH program. She is passionate about health justice, and she is interested in studying the role the law plays in addressing the social determinants of health within marginalized communities. She is particularly interested in tackling healthcare inequities as they relate to the Opioid and HIV/AIDS Epidemics. This past summer she worked at the Johns Hopkins University Poverty and Inequality Research Lab as a data analyst investigating the effect of neighborhood investment and divestment on the livelihoods of long-term residents in Baltimore with a special focus on populations living with HIV/AIDS. Previously, she has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in its Health and Development Department. At Yale, she has served as a student consultant to the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and she currently works at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies in the Director’s Office. Birdy received her B.A. from Yale College.



Joy Chen

Joy Chen (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Her interests lie in the intersection of planning and public health, specifically in how built environments impact health outcomes. She is currently a part of the Social Services team at HAVEN Free Clinic and a first-year representative for her department. Before coming to Yale, Joy was a Public Service Fellow with the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) where she was placed in her local city’s Planning Department and spent the year managing an environmental justice grant. She also interned at the Riverside County Health Department, helping to develop the National Healthy Communities Platform, a collaborative effort bringing together different agencies and organizations to create healthier communities through land use planning. Joy graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Spring 2017 with a degree in Public Policy.



Leila Ensha

Leila Ensha (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Her primary interests include protecting and expanding rights to sexual and reproductive health care, both domestically and globally, as well as social determinants of health. Prior to YSPH, she was the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) in New York. In her tenure with PPHP, Leila deepened the activist engagement of the affiliate, broadened the scope and advocacy of the organization on a state and local level (focusing on protecting access to contraception and abortion), advised on national strategic organizing and training, and increased the involvement of young people as activists with Planned Parenthood. On campus, Leila is also active on the Executive Committee of the Yale Healthcare Conference, a joint conference put on by YSPH and the Yale School of Management. Leila graduated from Bucknell University with degrees in International Relations and Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society.



Christopher Fanikos

Christopher Fanikos (YSPH 2019) is an M.P.H. candidate at the Yale School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy. His interests focus at the intersection of health care, science, and the law, specifically as it relates to pharmaceutical pricing, pharmacoepidemiology, and health care provider competition. This past summer, Chris served as a Research Trainee at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics (DoPE) at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. There he worked on a project related to opioid and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment prescribing rates and state-level Medicaid policy. At Yale, Chris serves as the Co-Director of Pharmacy at the HAVEN Free Clinic. He is also a member of the Yale Student Consulting Group through which he works with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) on their imaging staffing models and regulatory concerns. Prior to joining Yale, Chris worked at an international language school and translations company in New York. He has a B.A. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University.



Rita Gilles

Rita Gilles (YLS 2020) is a J.D. candidate interested in healthcare access and quality among underserved communities. She is a 2018-2019 Co-Director of the Yale Health Law & Policy Society, focusing on the Solomon Center’s Medical Legal Partnership programs. During the summer of 2018, Rita is interning with the General Counsel's Office at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Rita earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, and before law school was a consultant with Accenture focused on health and public service.







Isabelle Hanna

Isabelle Hanna (YLS 2020) is interested in food and drug regulation and consumer protection, as well as policies promoting affordable and accessible health systems. She currently serves at a 2018-2019 Co-Director of the Yale Health Law & Policy Society. Prior to law school, she served as a research assistant studying molecular genetics, worked in the finance department at a public hospital, and assisted with federal compliance and fundraising efforts at a federally qualified health center.

Josh Hyman

Josh Hyman (YSM 2021) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. After graduating from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government in 2015, Josh spent two years working as a middle school science teacher in the Bronx through Teach For America. He is interested in the intersection of medicine, law, and public policy, especially as it relates to underserved and vulnerable populations. With the Solomon Center, Josh is investigating the civil-legal needs of patients recently released from incarceration as well as the impact of a Medical-Legal Partnership model on healthcare utilization and patient outcomes.






James Johnston

James Johnston (YSM 2022) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2017 with degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as Statistics. While at Penn State, James conducted basic science research in structural biology and spent two summers as a clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is interested in both the role of new technologies in medicine and how those technologies will be regulated. He is also interested in end of life decision making.

Mitchell Johnston

Mitchell Johnston (YLS 2020) is interested in issues surrounding health insurance markets and design, medical innovation, and FDA law and policy. Prior to starting at Yale, he spent two years at McKinsey & Company and focused on pharmaceutical and medical device R&D and corporate strategy. During that time, he also gained experience in state health insurance reform. He received his B.S.E. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.

Shlomo Klapper

Shlomo Klapper (YLS 2020) is J.D. Candidate at Yale Law School, where he won the Thomas I. Emerson Prize for a distinguished paper related to legislation. He is an adviser at the Cicero Institution and, before starting law school, he worked as a behavioral researcher for Dan Ariely, a Deployment Strategist at Palantir, and a speechwriter at the UN.  He is interested in statutory interpretation and is writing a book on healthcare. He is also an avid fan of squash (the sport), squash (the vegetable), and British sketch comedy. He lives in New Haven with his wife.

