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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 is also Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale Medical School and a Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. Professor Gluck 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.
Katherine L. Kraschel, Executive Director, Lecturer in Law, Clinical 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-edited the December 2018 issue of Seminars in Perinatalogy, which explored CRISPR gene editing technology. She is also interested in non-profit law, higher education, and governance. In 2018, the American Bar Association named Kraschel among the "Top 40 Young Lawyers," and in 2016, Kraschel was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the "40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40."
Ryan Knox, Senior Research Fellow
Ryan Knox is a Senior Research Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. Previously, Knox was an associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York City, where he worked on a variety of employment, privacy, and healthcare matters. His research interests include healthcare regulation, prescription drug pricing and competition, health privacy, and access to medicines. Knox’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, and Diabetic Medicine. He holds a B.S. in Health Science from Boston University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was Co-Chair of the Health Law and Policy Society and received a Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding service to the law school.
Laura C. Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow
Laura C. Hoffman is a Senior Research Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. Prior to joining the Center, Hoffman worked as an Assistant Professor of Law/Faculty Researcher for Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and Policy where her work focused on research projects aimed at making policy changes to improve healthcare access for people with disabilities and children. Previously, Hoffman worked for Data Federal Corporation as a contract Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in the Cleveland, Ohio field office. She drafted appellate decisions for Administrative Law Judges involving legal disputes over Medicare payments. Hoffman earned her S.J.D. in Health Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2012. Additionally, she holds a LL.M.in Child and Family Law also from Loyola and a second LL.M. in Law and Government from American University Washington College of Law. Hoffman earned her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law in 2007. Graduating cum laude and a distinguished graduate of the Class of 2004, she earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Hoffman’s legal scholarship has been published in numerous law reviews and journals exploring legal and ethical issues in Disability Law, children’s health and education, and telemedicine.
James Bhandary-Alexander, MLP Legal Director, Clinical Lecturer in Law, and Research Scholar
James Bhandary-Alexander is the Legal Director of the Medical Legal Partnership at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Research Scholar at Yale Law School. Previously, he worked as an attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance, where he represented clients in labor and employment, housing, public benefits, police misconduct, and civil rights cases, and as the Thomas Emerson Fellow at the law firm of David Rosen & Associates. Bhandary-Alexander also served as co-chair of Connecticut’s Low-Wage Employer Advisory Board and on the state’s Task Force on Domestic Workers. In 2016, he received the Micah Award from the Naugatuck Valley Project and the Brazilian Worker Center; and in 2019, he received the Unsung Hero Award from the Morris and Irmgard Wessel Fund. He has been interviewed about his cases by the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Sports Illustrated, In These Times, the Hartford Courant, and many other publications. Bhandary-Alexander was a Public Interest Law Scholar at the Northeastern University School of Law, where received his JD, and graduated with degrees in History and Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eugene Rusyn, Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow
Eugene Rusyn ’17 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 include health 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.
Jessenia Khalyat, Program Coordinator
Jessenia Khalyat is the Program Coordinator for the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. Before joining the center, Jessenia worked at Sterling Memorial Library as a Project Assistant, helping to execute a large-scale, multi-library reorganization project and improve access to collections. She graduated from Yale College and majored in psychology, with a particular interest in child development and mental health. As a student, she pursued these interests as a founding member and Director of the Yale chapter of Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children in families impacted by cancer. Jessenia also served as the Operations Coordinator for Residential Life at Yale Summer Session, and as the student Development Coordinator for Dwight Hall at Yale, the center for public service and social justice.
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. He is also the Deputy Editor of JAMA and former Health Care Policy and Law Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Curfman previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School, a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical Schooland a member of the affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School. Curfman also 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.
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.
Joseph Fins, Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics, and the Law
Dr. 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, Dr. Fins continues his work with YLS students on legal issues related to patients with severe brain injuries. Dr. 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.
Dr. 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).
Dr. 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.
Aaron S. Kesselheim, Visiting Professor of Law and Solomon Center Distinguished Visitor
Aaron S. Kesselheim is a Visiting Professor of Law and Solomon Center Distinguished Visitor at Yale Law School, as well as a 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.
