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WFU professor receives American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics distinguished teaching award

Mark Hall, professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University, has been awarded the Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Teacher’s Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

For the past 15 years, the ASLME Health Law Teachers Conference has honored the memory of Healey, a beloved teacher of health law at University of Connecticut Schools of Law and Medicine. Recipients are
professors who have devoted a significant portion of their career to health law teaching and whose selection honor Healey’s legacy through their passion for teaching health law, their mentoring of students and/or other faculty, and by their being an inspiration to colleagues and students.

“I am surprised and deeply honored to be recognized with this award,” Hall said.

Healey, a 1973 graduate of Boston College Law School, was one of the organizers of the first Health Law Teachers Conference in 1976 and soon became the spiritual leader of the nation’s health law teachers. He
was a teacher’s teacher, who cared deeply about his students and whose students were extraordinarily fond of him. Healey died of pancreatic cancer in 1993, at the age of 46, just six weeks after the disease was diagnosed.

Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, policy and ethics. The author or editor of 15 books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of health care reform, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation, and genetics. He has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Stanford universities, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. Hall also teaches in the MBA program at the Babcock School and is on the research faculty at Wake Forest’s Medical School. He regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.