Doctors Get Their Own Second Opinions

The Atlantic, October 10, 2017
by Olga Khazan

[...] Experienced doctors use Human Dx for their most difficult cases, and newer providers use it to hone their skills. Johns Hopkins Hospital and other teaching hospitals are now using it to train medical… Read More

The Sean Pendergast Show with Dr. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law Professor

The TJ Show, AMP Radio 103.3 FM, May 28, 2017
by Interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Harvard Law Professor [I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)] joins Sean to discuss a study he and a Harvard group did on player safety in the NFL, how the game can be made more safe, and the future of… Read More

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

Boston Globe, December 6, 2016
by Jonathan Salzman and Jenn Abelson

From the article: A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General… Read More

Call for Abstracts: The Ethics of “Making Babies”
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 31, 2017, 5:00 PM

The use of assisted reproductive technologies raises far-reaching ethical and legal implications, yet there is little regulatory oversight of these medical procedures in the United States. In a field marked… Read More

Conflict of interest for NFL doctors to report to teams: Harvard study

Reuters, November 17, 2016
by Scott Malone, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: The doctors who patrol the sidelines of NFL games to assess whether injured players can safely return to the field should report to the league and players' union rather than individual… Read More

Harvard study: NFL should end doctor-team relationships

Sports Illustrated, November 17, 2016
by Scooby Axson, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: A study conducted by Harvard Law School recommended that any medical personnel treating NFL players should stop reporting to team management or coaches. The two-year study by… Read More

Harvard study on NFL player safety calls for outside doctors

Seattle Times, November 17, 2016
by Jimmy Golen, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn’t be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing — an “undeniable… Read More

Harvard Study on NFL Player Safety Calls for Outside Doctors

ABC News, November 17, 2016
by Jimmy Golen, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing — an "undeniable conflict… Read More

Harvard Releases Player Health Recommendations That The NFL Will Likely Ignore

Deadspin, November 17, 2016
by Lindsey Adler, quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Harvard University wants the NFL, the NFLPA, and everyone complicit in the NFL industrial complex—all the way down to media and fans—to take steps toward policies that will… Read More

Study: NFL should break ties between doctors, teams

ESPN, November 17, 2016
by Quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Medical personnel caring for NFL players should no longer report to team management or coaches, according to a Harvard Law School report published Thursday. The recommendation comes in… Read More

NFL doctors should not report to teams, Harvard study recommends

Washington Post, November 17, 2016
by Rick Maese, quoting new report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: A new report from Harvard Law School proposes drastic changes in the way health care is administered in the NFL, urging the nation’s most popular sports league to upend its system… Read More

When NFL Calls the Doctor

Boston Globe, November 17, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher R. Deubert (Senior Law & Ethics Associate)

The Boston Globe limits non-subscribers to five free articles per month. Harvard affiliates may view the full text via Hollis+. From the article: FROM MAJOR media outlets to federal research funding… Read More

NFL doctors’ conflicts of interest could endanger players, report says

STAT, November 17, 2016
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting report by Petrie-Flom affiliates Christopher R. Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch

From the article: Doctors that work for professional football teams have conflicts of interest that could jeopardize players’ health, according to a report by Harvard researchers. The report… Read More

Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed?

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, November 3, 2016, 4:30 - 6pm

2016 George W. Gay Lecture Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed? Martha Minow Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School   Thursday, November 3, 2016,… Read More

ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction:  This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Christopher T. Robertson,… Read More

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen Joins National Academy of Sciences Committee

Petrie-Flom Center, September 26, 2016

I. Glenn Cohen, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Robert Truog, Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for… Read More

Social Media Use in Research Recruitment

Petrie-Flom Center / Harvard Catalyst, September 21, 2016
by Luke Gelinas (Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

Cross-posted at the Petrie-Flom Center's blog Bill of Health. Imagine this scenario: you are a researcher conducting a clinical trial on a promising treatment for a rare but serious heart condition.… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Neel Shah

Petrie-Flom Center, September 8, 2016

Dr. Neel Shah was a Student Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year, while in his third year at Harvard Medical School. Then Academic Fellow and now Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen served as his… Read More

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Launches Service Affiliate C-TAC Innovations,

The Coalition to Transform Care (C-TAC) is the Petrie-Flom Center's partner in the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, launched in March 2016.            … Read More

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference
Harvard Law School

Deadline: Due no later than December 2, 2016

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2017 annual conference, entitled: “Transparency in Health and… Read More

Review: I Glenn Cohen, Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics, Oxford University

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, May 2016
by Reviewed by Douglas MacKay

From the review:  Glenn Cohen’s Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics offers a thorough examination of the growing practice of medical tourism, the legal regulations… Read More

From Medical Experimentation to Non-Medical Experimentation

Charles Fried, Medical Experimentation: Personal Integrity and Social Policy, New Edition (Oxford University Press), May 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and D. James Greiner

First published in 1974, Charles Fried's Medical Experimentation is a classic statement of the moral relationship between doctor and patient, as expressed within the concept of personal care.… Read More

The Patient-Physician Relationship

American Medical Association

This is a report by the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs addressing ethical obligations of physicians and conflicts of interest. Read More

Legal Issues for Physicians

The American Medical Association

This section of the American Medical Association website addresses some basic legal issues that often arise in the doctor-patient relationship. Read More

When Is a Patient-Physician Relationship Established?