Nina A. Kohn, Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law
Nina A. Kohn is the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law. She is also the David M. Levy Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. Kohn is a leading authority in elder law and the civil rights of older adults. Her research focuses on how the law shapes and responds to the experience of growing older and the needs of older adults. She regularly writes for both academic and non-academic audiences, and her work has appeared in diverse fora including the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of Elder Law: Practice, Policy & Problems (Wolters Kluwer, 2d ed. 2020). Kohn served in Reporter for the Third Revision of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act and has testified about guardianship abuse before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Her current public interest roles include, among others, Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Group on the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act; Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Concluding Provisions project; and Director of the Aging, Law, and Society Collaborative Research Network. Kohn earned her earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos, Senior Research Fellow – International Right to Health
Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos is an assistant professor of law at the Institute of Education and Research (Insper) in São Paulo, Brazil. She researches and writes about social and economic rights in Latin America, with a focus on the right to health and health litigation. Her scholarship combines social sciences and law to study these topics empirically, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Natalia's research has twice been commissioned by the Brazilian National Council of Justice, first as a field coordinator for the largest empirical study on health litigation in Brazil, then as a lead coordinator for a nationwide study on litigating the right to social security. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Brazilian Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, and Public Law. Natalia holds a Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of São Paulo and an LLM from Yale Law School, as well as two Bachelor's degrees in Law and Social Sciences. She has also served as a Fox International Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and as a Student Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.
Zachary E. Shapiro, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Advisor, Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Project
Zachary E. Shapiro 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.
Jason A. Levitis, Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Jason A. Levitis '05 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.
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 is also a partner in the healthcare practice group at King & Spalding in Washington, DC. Mr. McElvain 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. Mr. McElvain received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from Williams College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Christen Linke Young, Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Christen Linke Young ‘09 is a fellow with the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Solomon Center. Her research primarily concerns how Americans get health care coverage, how that coverage is financed, and how the health care system can be improved to make coverage affordable and accessible to more people. Previously, she was the Principal Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where she focused on developing cross-agency initiatives, implementing innovative policy solutions, and providing day-to-day operational leadership of the Department. She also previously held a number of roles in the federal government. She was Principal Deputy Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the agency within the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services that oversees private health insurance initiatives. In addition, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Health at the White House and the Director of Coverage Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Health Reform. She began her career in government as a policy analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale Law School.
Medical Legal Partnerships (MLPs)
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 an M.D. 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. Smith is the Executive Director at New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA). Prior to joining LAA, Smith was an attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid for six years, where she practiced in the education and employment units. Smith 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.
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 B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from Duke University, and a M.A.S. from the University of California, San Francisco.
Faculty & Scholars in Residence
Distinguished Medical Fellow Scholar at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy
Maen D. Abou Ziki, M.D., is a Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University/Yale New Haven Hospital. Since medical school, Dr. Abou Ziki has been involved in genetic medicine research with projects encompassing genomics and gene therapy. He continues his genetics research in the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center. He also has strong interest in the complex social, ethical, and legal questions that advances in genetic technology have given rise to. For instance, the consequences of genome editing with CRISPR are currently dominated by uncertainty. The concerns for misuse are not only ethical but also touch upon human rights, security, and geopolitics. This is one of many rapidly changing landscapes that will benefit from physician-scientist leadership to help guide the responsible use of these technologies, and their ethical application in humans against discriminatory practices.
Anne L. Alstott
Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation
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.
Deputy Dean and William K. Townsend Professor of Law
Ian Ayres '86 is a lawyer and an economist. He is Deputy Dean and the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale’s School of Management. Professor Ayres has been a columnist for Forbes magazine, a commentator on public radio’s Marketplace, and a contributor to the New York Times’ Freakonomics Blog. His research has been featured on PrimeTime Live, Oprah and Good Morning America and in Time and Vogue magazines. Ian is a co-founder of stickK.com, a web site that helps you stick to your goals. In 2020, Harvard University Press published Ian’s twelfth book, “Disarmed By Choice: Liberating Individuals to Reduce Gun Violence” (with Fredrick Vars). Ian has also published over 100 articles on a wide range of topics including several empirical studies. In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His book with Greg Klass, Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent, won the 2006 Scribes book award “for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year.” Professor Ayres has been ranked as one of the most prolific and most-cited law professors of his generation. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, received his B.A. (majoring in Russian studies and economics) and J.D. from Yale and his Ph.D in economics from M.I.T.