 




 

Ike Lee

Ike Lee (YSM 2020) is an M.D. candidate at Yale School of Medicine. His research interests are in policy implementation, health insurance, and administrative law. After college, he worked as a policy advocate at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Policy and Law Innovation, where he focused on private insurance, Medicaid, and Social Security disability issues. He currently works with the Connecticut State Medical Society’s government affairs team. With the Solomon Center, he has written on the opioids crisis, Medicare drug coverage, and FDA regulation. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College.






Joe Liss

Joe Liss (YLS 2020) graduated from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in Economics in 2014 and a Master’s in Public Policy in 2015. Following graduation, he spent two years at the Office of Management and Budget analyzing Medicare payment policy for outpatient hospitals, private insurers, and physicians and focusing on implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Joe has interned for the University of Virginia Health System, where he worked with the data science team to evaluate U.Va.'s Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he supported the Office of the General Counsel in supplier and provider contract drafting and regulatory research.



Ahmad Maaz

Ahmad Maaz (YLS 2018) merges his interest in healthcare advocacy with his personal experiences as an undocumented immigrant. Specifically, he is interested in in cultivating legal and policy solutions to ameliorate the unique challenges confronting undocumented immigrants mired in our healthcare system. Prior to law school, Ahmad community organized as the Director of the Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance, while also working in the biomedical research industry. In addition, he also advocated for patients in the hospital and free health clinic settings. Ahmad has an Associates in Science from Metropolitan Community College-Longview and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Rockhurst University.





William Maher

William Maher (YSPH 2019) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. His primary interests are in health innovation, health justice, and patients’ rights. At Yale, he has provided public health support to legal endeavors to address child lead poisoning and to provide opioid addiction treatment in correctional facilities. In the health innovation space, he has been involved with the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT) and as an InnovateHealth Yale Fellow working on hackathons to address health disparities. William graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology and a minor in English.





Sam Marullo

Sam Marullo (YLS 2020) is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Before coming to Yale, he was the policy director for Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. Previously, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Boston. Sam graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in mathematics and government.



Fatima Mirza

Fatima Mirza is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine and is an MPhil in Public Health candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her experiences with both the Executive Office of the President and the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School reinforced her passion for serving at the nexus of research, clinical care, and policy. She holds a B.A. in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College.



 

Yamini Narayan

Yamini Narayan (YSPH 2020) is pursuing her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy. Her interests include understanding the determinants of national epidemics—such as gun violence and the opioid crisis—and their impacts on health outcomes, as well as quality and cost of care improvement across healthcare systems. Her goal is to develop effective, comprehensive policies that address these issues and ultimately improve health and quality of life for vulnerable populations. Yamini has previously worked in state-level Medicaid policy research at the Hilltop Institute, a non-partisan research organization in Maryland, as well as the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. She received a B.A. in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).



Nicholas Oo

Nicholas Oo (YLS 2020) is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. His interests are in pharmaceutical innovation and regulation, intellectual property, state regulation of medicine, healthcare torts, transnational healthcare economies, and balancing access and innovation. Prior to law school, he was the lead biotechnology analyst at The Invus Group – an investment management firm with over $5 billion under management – where he invested in both publicly traded and private biopharmaceutical companies developing breakthrough therapies for various disease indications in oncology, orphan diseases, hematological disorders, and CNS disorders. As a biotechnology investor, Nicholas worked with companies that developed cutting-edge innovations such as siRNA/oligonucleotide therapeutics, messenger RNA therapeutics, in vivo and ex vivo gene therapies (including CAR-Ts), gene editing, immuno-oncology, and targeted therapy. Nicholas graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Government and a secondary field in Sociology from Harvard College in 2013.



Kelly O’Reilly

Kelly O’Reilly (YLS 2020) is interested in issues surrounding access to health care in underserved communities. Prior to law school, she completed her Ph.D. in History at Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in the history of medicine and the history of social policy. Her dissertation, “‘Of the Poor, by the Poor, or for the Poor’: Community Health Centers and the War on Poverty,” explores the community health center movement of the 1960s. She received her B.A. in History from Columbia University.








Adam Pan

Adam Pan (YLS 2018) is interested in issues at the intersection of biotechnology, clinical medicine, and law. Prior to law school, he received his B.A.Sc. in engineering science from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from MIT. At MIT, Adam was part of a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver vaccines in developing countries.










Allison Rabkin Golden

Allison Rabkin Golden (YLS 2020) is a J.D. student at Yale Law School interested in the intersection of public health, technology, and policy. Before law school she was a Fulbright Scholar in China with the U.S. Department of State. Her professional experience has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She received a B.A. from Yale College.










