Wendy Mariner

Wendy Mariner is the Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law and Faculty Director of the JD-MPH dual degree program. She is also Professor of Law at BU School of Law and Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences at BU School of Medicine. Professor Mariner combines teaching and research on patient rights, risk regulation, health reform legislation, health insurance, and ERISA, and has published more than 100 articles in the legal, medical and health policy literature. She has a JD from Columbia University School of Law, LLM from New York University School of Law, and MPH. from Harvard School of Public Health.

Professor Mariner is currently a member of the Massachusetts Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and chairs its Legal and Policy Workgroup, and an Executive Committee member of the Health Care Quality and Cost Council Advisory Committee, charged with implementing the Commonwealth’s health reform legislation. She is also a Council Member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities and a member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law. Professor Mariner has served as a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Health Facilities Appeals Board, the National Institutes of Health’s AIDS Policy Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on Smoking Cessation in Veteran and Military Populations, the Ryan White CARE Act, and the Children’s Vaccine Initiative, the CIOMS/WHO Steering Committee for International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, and the Massachusetts Public Health Association Board of Directors.

At Boston University, she served as Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council and a Trustee of Boston University (2008-2010), and as Associate Director of the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Division on Regulatory Knowledge and Research Ethics.  She is a founding member of the New England Coalition for Law and Public Health. She was the American Journal of Public Health’s Contributing Editor for Health Law and Ethics, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Human Rights and the Global Economy. She and her colleagues have submitted amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in several cases involving health law issues, most recently in the case challenging the constitutionality of the minimum coverage requirement of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Florida v. US Department of Health and Human Services.