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.
Elizabeth H. Bradley
President, Vassar College
Elizabeth H. Bradley, Ph.D., the eleventh President of Vassar College, 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. Until 2017, Dr. Bradley served as the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, the Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, and the Head of Branford College at Yale. Dr. Bradley has a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in health economics and health policy.
Associate Professor of Public Health and Economics
Zack Cooper is an Associate 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 Ph.D. from the London School of Economics where re remains a Faculty Associate at the school’s Centre for Economic Performance.
Randi Hutter Epstein
Writer in Residence for the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale Medical School
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
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Public Health, Economics and Management
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 Department of Economics. 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.
Professor of Mediceine & Director of the Cancer Outcomes Public Policy and Effectiveness Research
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.
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 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.
Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy
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 M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of Health Policy and Management and his Th.M. 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.
Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership
Amy Kapczynski '03 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.
Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center Scholar; Faculty, Program on Biomedical Ethics, Yale Medical School
Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D., 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.
Lecturer in Law
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. Latham has also taught business ethics at the Yale School of Management as well as 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.
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 Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, Seminars 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.
Solomon Center Scholar in Animal Law, Ethics & Health; Executive Direrctor of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program
Viveca Morris is the Solomon Center Scholar in Animal Law, Ethics & Health as well as an Associate Research Scholar in Law and the Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School. Morris founded the Law, Ethics & Animals Program in partnership with Faculty Co-Directors Doug Kysar and Jonathan Lovvorn. Her research focuses on the legal, moral, and scientific questions raised by humanity’s treatment of non-human creatures, and on how insights from multiple disciplines, the power of storytelling, and the force of law can together be leveraged to address industrialized abuses of animals, people and the environment. Morris co-hosts and co-produces the Yale University podcast "When We Talk About Animals,” which features in-depth interviews with leading thinkers about animals and what it means to be human.
Fiona Scott Morton
Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management
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 Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. economists who provided the economic analysis critical to enforcing competitor law.
Douglas G. NeJaime
Professor of Law
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 he 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.
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.
Tom R. Tyler
Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology
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). Professor Tyler 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, he 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.
Solomon Student Fellows
Moid Ali (YSPH 2020) is pursuing a MPH in health policy at the Yale School of Public Health. His interests lie at the intersection of public policy, ecosocial theory, and health services research, with a particular emphasis on Medicaid and the wellbeing of marginalized populations. This past summer, Moid interned with the Delivery Systems Strategy team at Kaiser Permanente, where he worked to align health system planning with a vision of total health among high-need populations. Moid currently works a student director at HAVEN Free Clinic and contributes to research at the Yale Medicaid Lab. Moid earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ximena Benavides (YLS 2022) is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also received her LL.M. Her work focuses on health care institutional corruption, institutional design and policy, collective empowerment of patients, and innovation in health care. Currently, she is an Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, a Resident Fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School researching on healthcare and technology, and a Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University working on contemporary health policy analysis. She is also a teaching fellow for the healthcare curriculum of the M.B.A. programs at Yale School of Management. Previously, at Yale, she was a Graduate Policy Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale researching on Puerto Rico health care disparate treatment, an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy, and a Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. She is a legal scholar from Peru, where she earned her B.A. in Humanities and law degree from Universidad Católica del Perú. Before coming to Yale for her doctoral studies, she was a Law Professor in Peru, and practiced corporate and international law in New York and Lima.
Rachel Besse (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Her primary interests include domestic and international reproductive health, and the intersection of education and healthcare policies, specifically within the K-12 student population. Prior to YSPH, Rachel was a research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, where she studied exclusionary discipline practices in the K-12 student population and their disparate impacts on students of color and with minority gender identities. She was also active with the grassroots lobbying organization Population Connection, where she lobbied to improve access to reproductive healthcare and education for families around the globe. In the upcoming school year, Rachel will be an Executive Manager for the Yale School of Public Health Student Consulting Group, where she previously worked on a strategic planning committee recommendation with New Haven Public Schools. Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Environmental Public Health.