Christopher Radcliffe

Christopher Radcliffe (YSM 2022) is an M.D. candidate at Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. degree in chemistry in 2017. After graduating, Christopher served as an English teaching assistant in Taiwan through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He is interested in different systems which lead to universal coverage, rights-based approaches to healthcare, and policies that address the needs of the underserved.










Blake Shultz

Blake Shultz (YSM 2020) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. His primary interests are studying the health implications of social policies and the use of law to promote equitable, affordable health care. On campus, Blake is an advocate for student leadership, founding an elective leadership curriculum at the medical school. While receiving his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, he was also involved in outcomes research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and basic science research in neurobiology. With the Solomon Center, Blake is studying the political and cultural forces that drive attention towards certain diseases, particularly in the context of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Erica Turret

Erica Turret (YLS 2020) is interested in improving access to quality, affordable health care particularly for low-income people. She is also interested in reproductive rights and the social determinants of health. She graduated from Princeton University where she majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a focus on health policy. Her senior thesis compared the debates over Medicaid expansion in Arizona and Texas. Following college, she worked as a health care justice fellow at Families USA, a health care advocacy organization in Washington DC. There, she worked on the campaign to defend Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. At YLS, she is a co-director of the Yale Health Law and Policy Society and a member of the Reproductive Rights and Justice Project.




C. Paoro Yin-Blair

Paoro Yin-Blair (SOM 2019) is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management, where she the co-chair of SOM’s Healthcare + Life Sciences Club. She is currently interning with NewYork-Presbyterian, the United States’ top hospital by net revenue, where she is focused on the organization’s corporate strategy. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Paoro was a strategy, management, and technology consultant at both Accenture and The Claro Group. There, her clients were large hospital systems where she helped drive enterprise EMR system implementations and revenue leakage reduction initiatives. Before working in healthcare, Paoro attended the University of Michigan, where she received a B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Paoro is passionate about digital health, interoperability, and patient ownership of their own clinical and financial decisions, and she is interested in integrating law, business, and public policy practices to the industry’s reinvention.

Cheryl Zogg

Cheryl K. Zogg (YSM 2022) is an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health where she is working on her Ph.D. in health services research through the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Apart from the Solomon Center, she is a research fellow with the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Harvard Medical School and a visiting research scientist at Oxford University. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and a Master’s of Health Science (MHS) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in addition to graduate certificates in (1) Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research and (2) Health Finance. Her research interests lie in the intersection of health policy and quality as it pertains to outcomes of surgical patients and differential access to care. She is a grant-funded researcher with more than 80 peer-reviewed papers. In 2018, while a Solomon Center fellow, she was recognized in Forbes 30Under30 for her research in healthcare.

2017-2018 Fellows

Matt Butler

Matt Butler (YLS 2018) is interested in the intersection of criminal law, drug regulation, and public health policy. His current research focuses on the litigation stemming from the opioid crisis. Prior to law school, Matt completed his A.B. in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and his M.A.R. in Religious Ethics at Yale Divinity School.

Ximena Benavides

Ximena Benavides (YLS 2022) is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. degree and was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. Her J.S.D. dissertation addresses, from a legal and policy perspective, the economic incentives of payment models in the U.S. health care system and how they offer medical providers opportunities for self-dealing and wrongdoing. Her theoretical and observational analysis includes a comparative study of multiple-payer health care systems in Asia and Europe, from where she attempts to draw a causal inference between the organizational setups of health care and the costs of fraud and abuse. She received the Kauffman Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship and is currently working on comparative health care systems and the opioid crisis from a overprescription and non-for-quality health care service analysis. She has been a Professor of Private Law in Peru at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Universidad del Pacifico, and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos since she graduated from law school in 2002. She has substantial private practice experience in corporate and finance law of private-public driven industries in Latin America. She worked for Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, in New York, and at the CMS-Grau law firm and Intercorp Group in Lima, Peru. She holds a J.D. and M.A. in Humanities from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.

Eamon Duffy

Eamon Duffy (YSM 2018) is in his fifth year of Yale’s five-year MD-MBA program. While at Yale, his research has focused on multiple myeloma, his extra-curricular time has been dedicated to improving access to health insurance and patient navigation, and his professional work has been with a startup called Butterfly Network. He is the Connecticut State Director of Doctors for America and an active member of their Drug Pricing, Value and Affordability Campaign. With the Solomon Center, Eamon will study the legislative foundations of oncologic care, generic drug pricing, and artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare. Eamon received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Middlebury College.

