Publications and Research

Center Faculty

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.S., University of Pittsburgh

Courtney L. Anderson

Professor Anderson researches and writes on community economic development and health law issues. Her research focuses primarily into how law and policy might impact the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health, particularly among minority, low-income, and vulnerable populations.

She also focuses on the intersection between housing and eradicating health disparities in low-income and minority communities. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary initiatives that pair public health research with laws and policies to achieve health equity. Professor Anderson’s current publications focus on supporting favorable health outcomes and education through affordable housing preservation and connecting neighborhood revitalization efforts to health equity goals.

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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
B.A., Dartmouth College

Erin C. Fuse Brown

Professor Fuse Brown’s research interests focus on the intersection of the business of health care and the regulation of health care entities, consistent with the University’s Second Century Initiative to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and with her experience advising hospitals and health systems. Specifically, she is researching the entrenchment and durability of a statutory right to health care under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act and other federal health care programs. Professor Fuse Brown is also interested in the interaction of health care regulations with innovations in health care financing and delivery.

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Yaniv HeledJ.S.D., Columbia Law School
LL.M., Columbia Law School
LL.B., Tel Aviv University
Undergraduate Program in Biology, Tel Aviv University

Yaniv Heled

Professor Heled’s research focuses primarily on public policy issues prompted by technological developments in the areas of biotechnology and medicine. He has published on the regulation of genetic aspects of donated reproductive tissue; legal aspects of the administrative regulation of the funding of stem cell research; public access to technology; and patent policy in view of the regulation of generic biologics. His current research focuses on the regulation of biological pharmaceutical products and on examination of intellectual property on constructs as they pertain to pharmaceuticals. Professor Heled’s research interests also include executive agencies’ responses to bioethical challenges; legal and ethical aspects of human enhancement and trait selection technology; and science fiction and the law.

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Paul A. LombardoPh.D., University of Virginia
J.D., University of Virginia
M.A., Loyola University, Chicago
A.B., Rockhurst College

Paul A. Lombardo

Professor Lombardo’s interests include topics in bioethics and health law, as well as medico-legal history. The overlap of those three areas has generated projects involving analysis of current legal policy concerning reproductive rights, the regulation of genetic research, and genetic confidentiality, along with detailed studies of archival sources that uncovered the history of legislation, litigation and public policy making carried out by members of the eugenics movement in the first third of the 20th Century.

Similar research has led to publications on the way that biological theories of race became insinuated into law, particularly the law surrounding public health. His more recent work has included a focus on ethical conduct of international research projects, particularly those involving epidemiological assessment of environmental and workplace exposure to toxic substances. He is also currently examining how some research regulation can impede the timeliness of public health interventions.

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Charity ScottM.S.C.M., Kennesaw State University
J.D., Harvard University
A.B., Stanford University

Charity Scott

Professor Scott has published on a variety of health law issues, including alternative dispute resolution in health care settings, medical ethics and the law, medical privacy, antitrust and health care, and health policy. Writing for interdisciplinary audiences of legal and health care professionals, Scott chooses topics that help the professions explore together a variety of issues at the intersection of law, health, ethics, and public policy.

Her current scholarly interests include using legal avenues for addressing health disparities and achieving health equity; developing conflict management tools and dispute resolution system design in health care settings to improve the safety and quality of patient care; and addressing “best practices” in health law teaching.

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Jonathan TodresJ.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Clark University

Jonathan Todres

Professor Todres researches and writes on children’s right’s issues and health law issues. His research focuses primarily on issues of violence against children, including trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. His research interests also include domestic interpretations of international human rights law, the interrelationship among rights, and economic and social rights issues.

Professor Todres is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to preventing child exploitation. He is co-editor of a book on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has published numerous articles in law reviews and other professional journals.

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Leslie E. WolfM.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., Stanford University

Leslie E. Wolf

Professor Wolf’s research program addresses the real ethical or policy issues facing researchers, clinicians, or policymakers in the areas of research ethics, public health, and clinical ethics. Her work in research ethics primarily has used empirical research techniques to develop evidence about best practices on difficult issues in research ethics.

Her current work includes an NIH-funded project, with colleagues at Duke University, studying the use and understanding of Certificates of Confidentiality. She is also participating on an NSF-funded project, with colleagues at Georgia Technology Institute, Emory University, and Morehouse School of Medicine, on ethics education.