AMA Virtual Mentor
by Valerie Blake

A list of key cases that have helped define the physician-patient relationship generally, as well as some key exceptions to the general rule. Read More

Public Health Law Map: The Physician-Patient Relationship

LSU Law Center

This site includes information about physician duties to their patients and how those duties can be incurred and discharged. Read More

Legal Issues in Health Care: The Physician-Patient Relationship

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

A basic primer on the doctor-patient relationship, including creation, duties, and termination. Read More

Four Models of the Physician-Patient Relationship

JAMA
by Ezekiel J. Emanuel & Linda L. Emanuel

This article outlines four models to conceptualize the basic relationship between physician and patient. Read More

Patients and Doctors: The Evolution of a Relationship

New England Journal of Medicine
by Robert Truog

This article outlines issues in the evolving doctor-patient relationship with respect to clinical care, clinical research, and populations and health care systems. Read More

Medical Ethics Manual – Physicians and Patients

World Medical Association

Ethics manual introducing some of the key issues faced by physicians in their daily practice. Read More

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics: Cross-Registration Opportunity for Harvard Students
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested… Read More

Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet

New England Journal of Medicine, March 2010
by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman

Describes changes in the doctor-patient relationship that have arisen in the Internet age. Read More

ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposium 9:00am-5:00pm Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Harvard Medical School Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus… Read More

Houston doctor sued for trading prescriptions for sex

Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2014
by St. John Barned-Smith, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal experts who specialize in medical ethics said the allegations and actions captured on film were "egregious." Medical standards prohibit doctors from engaging in sexual relationships with patients.… Read More

Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From… Read More

What Ethicists Should Know about the Law

Harvard Medical School, June 19, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

On Thursday, June 19, Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on "What Ethicists Should Know about the Law" as part of Harvard Clinical Bioethics, a course led by Robert Truog,… Read More

Doctors pushed to reject role in executions

"The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, June 17, 2014
by Rachel Maddow, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his recent opinion piece in JAMA, coauthored with Robert D. Truog and Mark A. Rockoff (both of Harvard… Read More

Direct-to-Patient Laboratory Test Reporting

JAMA, June 16, 2014
by Michael J. Young, MPhil (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow); Ethan Scheinberg, BTL; Harold Bursztajn, MD

In February 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a landmark ruling allowing patients direct access to completed medical laboratory reports. The ruling took effect April 7,… Read More

Doctors assist in executions despite ethics rules

LA Times, May 21, 2014
by Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] A group of legal experts called the Death Penalty Committee of the Constitution Project recently recommended that doctors or other medical personnel supervise all medical aspects of executions, even… Read More

Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: June 17, 2014

Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on Thursday, June 19, on "What Ethicists Should Know about the Law." For more details about the course, including registration… Read More

Physicians, Medical Ethics, and Execution by Lethal Injection

JAMA, May 19, 2014
by Robert D. Truog, MD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Mark A. Rockoff, MD

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has coauthored a new opinion piece now available through JAMA. From the article: In an opinion dissenting from a Supreme Court decision to deny… Read More

An Empirical Method for Materiality

American Journal of Law and Medicine, Forthcoming, 2014
by Roy G. Spece Jr., David V. Yokum, Andrea-Gale Okoro, and Christopher T. Robertson (Petrie-Flom Affiliated Faculty; Former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow)

Abstract: The law has long been concerned with the agency problems that arise when advisors, such as attorneys or physicians, put themselves in financial relationships that create conflicts of interest.… Read More

Conflicts in Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise

MIT Press
by Holly Fernandez Lynch

This book analyzes the issues surrounding conscience clauses in the health care setting and proposes a solution that calls on the medical profession as a whole to ensure patient access, in order to avoid… Read More

Legal Briefing: Conscience Clauses and Conscientious Refusal

Journal of Clinical Ethics
by Thaddeus Mason Pope

This article gives an overview of legal developments pertaining to conscientious objection in healthcare. Read More

Conscience Clauses, Health Care Providers, and Parents

The Hastings Center
by Nancy Berlinger

This chapter outlines some key issues that arise when health care providers and parents lodge conscientious objections to certain types of medical care. Read More

Conscientious Objection in Medicine

BMJ
by Julian Savelescu

This article outlines several arguments for and against permitting conscientious objection by medical professionals. Read More

Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices

NEJM
by Farr A. Curlin et al.

This article summarizes a study of physicians’ views on conscientious objection in the United States.  Read More

Women’s Preventive Services Coverage and Non-Profit Religious Organizations

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

This website provides information about contraceptives coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as accommodations for religious employers and non-profit religious organizations.  It also links… Read More

Legal Issues in Health Care: The Physician-Patient Relationship

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

A basic primer on the doctor-patient relationship, including creation, duties, and termination. Read More

HLS Event Opens Dialogue on Role of Race in Healthcare

The Harvard Crimson, Sept. 18, 2013
by Andrew Ma

Harvard Crimson coverage of the Petrie-Flom Center's September 17, 2013, panel discussion, "Patient Discrimination against Medical Personnel," featuring Kimani Paul-Emile of Fordham… Read More

Patient Discrimination against Medical Personnel

September 17, 2013 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall 3019, Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA
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