Sandra Lynne Fryhoffer

(SOM 2019)

Nathan Guevremont

Nathan Guevremont (YLS 2018) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in Music and Psychology with a concentration in Biological Psychology. After college, he spent two years as a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. There, he researched the neurological substrates of addiction, and helped to evaluate comprehensive treatment programs for chronically homeless individuals and individuals involved with the criminal justice system who had co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Joshua Hyman

(YSM 2021)

Rachel Kogan

Rachel Kogan (YLS 2019) graduated from Middlebury College with degrees in Political Science, Global Health, and Spanish. After graduating, she spent two years researching federal health care delivery system reform initiatives, focusing on underserved populations, for NORC at the University of Chicago. She is interested in how the law can be used to reduce health disparities as well as issues around reproductive health care and disability rights.

Ike Lee

Ike Lee (YSM 2020) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. His primary interests are in health insurance markets, Medicare, administrative law, and antitrust. Prior to medical school, he worked as a policy advocate at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Policy and Law Innovation, where he analyzed private insurance schemes and Medicaid. He is also actively engaged in outcomes research in cardiology and emergency medicine. Ike is a strong supporter of proactive physician involvement in the making and implementation of health policy. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College, where he was a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Fatima Mirza

Fatima Mirza (YSM 2020) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. Her experiences with both the Executive Office of the President and the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School reinforced her passion for serving at the nexus of research, clinical care, and public health through media and policy. She holds an M.P.H from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College.

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (YLS 2018) is interested in the impacts of healthcare reforms on health outcomes, and is researching cancer care and the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act with the Solomon Center. Prior to law school, she was the Executive Director of the New York State Afterschool Network, and was selected by City and State as one of Albany’s 40 Under 40 in 2014. Previously, Nora worked in New York healthcare policy at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and on education and women’s issues for the New York State Senate’s Majority Counsel and Program office. She has an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University

Adam Pan

Adam Pan (YLS 2018) is interested in issues at the intersection of biotechnology, clinical medicine, and law. Prior to law school, he received his B.A.Sc. in engineering science from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from MIT. At MIT, Adam was part of a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Suhasini Ravi

Suhasini Ravi (YSPH 2018) is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at the Yale School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Management. She is interested in studying how the law can be utilized as a vehicle for improving access to care, health system payer models, and equitable quality of care in global and domestic environments. Prior to joining Yale, Suhasini worked as an Immigration Assistant at the San Francisco based immigration law firm Berry, Appleman, and Leiden LLP where she gained experience guiding clients through the process of filing H1B visa, Adjustment of Status, and spousal Green Card applications. She obtained her Bachelors in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley where she had the opportunity to work closely with Professor Ann Keller, studying stakeholder engagement with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). During her time at Berkeley, Suhasini was a recipient of the Charles H. Percy grant for Public Affairs research to fund independent research studying media impact on the formation of PCORI.

Blake Shultz

Blake Shultz (YSM 2020) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. His primary interests are studying the health implications of social policies and the use of law to promote equitable, affordable health care. On campus, Blake is an advocate for student leadership, founding an elective leadership curriculum at the medical school. While receiving his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, he was also involved in outcomes research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and basic science research in neurobiology. With the Solomon Center, Blake is studying the political and cultural forces that drive attention towards certain diseases, particularly in the context of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Isra Syed

Isra Syed (YLS 2019) is interested in issues surrounding healthcare policy, environmental justice, and reproductive rights. She is the co-president of Yale Law Students for Reproductive Justice and a clinical student in the Environmental Justice Clinic and the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. Isra earned her B.A. in History from Yale College in 2015.

Kevin Tobia

Kevin Tobia (YLS 2018) is a joint degree student between Yale Law and Philosophy. He pursues research at the intersection of law, philosophy, and cognitive science—most of which is empirically engaged or experimental. The empirical projects build upon or seek to clarify existing empirical work. For example, a recent paper investigates the statistical notion(s) of “practical significance” and defends an appropriate use of practical significance testing in disparate impact litigation. Other projects employ original cognitive science experiments. For example, one ongoing project investigates ordinary concepts of the (true) self and personhood and the factors that affect judgments about peoples' true selves. Another project tests how people categorize natural kinds (e.g. “water” or “salmon”) and how those categorizations might inform our understanding of various entities including GMOs. Kevin graduated from Rutgers University, majoring in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science, and received a Master’s in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Camila Vega

(YLS 2018)

Elizabeth Villarreal

Elizabeth Villarreal (YLS 2019) is the current co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She previously worked as a Yale Law Women Fellow on Senator Blumenthal’s women’s health, reproductive rights, and judiciary committee portfolios. As a clinical student in the Global Health Justice Practicum, Elizabeth researched maternal mortality in the American South. She received her B.A. in History from Yale College.