Christian Bradley (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Christian spent two years working as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She is passionate about expanding access to essential medicines and improving health outcomes in underrepresented and disadvantaged populations globally. This past summer, Christian worked within the National Health Service (NHS) in England to help develop an Inclusion Strategy from a commissioning framework that will actively promote diversity and equality among stakeholders (patients, staff, and organizations) across Central Sussex and East Surrey. At Yale, she has served as the Community Outreach Chair as part of the Black Graduate Network at Yale (BGN) and a member of the Pharmacy department at HAVEN Free Clinic. Christian graduated from Howard University with a degree in Biology.
Danny Briggi (SOM 2020) is an M.B.A. Candidate at the Yale School of Management whose primary interests lie in expanding access to and improving quality of healthcare – particularly for injection drug users, persons affected by homelessness or incarceration, and those who are otherwise marginalized. He graduated from The University of Miami in 2015 with a degree in economics and completed three years at The Miller School of Medicine prior to enrolling in the M.B.A. program at Yale. As a medical student, Danny was Co-Director of The Mitchell Wolfson Department of Community Service, which provides screenings and specialty care to over 2,500 patients annually in South Florida. He also performed international medical volunteer work in the Dominican Republic during both 2016 and 2017. Danny interned under Congresswoman Donna Shalala this summer and plans to return to medical school after graduation, eventually incorporating both system administration and healthcare policy into his career as a practicing physician.
Mary Charlotte Carroll
Mary Charlotte Carroll (YLS 2020) is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. She is interested in the current U.S. healthcare system’s impact on an ever-aging population and the choices families face when loved ones require long-term care. Mary Charlotte is a member of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, in which she works on litigation related to the opioid epidemic, and a former member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, where she focused on prisoners’ rights litigation. She is also a Notes & Comments Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, Mary Charlotte earned an M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge. She graduated from Rice University in 2016 with a degree in History and Asian Studies.
William “Will” Cheung (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Healthcare Management at the Yale School of Public Health through the joint BA-BS/MPH program. He is passionate about advancing patient-centered healthcare through value-based payments, managed care techniques, and integrated social, behavioral, and health services. This past summer he worked at Manatt Health Strategies, a division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP as a consultant on the North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care transformation project. In his role he helped to define how Medicaid dollars in the state would be spent to address social determinants of health. At Yale, he has been involved with HAVEN Free Clinic and Community Health Educators. Will received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College.
Saskia Comess (GSAS 2020) is a Master’s candidate in the department of Statistics and Data Science and received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Yale School of Public Health in 2019. She is interested in the intersection of environmental health, data analysis and public policy, particularly with regards to regulating toxic air emissions and tracking associated health hazards. Saskia graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a degree in Science, Technology & Society and a minor in Mathematics.
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.
Tal Gurevich (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H candidate in Health Care Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Prior to YSPH, as a Senior Associate at Healthcare Management Partners (HMP), a healthcare advisory firm, she worked with organizations navigating current or anticipated financial challenges. She has also provided litigation support in a broad range of healthcare disputes. These experiences sparked her interest at the intersection of healthcare management, policy and law, especially as it relates to the implications of distressed healthcare organizations on their communities, and the role effective management plays in their mitigation. Tal has previously worked in the U.K and has a background in change management and communications. She received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Warwick University.
Isabelle Hanna (YLS 2020) is interested in food and drug regulation and consumer protection, as well as policies promoting affordable and accessible health systems. At Yale she served as 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.
Tyler Harvey (YSPH 2020) is a M.P.H. candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. His interest focus on understanding the various determinants of health for marginalized communities and finding ways to restructure delivery systems to best enable health equity. Prior to beginning at YSPH, Tyler acted as a Thomas J. Watson fellow where he traveled to six low- and middle-income countries to better understand healthcare delivery systems for populations living in poverty. Outside of coursework, Tyler is a current Executive Director of HAVEN Free Clinic. Tyler has a B.A. in Urban and Community Health from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
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.
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 (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.
Caroline Lawrence (YLS 2021) is a J.D. candidate fascinated by the intersection of neuroscience, ethics, and the law. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in cognitive science and government from Franklin and Marshall College, working along the way in alternative dispute resolution and software development. Caroline currently works with the Division of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, studying legal implications for brain-computer interfaces.
