Professor Mark Hall named new Health Law and Policy Program director

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Professor Mark Hall

Wake Forest Law is introducing its Health Law and Policy Program, which is designed to strengthen students’ knowledge and engagement to prepare them to enter the fields of health law and public policy, in fall 2015.

The program targets three core goals:

  • educating and motivating students to become involved with the improvement of health care delivery; informing lawmakers;
  • public officials, and professionals and assisting them with active health policy issues;
  • and engaging and educating the public at large on critical issues about health care.

Professor Mark Hall, who is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, public policy, and bioethics, has been named the inaugural director of the program. The author or editor of 20 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, access to care by the uninsured, and insurance regulation. Professor Hall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Stanford universities.  He also teaches in the University’s Graduate Programs for Bioethics and its MBA program, and he is on the research faculty at the Medical School. Professor Hall regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.

Edwin Shoaf (JD ’14) is the program’s initial administrator and research fellow. Mr. Shoaf was recently the lead author of a policy brief discussing Medicaid Reform in North Carolina, which was featured in the Charlotte Observer and Bloomberg Business, among other media. He is currently involved in research in the areas of health care reform, Medicaid expansion, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Health Law and Policy Program is being launched with the support of Charlie Trefzger (JD ’84), a leader in the long-term care industry and a member of the Law Board of Visitors, according to Hall.

“I’m thrilled that Charlie recognized the critical need to support education, research and public outreach to improve health care delivery,” Hall says. “We plan to make the Wake Forest program the premier one of its type in the country.”

U.S. News and World Report ranks Wake Forest’s health law program among the nation’s top.

Learn more at or by contacting Professor Mark Hall.

The Triad Business Journal wrote about the new program here.