Claudia Wack

(YLS2018)

Nick Werle

Nick Werle (YLS 2018) is interested in the law and policy governing addiction and illicit drugs. As a member of the Solomon Center, he is working on projects related to the international law of drug control, public-health oriented regulatory design for supplies of psychoactive substances, provision of harm reduction services, and the economics of opioid markets. This drug policy work is conducted in affiliation with the International Drug Policy Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Before joining the Yale Law School’s class of 2018, Nick studied corporate and financial crime as a Marshall Scholar, earning an MSc in economic policy from University College London and an MSc in risk and finance from the LSE. He has also worked as an investigative analyst in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau and taught economic history after graduating from Brown University with a double major in physics and modern critical philosophy. After YLS, Nick will be clerking for Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York and Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cheryl Zogg

Cheryl K. Zogg (YSM 2014) is an MD-PhD candidate at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health where she is working on her PhD in health services research through the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and the Department of Health Policy. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and a Master’s of Health Science (MHS) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in addition to graduate-level certificates in Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research and Health Finance. Her research interests lie in the intersection of health policy and quality as it pertains to outcomes of surgical patients and differential access to care. From a methodological perspective, Cheryl is motivated by the adaptation and validation of novel statistical methodology with the overarching goal of improving clinician approaches to large database research. Prior to medical school, she spent two years as a health services and surgical outcomes researcher with the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She currently works with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at YSM and the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan. To date, she has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and led work on topics ranging from redefining the burden of outpatient minor head injury and concussion surveillance in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assessing the influence of insurance and access to care on disparities in longer-term outcomes among trauma and emergency general surgery patients. She has international experience in health system evaluation and clinical research in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Vietnam, including seven months spent as an international clinical research fellow with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, completed as a part of her master’s degree.

2016-2017 Fellows

James Davis

James Davis (University of North Carolina 2017) is an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. He is interested in combining his passion for law and policy with a desire to diminish health and education disparities. Past projects have focused on community health and well-being. This has included work at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law surrounding Community Justice (which is ongoing) and the study of sex education policies and its correlation to HIV rates, particularly in minority communities. With the Solomon Center, James is researching cancer care with a focus on policies that could affect cancer outcomes.

Elizabeth Dervan- Senior Fellow

Elizabeth Dervan (YLS 2017) is interested in using law and policy to improve access to affordable, equitable health care. She previously served as co-director of the Yale Health Law and Policy Society. Prior to law school, she conducted health economics research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after receiving a B.A. in the History of Science and Medicine from Yale University.

Meera Dhodapkar

Meera Dhodapkar (University of Chicago 2019) is majoring in Biological Sciences and Public Policy Studies. She is a Health Policy Scholar and Clinical Research Assistant at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and she is the Founder of ChicaGO!, a learn to skate program and urban health initiative for children in the South Side of Chicago. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Pre-Medical Students' Association and the South Asian Students' Association, and her primary interests lie in domestic healthcare inequality and global health. Meera is working with the Solomon Center on a project that's evaluating cancer policy and outcomes across various domains, including insurance mandates and cancer prevention policies.

Kyle Edwards

Kyle Edwards (YLS 2018) is interested in issues at the intersection of bioethics, law, and policy. She graduated from Princeton University, where she majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and received a DPhil in Public Health from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation examined the roles of democratic deliberation, scientific expertise, and patient and public involvement in the regulation of emerging biotechnologies in the United Kingdom. At YLS, Kyle is the Director of Programming for the Yale Health Law and Policy Society and an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Through the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Global Health and Justice Practicum, she also works on a case challenging Connecticut officials’ imposition of unjustified Ebola quarantines in 2014.

Susanna Evarts

Susanna Evarts (YLS 2018) graduated from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies. After college, she spent two years conducting research at the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University Medical Center. While there, she researched conflicts of interest at academic medical centers between doctors and pharmaceutical/device companies. She then worked for two years in the Health Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society where she represented clients in administrative legal hearings, Medicaid fraud investigations, and during informal problem resolutions.

Nathan Guevremont

Nathan Guevremont (YLS 2018) graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in Music and Psychology with a concentration in Biological Psychology. After college, he spent two years as a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. There, he researched the neurological substrates of addiction, and helped to evaluate comprehensive treatment programs for chronically homeless individuals and individuals involved with the criminal justice system who had co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Christine Kwon

Christine Kwon(YLS 2017) is interested inissues at the intersection of food law and policy, public health, and consumer protection. She isa clinical student inthe San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and Environmental Protection Clinic. Shehas servedon the boards of the Yale Food Law Society (FoodSoc), the Yale Law Journal, and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), as well as on the Executive Committee of the Food Law StudentNetwork.Christine received her B.A. from Columbia University.

Ike Lee

Ike Lee is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. His primary interests are in health insurance markets, Medicare, administrative law, and antitrust. Prior to medical school, he worked as a policy advocate at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Policy and Law Innovation, where he analyzed private insurance schemes and Medicaid. He is also actively engaged in outcomes research in cardiology and emergency medicine. Ike is a strong supporter of proactive physician involvement in the making and implementation of health policy. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College, where he was a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Ted Lee

Ted Lee (YLS 2018) is interested in law and policy’s power to drive change across sectors and advance equitable health care. Ted's current research includes drug pricing.Prior to law school, Ted worked at Bain & Company and Social Finance, a non-profit mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. Ted earned his B.A. from Yale College.

