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Caroline Fox ’99
At the Forefront of the Health Care Industry
As Counsel for IBM Watson Health, I provide legal support for the development and sale of cognitive software solutions and services for the Life Sciences industry. It is exciting to be on the forefront of transforming the healthcare industry by providing tools to help researchers and providers accelerate discovery and tackle the world’s biggest health challenges.
My interest in exploring the impact of medical advancement on the human condition began during my undergraduate studies at Cornell, where I created an individual curriculum in Ethics in Healthcare. When I attended Yale Law School, there was not yet a Solomon Center of Health Law & Policy, but I studied how law and policy could address modern ethical and legal challenges related to the practice of medicine in classes such as “Medicine, Ethics & Law” and “Babies and the Law.” These classes, and the quintessential “Law and…” philosophy of Yale Law School, instilled in me an appreciation for how contemporary changes in society both affect and are affected by changes in the law, and the importance of using interdisciplinary approaches to analyze novel issues.
I began my legal career as a corporate associate at the law firm Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol, while still pursuing my interest in health care law by serving on the Bioethical Issues Committee and Health Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. When my firm combined with Ropes & Gray, I joined the firm’s health care practice, where I handled general corporate work and regulatory compliance matters for health care clients. After seven years of private practice, I worked in-house at health care providers, first as Associate General Counsel at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and later as Deputy General Counsel of BioScrip, Inc. In both of these positions, I felt pride knowing that my legal services were contributing to the organization’s mission to provide excellent patient care. In these positions, I also began practicing information technology law due to the ever-increasing role of technology in the practice of medicine, which has prepared me well for my current work at IBM Watson Health.
Updated September 2021