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.
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 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 policy, specifically in the realm of oncology. She holds a B.A. in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College and an M.P.H. from the University of Cambridge.
Helen Moore (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. She is primarily interested in assessing health care access barriers in vulnerable populations and legislative advocacy. In the past, Helen worked in LA County on the Healthy People 2020 Campaign focusing on Asian refugees and access issues around behavioral health services. More recently, she has been working on economic and social policy as a fellow at the General Assembly and a member of the 2Gen Benefits Cliffs Advisory Committee. With the Center for Children’s Advocacy, she has also worked on policy to expand health care access to undocumented children in Connecticut. Over the summer, Helen was a Presidential Public Service Fellow at Yale and worked with NHS of New Haven studying the intersection of built environments, community organizing, and health. Helen graduated from Binghamton University in 2018 with degrees in Africana Studies, Psychology and English Literature.
Krishna Naik (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Global Health at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in health outcomes related to gender-based violence, gun violence and mass incarceration. Through her work, Krishna commits to centering marginalized populations by addressing social determinants of health. At Yale, she volunteers in the Social Services department at HAVEN Free Clinic. Additionally, during the academic year, she serves as an intern at Project Longevity, a community organization seeking to reduce gun violence in New Haven. Krishna recently joined the Women’s Refugee Commission as a research unit intern. In this role, she supports projects addressing child marriage and other inequities related to sexual and reproductive health within conflict affected populations. Krishna graduated from the University of Florida in Spring 2018 with a B.S in Psychology.
Cara Newlon (YLS 2021) is interested in mental health policy, lowering drug prices, disability rights, and ensuring underserved populations have access to affordable healthcare. Prior to law school, she worked as a political communications consultant for a variety of healthcare-focused clients, including a non-profit challenging unmerited pharmaceutical patents and large labor unions suing pharmaceutical companies in response to the opioid epidemic. She also assisted labor groups in planning and publicizing protests during the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Before working in political communications, she spent two years as a public relations consultant for blue-chip pharmaceutical companies. Her writing on disability rights and healthcare topics has been published in USA TODAY, Forbes, and ABCNews.com.
Harry Newman-Plotnick (YSM 2022) graduated in ’18 from Harvard College with a B.A. in Neurobiology on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track and a secondary in Mathematical Sciences. While there he engaged in cognitive science research examining how transcranial electrical stimulation can improve a person’s memory. Since arriving at Yale he has become increasingly interested in the systems that are involved, for better or worse, in translating cutting-edge research into affordable and accessible modern therapeutics. Specifically, he is interested in the regulation of both pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is equally happy to discuss either these topics or the state of his cats.
Jeremy Pincus (SOM 2020, YSPH 2020) is a joint degree candidate at both Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Public Health. His primary interest sits at the intersection of publicly-funded and privately-funded healthcare, specifically Medicare and Medicaid contracting in large provider organizations. At Yale, Jeremy has served on the Yale Healthcare Conference planning committee and various Title IX oversight committees. This past summer he was a Summer Consultant at The Chartis Group in New York City. Prior to coming to Yale, Jeremy worked at Advocate Health Care, one of the largest healthcare providers in Illinois. While at Advocate, Jeremy spent time on various population health initiatives, largely focused on contract performance and administration in government-sponsored programs. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Health and Societies.
Taara Prasad is an M.P.H. candidate (YSPH 2020) at the Yale School of Public Health. With internship and work experience in public policy and law, she pursued public health to understand how policies impact women's health. Since being at Yale, her interests expanded to include understanding how infectious diseases, autoimmune conditions, and cancers affecting women, impact birth outcomes. She hopes to merge her epidemiology and policy interests by using evidence informed policies to increase access to health services, vaccination, disease screening, and women's sexual and reproductive health education. While at Yale, she has been a Master's student consultant for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, a teaching fellow in Yale College, a research associate in the Rheumatology department, a graduate research assistant in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences department, and a graduate assistant at the Yale Title IX Office. Taara graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2017 with her Bachelor's of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development, and two minors in Forensics and Criminality and Political Science.