Fatima Mirza

Fatima Mirza is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine and is an MPhil in Public Health candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her experiences with both the Executive Office of the President and the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School reinforced her passion for serving at the nexus of research, clinical care, and policy. She holds a B.A. in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College.

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (YLS 2018) is interested in the impacts of healthcare reforms on health outcomes, and is researching cancer care and the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act with the Solomon Center. Prior to law school, she was the Executive Director of the New York State Afterschool Network,and was selected by City and State as one of Albany’s 40 Under 40 in 2014. Previously,Noraworked in New York healthcare policy at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and on education and women’s issues for the New York State Senate’s Majority Counsel and Program office.Shehas an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University

Sudhakar Nuti

Sudhakar Nuti is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine and a Masters of Science in Public Health candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His interests lie in caring for disadvantaged populations and applying research, health policy, and public health to promote health equity, contributing to the generation of health systems where health care services are provided equitably to people of different backgrounds and each individual has a fair shot at good health regardless of the context in which he or she lives. Prior to medical school, he spent two years at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation conducting health services and outcomes research, with a focus on highlighting and redressing disparities in health and health care. Some of his projects include studying equity in hospital quality of care for U.S. veterans and differences in health and care for residents in the U.S. territories compared with the states. He also has international experience in health system evaluation and strengthening in China, and in Ethiopia with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. He holds a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Yale College.

Rubén Vega Perez

Rubén is a Yale College senior in the 5-year joint BA/BS/MPH Program at YSPH. He is pursuing a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and an MPH in Health Policy. Rubén is interested in research on health systems and health in the context of human development and human rights. As a visiting research and policy fellow at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca and the Mexican Ministry of Health, Rubén spent a summer analyzing and proposing policy alignments for Mexico’s efforts on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. He is passionate about ending health disparities. He currently works as a research trainee at the Equity Research and Innovation Center at the Yale School of Medicine and is also a Student Fellow of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale. Rubén is also a FlexMed Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, where he will be pursuing an MD after Yale having been admitted as a sophomore.

Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves (YLS 2018) is interested in issues surrounding public health, reproductive freedom, and health care reform. Prior to law school, she worked in Washington, DC at a hospital best practices research firm, then as the National Partnerships Director at Young Invincibles, an advocacy organization dedicated to expanding health care access for young adults. Rachel is a clinical student in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and serves on the boards of the Yale Food Law Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Black Law Students Association. Rachel received an A.B. in Urban Studies from Brown University.

Blake Shultz

Blake Shultz is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. His primary interests are studying the health implications of social policies and the use of law to promote equitable, affordable health care. On campus, Blake is an advocate for student leadership, founding an elective leadership curriculum at the medical school. While receiving his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, he was also involved in outcomes research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and basic science research in neurobiology. With the Solomon Center, Blake is studying the political and cultural forces that drive attention towards certain diseases, particularly in the context of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative.

2015-2016 Fellows

Elizabeth Dervan

Elizabeth Dervan (YLS 2017) is interested in using law and policy to improve access to affordable, equitable health care, andcurrently serves as the Co-Director of the Yale Health Law & Policy Society and as a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Prior to law school, she conducted health economics research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after receiving a B.A. in the History of Science and Medicine from Yale University.

Nathan Nash

Nathan Nash (YLS 2017) worked for two years at HHS prior to coming to Yale. His primary interests are in consumer-side issues and insurance markets, although, as a recovering biology major, he also enjoys exploring the role of scientific research and evidence in healthcare policy.

Sudhakar Nuti

Sudhakar Nuti is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine and a Masters of Science in Public Health candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His interests lie in caring for disadvantaged populations and applying research, health policy, and public health to promote health equity, contributing to the generation of health systems where health care services are provided equitably to people of different backgrounds and each individual has a fair shot at good health regardless of the context in which he or she lives. Prior to medical school, he spent two years at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation conducting health services and outcomes research, with a focus on highlighting and redressing disparities in health and health care. Some of his projects include studying equity in hospital quality of care for U.S. veterans and differences in health and care for residents in the U.S. territories compared with the states. He also has international experience in health system evaluation and strengthening in China, and in Ethiopia with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. He holds a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Yale College.

Marina Romani

Marina Romani (YLS 2016) has an undergraduate degree in biology from Dartmouth. She has worked for the FDA and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, and after graduation will join Sidley Austin's FDA and health law practice in DC.

Emma Roth

Emma Roth (YLS 2017) is focused on reproductive rights law and women's health. She is a clinical student in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the Global Health Justice Practicum and serves as co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to law school, Roth received a B.A. from Brown University and worked with a pro bono group representing Mississippi's last abortion clinic in its efforts to stay open.

