Analysis shows Professor Mark Hall among most-cited health law scholars

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Hall in the Professional Library at the Worrell Professional Center

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall, director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, has co-written the following piece, “Most-Cited Health Law Scholars,” with I. Glenn Cohen. Their analysis was published on Harvard Law’s  blog on April 18, 2017.  Professor Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, public policy, and bioethics. The author or editor of twenty 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.

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Based on the law faculty citation analysis done by Greg Sisk, Brian Leiter has compiled “most-cited” rankings of tenured law faculty in a number of different subject areas, but not health law.  Naturally, we would be curious to know how we and colleagues might show up in such a ranking, but more than this, we were curious how the field of Health Law as a whole would look, compared to other fields, and how well different component of health law might be reflected.  Health law (as many people conceive itis a broad field that includes bioethics, biotechnology, medical malpractice, health care finance and regulation, health policy, and public health.

Using Leiter’s methods and the Sisk data (supplemented as noted below), we compiled a citation-count ranking of health law scholars over the five-year period 2010-2014 (which is the latest currently available from Sisk).  We classify faculty as health law scholars if publications in this field account for the bulk (roughly 2/3) of their more recent citations.  A research librarian at Wake Forest University supplemented the Sisk data by doing citation counts (using his same methods) for an additional two dozen prominent health law scholars who are not on the Sisk list because they are at lower-ranked schools (below the top 70) or are based at schools of medicine or public health.  To ensure maximum comparability between these rankings and those already existing for other legal fields we conformed to Leiter’s presentation, which entailed, among other things, rounding citations to the nearest ten and estimating the age of those ranked.

Before we present the results, we emphasize that while citation-based rankings can be useful, it is important to evaluate them in context; this requires understanding their benefits, but also their drawbacks – Sisk al. have a good discussion. In the context of health law, specifically, one additional limitation is worth emphasizing: this ranking is based on citations in legal periodicals (as defined by the Sisk-Leiter approach) but much of our field’s work is cited in medical, public health, bioethics, or other journals. Publications in those journals that are cited in legal periodicals are captured, but not the citation of our work in those journals.

Here are the results.  The range of citations is similar to those in the fields of antitrust,  evidencefamily lawtax.  And, the list contains several who write in each of health law’s component areas.

Twenty Most-Cited Health Law Faculty 2010-2014 (inclusive)

Rank Name School Citations Approx. Age in 2017
1 Larry Gostin Georgetown 510 67
2 Mark A. Hall Wake Forest 480 62
3 David A. Hyman Georgetown 360 56
4 I. Glenn Cohen Harvard 320 39
5 John A. Robertson Texas 310 74
6 Mark Rothstein Louisville 300 68
6 Michelle M. Mello Stanford 300 45
6 Frank Pasquale Maryland 300 43
9 Lars Noah Florida 280 52
10 George J. Annas Boston U 270 72
11 Richard J. Bonnie Virginia 260 72
12 William M. Sage Texas 240 57
12 Barry R. Furrow Drexel 240 72
14 Sharona Hoffman Case Western 230 53
15 Lori Andrews Chicago-Kent 220 64
15 Sara Rosenbaum George Washington 220 66
17 David Orentlicher UNLV 210 62
18 Henry T. Greely Stanford 200 65
19 Elizabeth Weeks Leonard Georgia 190 46
19 David M. Studdert Stanford 190 49
Honorable Mention
(not included due to recent retirement)
 Timothy Jost Washington & Lee 350 69
Other Highly Cited Scholars
who Work Partly in Health Law
Russell Korobkin UCLA 750 49
Einer R. Elhauge Harvard 680 56
Black Bernard Northwestern 630 64
Tom  Baker Pennsylvania 450 58
Carl E. Schneider Michigan 380 69