Professor Wolf’s research in public health and clinical ethics tends to be more policy and law-based, than empirically-based. This includes current research on allocation of scarce resources during public health emergencies. Her published research includes articles on conflicts of interest, research with stored biological materials, Certificates of Confidentiality, IRB web guidance, and HIV-related laws and policies.

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Lisa R. BlissJ.D., University of Florida
B.A., University of North Florida

Lisa R. Bliss

Professor Bliss is engaged in the development of interdisciplinary education experiences for law students and health professionals in collaboration with pediatric residency program at Emory Medical School and the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. These collaborations allow for joint classes between Georgia State University College of Law students and medical residents and medical students.

Among her research interests is the impact of interdisciplinary education on legal and health professionals and how it may influence their approach to the practice of their professions, including their analysis and problem-solving abilities and styles, and the integration of knowledge of expertise of other disciplines into the practice of medicine and law.

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Sylvia B. CaleyJ.D., Georgia State University
M.B.A., Georgia State University
B.A., Oglethorpe University
R.N., Royal Victoria Hospital
School of Nursing

Sylvia B. Caley

Professor Caley’s research interests focus on the intersection of health and poverty and using holistic approaches, including the law to address problems in order to help improve the health and social well-being of low-income children. Specifically she is interested in examining how socio-economic determinants affect the health and well-being of low-income chronically ill and disabled children.

In addition, she investigates the development and provisions of interdisciplinary educational programs among law students and graduate health professional students, such as medical students, medical residents, designed to enhance collaborative problem-solving, improve readiness for practice, and improve respect and communication among professionals.

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Emily F. SuskiLL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., University of North Carolina
M.S.W., University of North Carolina
B.A., University of North Carolina

Emily F. Suski

Professor Suski’s research interests include the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in improving the outcomes of low-income children, particularly those with disabilities. Specifically, she is interested in how the multiple impacts of poverty, health and disabilities and the challenge of adequate access to medical and social services affect children in the public education system.

Her research focuses on how improved communication and collaboration among legal, medical, and social services providers can improve outcomes for low-income children with health problems and disabilities. Professor Suski is also interested in how interdisciplinary graduate education can influence the delivery of professional legal, medical, and social services in the long term.

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Faculty Fellows

Roberta M. BerryPh.D., University of Notre Dame
J.D., University of Wisconsin
B.A., Swarthmore College

Roberta M. Berry

Professor Berry’s research interests include biosocial and biomedical research and technologies, including ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technologies. Her interests also include research ethics associated with bench science, translational science, and clinical research. And she has written on the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding health care and health care delivery and has co-edited a book, A Health Law Reader: An Interdisciplinary Approach, addressing these issues.

Her recent scholarship and grant projects focus on investigation of what she has termed “fractious problems” – policy issues generated by advances in science and technology and that are novel, complex, ethically fraught, divisive, and unavoidably public. She has proposed a “navigational approach” to addressing these problems, explored most recently in her book, The Ethics of Genetic Engineering, and in her ongoing National Science Foundation grant.

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hughes_randallJ.D., Duke University
B.A., University of Florida

Randall L. Hughes

Mr. Hughes has extensive expertise in health care law and litigation. His specific areas of concentration include not-for-profit hospitals, hospital authorities, certificates of need, medical staff disputes, health care reimbursement, regulatory compliance, reviews and claim defense, medical malpractice, personal injury and insurance.

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Law Faculty Affiliates

Jessica D. GabelJ.D., University of Miami Law School
B.S., University of Central Florida

Jessica D. Gabel

Professor Gabel’s research concentrates on the intersection of fraud and ethics across several fields, including science, medicine, and bankruptcy. Her work bridges the gap between law and science, and focuses on the use of science in the courtroom. Her most recent projects address the risks and regulations associated with mainstreaming genetic information in both criminal investigations and extra-medical testing. Professor Gabel has advised state governments in crafting ethical and comprehensive guidelines for the collection, use, and disposal of biological samples and forensic DNA profiles. She has also consulted on cases involving health care bankruptcy, pharmaceutical investigations, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

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Wendy F. HenselJ.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Michigan State University

Wendy F. Hensel

Professor Hensel is an expert on disability discrimination in American society and its intersection with education, employment, and tort law. She has authored numerous articles on the legal treatment of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and is a frequent invited speaker around the country on related topics. She is an advocate for children with disabilities in the Atlanta metropolitan area and regularly provides pro bono counseling to parents seeking special education services in the public schools.

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