Former Affiliated Scholars & Practitioners


Emily A. Benfer

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Emily A. Benfer is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy. Prior to joining Yale Law School, Professor Benfer was a Clinical Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. Professor Benfer founded and directed of the award-winning Health Justice Project, a fully integrated medical-legal partnership (MLP) clinic that engaged providers, medical residents, graduate students, and lawyers to address the social determinants of poor health for over 3,000 families and individuals through direct representation and policy change. As a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic at Georgetown Law Center, she served as a legislative lawyer in the successful campaign to pass the ADA Amendments Act and represented Workplace Flexibility 2010 in legislative advocacy involving low-wage workers and family and medical leave. In practice, Professor Benfer has engaged in direct representation, class action litigation, grassroots organizing and federal and state policy reform in multiple areas of public interest law, including homelessness, special education, housing, disability, and public benefits, at civil legal aid and non-profit organizations. As co-principal of Health Justice Innovations, LLC, she has supported numerous hospitals, law schools, and nonprofits in starting interprofessional partnerships to advance community health and engaged in pro bono advocacy to advance lead poisoning prevention measures. She served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and a Peace Corps volunteer. Professor Benfer was named one of Chicago’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Law Journal, Legal Freedom Fighter by Rocket Matter, and received the Health Innovator Award and the inaugural Schweitzer Leadership Award for her work to achieve health equity and social justice, among numerous commendations for her commitment to social justice. Professor Benfer earned her JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and LLM from Georgetown Law Center. Professor Benfer’s health justice scholarship is available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1309580.



Greg Curfman

Senior Advisor and Physician Scholar in Residence

Dr. Greg Curfman is the Senior Advisor and Physician Scholar in Residence for the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. Curfman is also the Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School. Curfman previously served as the Executive Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, where he founded Perspective, the journal’s lead section that focuses on the intersection between medicine and society, including health policy, health law, and health-care reform. He teaches health care policy at Harvard Medical School and serves as the Health Care Policy and Law Editor forJAMA Internal Medicine.

In addition to writing scores of editorials and Perspective articles for The New England Journal of Medicine, Curfman has given testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as contributing amicus briefs in Supreme Court health law cases.

Curfman is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham Women’s Hospital. He directed the Coronary Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and was the medical director of the Cardiovascular Health Center, a heart disease prevention program at Massachusetts General Hospital.



Tamar Ezer

Clinical Lecturer in Law, Visiting Human Rights Scholar

Tamar Ezer is the Associate Director, Lecturer in Law, and Practitioner-in-Residence with the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. At Yale Law School in 2017-2018 she served as a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Visiting Human Rights Scholar with the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. She previously served as Executive Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of the Law and Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program, where her work focused on legal advocacy to advance health and human rights in Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. She was also a teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and taught International Women’s Rights at Tulane Law School’s summer program. Additionally, she clerked for Judge Robert Sweet at the Southern District of New York and Justice Dorit Beinisch at the Supreme Court of Israel. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and LL.M. in Advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center. At Harvard, she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She has written about the intersection of health and human rights, access to justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, and human rights pedagogy. Her articles have been published in various journals, including the Yale Human Rights and Development Journal, Harvard’s Health and Human Rights Journal, the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, the European Journal of Health Law, and the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

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Javier García Amez

Research Scholar in Residence

Javier García Amez holds a B.A. degree in Law, an M.A in Health Law and Bioethics, and a PhD in Law, as well as a Diploma in Health Law and Bioethics. He began his teaching career at Oviedo University in Spain at the Faculty of Law with the Administrative Law Department and at the Faculty Padre Ossó with the Social Education Program. Additionally, he is a lawyer at the Vital Alvarez Buylla Hospital in Mieres where he is the responsible for the Public Procurements Department. He also works as a lawyer at the Health Department of Principado de Asturias in the medical liability department and teaches criminal law at Oviedo University´s Law School. Since 2015, he has served as Junior Faculty Scholar in Human Rights in Patient Care through an ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region) and OSF (Open Society Foundations) program. Previously, Javier was a legal adviser at the Central University Hospital of Asturias, research fellow and training professor at the Administrative Law Department at Oviedo University, and legal adviser at the Bioethics Committee of the Health Area IV of Asturias. He was a visiting research scholar at both Harvard Law School and Konstanz University in Germany. His research focuses on the intersection of health care and privacy, the right to forgo medical treatment, health data protection, clinical trials, medical tourism, and human rights in patient care.



Claudia Haupt

Lecturer in Law and Graduate Research Fellow

Claudia Haupt is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School as well as a Resident Fellow with the Information Society Project, and a Graduate Research Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy. Her current work is situated at the intersection of the First Amendment, professional responsibility, health law, and torts in the context of professional speech. Before coming to Yale, Haupt was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School and, prior to that, taught professional responsibility, jurisprudence, and comparative constitutional law at George Washington University Law School. She previously clerked at the Regional Court of Appeals of Cologne and practiced law at the Cologne office of the law firm of Graf von Westphalen, with a focus in information technology law. She is admitted to practice in Germany and New York. Haupt has published articles in journals including the Yale Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. Her book, Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.



