Mark A. Rothstein
Herbert F. Boehl Professor of Law and Medicine and Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, University of Louisville School of Medicine
501 East Broadway #310
Louisville, KY 40207
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsRothstein has concentrated his research on bioethics (especially health privacy), public health law and ethics (he is the ethics editor of the American Journal of Public Health), and genetics (especially issues involving research and application of new genetic discoveries). From 1999-2008, he was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality. The Committee advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health privacy issues, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule and electronic health records.
SSN Basic Facts, March 2015
SSN Key Findings, October 2014
"Tarasoff Duties after Newtown" Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42, no. 1 (2013): 104-109.
Provides an expanded version of his testimony before Congress on how to resolve the seeming conflict between the need for confidentiality of mental health information and the duty to inform law enforcement or intended victims of threats made by mental health patients.
"The Case against Precipitous, Population-Wide, Whole-Genome Sequencing" Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 40, no. 3 (2012): 682-689.
Argues that whole-genome sequencing should be used primarily in treatment, but the technology has little medical value and much potential social harm when used to predict the health of currently well people.