Jishian Ravinthiran (YLS 2021) views healthcare access and quality as a social justice issue. As such, he is interested in addressing systemic factors that constrain individuals’ health and wellbeing, particularly with respect to marginalized communities. During the summer of 2019, Jishian is interning with the Health Care Division and Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau of the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey. Before law school, he completed a M.Sc. in Psychiatry at McGill University, through which he researched the experiences of Asian immigrant LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and their needs in mental health and social support services. He also graduated from McGill with a B.Sc. in Psychology.
Christopher Schenck (YSM 2022) is an M.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. Before medical school, he completed his B.S. in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and was a Whitaker fellow in Auckland, New Zealand. Christopher is interested in firearm violence prevention, and the intersection of research and advocacy.
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.
Ruochen Sun (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interest is applying economic models to improve evidence-driven health policy. Her research focuses on addiction policy and aging policy, including the retirement and pension policy as well as the design of long-term care insurance. Before coming to Yale, she worked as an intern in the China National Health And Development Research Center, where she conducted research on the cost-effectiveness of Da Vinci Surgery Robot and provided policy recommendation on the introducing, pricing and supervision of medical equipment in China. She was also an RA in the University of Pennsylvania Health Equity and Policy Lab where she conducted research on developing health capability approach to measure global health inequity. She has a B.A. in Economics from China and an M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Thier (YLS 2020) is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a degree in political science. He is interested in the history, politics, and law of health care.
Lauren Trujillo (YLS 2021) is a J.D. candidate interested in the intersection of biomedical technology, intellectual property and law as well as health policy. Her experience as a leukemia survivor deeply informs these interests. She currently serves as Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Lauren graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to starting at YLS, she worked as a fundraising campaign manager for the nonprofit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in administration in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine departments at the University of Colorado Hospital.
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 previously co-directed the Yale Health Law and Policy Society and a member of the Reproductive Rights and Justice Project.
Claire Young (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H. candidate in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease at the Yale School of Public Health. She received her B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale College with a concentration in Global Health Studies. She is passionate about increasing access to medical care, reducing the burden of vaccine-preventable illness, and health system strengthening, particularly in low-resourced environments and conflict zones. She is also interested in promoting transparency with regards to drug pricing, control and patent law (especially for antibiotics). She has worked on infectious disease surveillance at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention office in Burkina Faso, Congenital Zika Syndrome at the Brazilian Ministry of Health, maternal and child health at UNICEF, and the Access Vaccines Campaign at Médecins Sans Frontières. At Yale, she has researched war and civil strife at the Political Violence Fieldlab and cost-effectiveness of efforts to eradicate HIV, TB and malaria for the Global Fund.
Parmida Zarei (YSPH 2020) is an M.P.H candidate in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. This past summer, she worked as a research intern at Northwestern Medicine evaluating the balance and timing of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep on weight change in postpartum women. At Yale, she serves on the Women’s Mental Health Conference planning committee and conducts research on health communication interventions for improving lung and colorectal cancer screening among minority populations. Her primary interests are in preventive medicine, health services research, and women’s health.
Mary Zhao (SOM 2020, YSPH 2020) is a dual M.B.A./MPH degree student at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in exploring the impact of large hospital M&As on pricing and quality of care in the US. Mary is a Registered Nurse with experience in Cardiology, Nephrology, and Oncology. She has additional healthcare experience in operations improvement, revenue cycle transformation, and supply chain enhancement in integrated delivery networks and academic medical centers. Mary holds a BScN, summa cum laude, from McMaster University in Canada.