Margaret M. Middleton (Veterans MLP)

Margaret M. Middleton is the legal supervisor at the Veterans MLP. She is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She also serves as Executive Director of The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center in New Haven, a nonprofit she founded that provides free legal services to low-income military veterans and educates the public on important issues facing the veterans’ community. Previously, she was a Fellow at David Rosen and Associates in New Haven and a law clerk to The Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, CT. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the New York University School of Law.



Sharon Pope

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Sharon Pope was previously the legal supervisor at the palliative care MLP. She has particular expertise in elder and disability law. She is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the Settlement Planning Committee and has earned certification as a Medicare Set-Aside Consultant. She was formerly a principal at CzepigaDalyPope, a Connecticut law firm with full elder law & estate planning capabilities and an in-house trust department. The firm is particularly trained in the nuances of trust and estate law and the many fiduciary duties that must be adhered to. Pope currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Elder Law Section, the Estates and Probate Section, and the Veteran's and Military Affairs Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association and is the Past Chair of the Elder Law Section. In 2006, she was awarded the Pro Bono Award by the CBA. Pope is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the CLE committee. She has presented programs nationally on topics relevant to settlement planning and has authored articles of interest to the members of CTLA. Pope was appointed Professor Emeritus status at the University of Hartford when she took an early retirement in order to practice law. She is frequently invited to speak on topics of interest and is active in the community. She contributes to many nonprofit organizations, including the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and Easter Seals Capital and Eastern District. Pope is an adjunct professor at UConn Law School teaching an Elder Law clinic. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.



George P. Smith

Research Scholar in Residence June 2017

George P. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Law at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University. Smith's research explores the intersections of law, science, and medicine as they relate to the normative standards of modernity arising from the new biological revolution. With nearly 200 entries in his bibliography, one of his 15 books—The Christian Religion and Biotechnology(Elgar Press, 2005)—was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the Gitzelter Prize for original scholarship on the topic of biological determinism at the 10th World Congress on Medical Law in Jerusalem, Israel, in l994. In l984, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in Law, Science, and Medicine. He has had various research affiliations over his career, including with the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Center for the Study of Society and Medicine; the University of Chicago, Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; the Hoover Institution; the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard; Princeton University Theological Seminary; the Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg; the Lauterpacht Institution, Cambridge University; and the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. He holds a B.S. in Business Economics and Public Policy and a J.D. from Indiana University, as well as an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and was awarded an LL.D., honoris causa, from Indiana University.



Michael R. Ulrich

Research Scholar, Senior Fellow in Health Law, Lecturer in Law

Michael R. Ulrich is a past Research Scholar, Senior Fellow in Health Law, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Before joining the law school, he worked as a bioethicist in the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health, where he reviewed clinical research protocols and grants and performed ethics consultations. Other projects included identifying and analyzing ethical issues in HIV cure research, addressing problems with international specimen sharing, and ways to improve tailoring HIV research to vulnerable populations. Prior to the NIH, Ulrich received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was heavily involved in their nationally ranked Health Law program, served as the Manuscripts Editor for theJournal of Health Care Law & Policy, and earned the Public Service Award. He also earned an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in their Law and Public Health program. His articles have been published in theYale Journal of Law & Feminism,George Washington International Law Review,Michigan State University Journal of Medicine & Law, and American Journal of Bioethics, among others. His scholarly interests primarily focus on the intersection of law, public health, and bioethics.

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Kristen Underhill

Associate Research Scholar and Fellow in Law and Health

Kristen Underhill is a past Associate Research Scholar and Fellow in Law and Health at Yale Law School. Her research interests are in health law, torts, administrative law, insurance, products liability, food and drug law, the empirical analysis of law, and related areas. She is principal investigator of a five-year research grant from the National Institutes of Health, which focuses on HIV risk and access to biomedical technologies for HIV prevention among male sex workers and men who have sex with men. She was also an affiliate of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She was previously an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in public health at Brown University, in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (2009-2011).



Megan Wright,Research Fellow and Senior Advisor

Megan Wright is a Research Fellow and Senior Advisor, Center for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Project, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She is also a Postdoctoral Associate in Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. Wright was previously the Law and Social Science Research Fellow at the James E. Rogers College of Law, where she collaborated on multiple empirical legal research studies, one of which was recognized for excellence by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. She also had an appointment as the Qualitative Analyst at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) at the University of Arizona, and she collaborated with a team studying juvenile drug courts that implemented the Reclaiming Futures model. Wright’s research on disability, end-of-life law, and research on human subjects is at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics, and has been published in many academic journals. Wright earned a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Arizona.


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