California Western Institute of Health Law Studies
Institute of Health Law Studies
The Institute of Health Law Studies (IHLS), founded at California Western in 2004, is a health law center that focuses on "Improving health care today for all our tomorrows." IHLS performs research, participates in advocacy activities, engages in community service, and provides education to advance its mission.
Attend an upcoming Health Law Information Session:
Find out more about the California Western-UC San Diego Health Law Master's Degree program at an upcoming informational session on March 26, 2013.
California Western and UCSD Sponsor Master's in Health Law Degree Program
Combining the academic strengths of UC San Diego and California Western School of Law, the two schools offer a joint master's degree in Health Law. The only program of its kind the western U.S., the program equips graduates with a more complete understanding of the best scientific, ethical, regulatory, and management practices in both professions, with a goal of establishing compatible solutions in policy and practice. Visit the Master's in Health Law Web page for more information.
IHLS Executive Director
Bryan A. Liang
- Executive Director, Institute of Health Law Studies
- E. Donald Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
- Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
- Director, San Diego Center for Patient Safety, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
- Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University
Professor Liang has an interdisciplinary interest in health law and policy reflected by his study of health care from a broad array of perspectives. He graduated from MIT with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, studying organic synthesis of complex natural products, and then received a Ph.D. in health policy from the University of Chicago, studying access and quality issues in Medicaid managed care programs in the United States. He also studied medicine and medical care at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, assessing physician services financing systems and inner city hospital reimbursement structures, and received an M.D. degree from that institution.
During this time, he was also invited to the Republic of China, where he was a consultant to the National Health Insurance Special Task Force and developed a global research strategy for the integration of existing beneficiary populations into the NHI Program. Professor Liang also performed empirical economic analyses of the medical malpractice system, assessing critical assumptions of rule knowledge by and deterrence effects on physicians in several different specialties while at Harvard Law School, where he was the Sheldon Seevak Law & Economics Research Fellow and received his law degree. Before coming to San Diego, Professor Liang held two distinguished professorships and served as a Research Council Faculty Fellow in Europe, assisting policymakers in the European Union address issues associated with managed care and complementary social insurance.
His current interests focus upon the interface between law, medicine, economic incentive structures, and their impact upon the quality of care, particularly patient safety, as well as patient access issues and global health. In addition, his work attempts to determine the validity of assumptions regarding legal rules, their impact upon the social systems they purport to regulate, and alternative means by which social goals may be accomplished.
IHLS Staff and Members
Bryan A. Liang, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., California Western School of Law, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Timothy Allen, M.D., J.D., Professor and chair of Pathology, University of Texas Health Science Center
Thomas Barton, J.D., California Western School of Law, National Center for Preventive Law, Center for Creative Problem Solving
Shannon M. Biggs, J.D., M.A., M.Ed.
Robert A. Bohrer, J.D., California Western School of Law
Susan Channick, J.D.,California Western School of Law
James Class, PhD, Director of Global Health Policy, Merck
Linda L. D'Antonio, Ph.D. Loma Linda School of Medicine
Len J. Deftos, M.D., University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Louise Gersham, Ph.D., MPH, CEO, Fondation Merieux USA
Kimberly Lovett, M.D., Teaching Faculty, Department of Family Medicine, UC San Diego, Family Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Arlene Luu, RN, BSN, JD Member, Institute of Health Law Studies
Timothy Mackey, MAS, Senior Research Associate-Institute of Health Law Studies, California Western School of Law, Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Anethesiology, UC San Diego
Charles Mittman, M.D., University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Linda Morton, J.D., California Western School of Law
William L. Rutherford, M.D., College of Aviation, Western Michigan University
Steven Smith, Dean, California Western School of Law
Joanna Sax, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor, California Western School of Law
Fusako Seki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yokohama National University
Pam Tait, California Western School of Law
Jim Thomson, CEO, UK Centre for Mental Health and Member, Institute of Health Law Studies
Jef Van Langendonck, Ph.D., Professor and Director Emeritus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
For more information, visit www.ihls.org.