Biruktawit “Birdy” Assefa, Yale School of Public Health '19
Joy Chen, Yale School of Public Health '20
Leila Ensha, Yale School of Public Health '20
Christopher Fanikos, Yale School of Public Health '19
Rita Gilles, Yale Law School '20
Isabelle Hanna, Yale Law School '20
Josh Hyman, Yale School of Medicine '21
James Johnston, Yale School of Medicine '22
Mitchell Johnston, Yale Law School '20
Shlomo Klapper, Yale Law School '20
Ike Lee, Yale School of Medicine '20
Joe Liss, Yale Law School '20
Ahmad Maaz, Yale Law School '20
William Maher, Yale School of Public Health '19
Sam Marullo, Yale Law School '20
Fatima Mirza, Yale School of Medicine '20
Yamini Narayan, Yale School of Public Health '20
Nicholas Oo, Yale Law School '20
Kelly O’Reilly, Yale Law School '20
Adam Pan, Yale Law School '19
Allison Rabkin Golden, Yale Law School '20
Christopher Radcliffe, Yale School of Medicine '22
Blake Shultz, Yale School of Medicine '20
C. Paoro Yin-Blair, Yale School of Management '19
Cheryl Zogg, Yale School of Medicine '22
Matt Butler, Yale Law School '18
Ximena Benavides, Yale Law School '22
Eamon Duffy, Yale School of Medicine '18
Sandra Lynne Fryhoffer, Yale School of Management '19
Nathan Guevremont, Yale Law School '18
Rachel Kogan, Yale Law School '19
Ike Lee, Yale School of Medicine '20
Fatima Mirza, Yale School of Medicine '20
Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Yale Law School '18
Adam Pan, Yale Law School '19
Suhasini Ravi, Yale School of Public Health '18
Blake Shultz, Yale School of Medicine '20
Isra Syed, Yale Law School '19
Kevin Tobia, Yale Law School '18
Camila Vega, Yale Law School '18
Elizabeth Villarreal, Yale Law School '19
Claudia Wack, Yale Law School '18
Nick Werle, Yale Law School '18
Cheryl Zogg, Yale School of Medicine '22
James Davis, University of North Carolina '17
Elizabeth Dervan - Senior Fellow, Yale Law School '17
Meera Dhodapkar, University of Chicago '19
Kyle Edwards, Yale Law School '18
Susanna Evarts, Yale Law School '18
Christine Kwon, Yale Law School '17
Ike Lee, Yale School of Medicine '20
Ted Lee, Yale Law School '18
Fatima Mirza, Yale School of Medicine '20
Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Yale Law School '18
Sudhakar Nuti, Yale School of Medicine '19
Rubén Vega Perez, Yale School of Public Health '18
Rachel Reeves, Yale Law School '18
Blake Shultz, Yale School of Medicine '20
Elizabeth Dervan, Yale Law School '17
Nathan Nash, Yale Law School '17
Sudhakar Nuti, Yale School of Medicine '19
Marina Romani, Yale Law School '16
Emma Roth, Yale Law School '17
Former Affiliated Scholars & Practitioners
Program Coordinator, 2018-2020
Kathryn Mammel ’15 was the Program Coordinator for the Solomon Center and a graduate of Yale Law School. Before returning to Yale, Mammel 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, Mammel 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, Mammel worked as an Aide to the Marshal at the Supreme Court of the United States. Mammel 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).
Emily A. Benfer
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018
Emily A. Benfer is currently a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Benfer served as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the 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 J.D. 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.
Executive Director, 2016-2017
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.
Javier García Amez
Former 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.
Lecturer in Law and Graduate Research Fellow, 2016-2018
Claudia Haupt is an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Northeastern University School of Law. Between 2016 and 2018, Haupt served as 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
Former Legal Supervisor, Veterans MLP
Margaret M. Middleton is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) at Georgia State University College of Law. Until 2018, she served as the legal supervisor at the Veterans MLP, a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and the 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.
Former 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 Czepiga Daly Pope, 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.
Former Senior Research Fellow
Gabe Scheffler ’14 is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. In 2018 to 2019, Scheffler served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy and 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.
George P. Smith
Research Scholar in Residence, June 2017
George P. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Law at Catholic University in 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, 2015-2016
Michael R. Ulrich is an Assistant Professor of Health Law, Ethics, & Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health. He previously served as a Research Scholar, Senior Fellow in Health Law, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Before joining Yale, 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 the Journal 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 the Yale 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.
Associate Research Scholar and Fellow in Law and Health, 2011-2016
Kristen Underhill '11 is an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. From 2011 to 2016, Underhill served as 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).
Research Fellow and Senior Advisor, 2016-2018
Megan Wright '16 is a Assistant Professor of Law and Medicine at Penn State University, where she is also an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Sociology. From 2016-2018 Megan served as the Research Fellow and Senior Advisor for the Center for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) Project within the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. Concurrently she served as 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 J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona.
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