Workshops and Events

Regis J. Fallon Lectures Series

The Regis J. Fallon Lecture Series on Health and Law focuses attention on the leading issues at the intersection of health and the law, fueling productive discussion across these disciplines and attracting scholars and experts from the University and beyond. The Fallon Lectures are held once or twice each academic year. For more information, contact faculty organizer Anup Malani at

Upcoming Lectures

May 10, 2018
"Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care Markets—What is Happening, and What Isn’t?"
Leemore S. Dafny, PhD
Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
3:30-5:00 pm
Harris Room 140B

Dafny-Leemore_0018_15RGB-PPA_copy_0.jpgOver the past few decades, federal antitrust enforcers have devoted a disproportionate share of resources to challenging health care combinations—and to a lesser extent, anticompetitive practices in health care markets. Nevertheless, markets are becoming more concentrated, and robust competition is lacking in many important subsectors. In this talk, Leemore Dafny, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, will review the evidence on competition and performance (particularly price) and describe recent enforcement history. Dafny will highlight areas of success, opportunity, and uncertainty, with a heavy focus on hospital system mergers and the conduct of pharmaceutical companies.

Leemore Dafny, PhD, is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Dafny also serves on the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the interdisciplinary Program in Health Policy. Prior to joining Harvard in 2016, she was Director of Health Enterprise Management, Herman Smith Professor of Hospital and Health Services Management, and Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Professor Dafny’s research examines competitive interactions among payers and providers of healthcare services, and the intersection of industry and public policy. Her work has been published in academic journals such as The American Economic Review and The New England Journal of Medicine, and featured in popular media such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Current projects include studies of consolidation in the US hospital industry and the kidney dialysis industry, co-payment coupons for prescription drugs, and the implications of for-profit ownership of insurance companies.

Professor Dafny graduated from Harvard College and worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company prior to earning her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, on the editorial board of several academic journalsand a board member of the American Society of Health Economists and the Health Care Cost Institute. She co-directs the Harvard Business School PhD Program in Business Economics.

Professor Dafny’s expertise spans both the public and private sectors.  She currently serves on the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. In 2012-2013, she was deputy director for healthcare and antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. She also advises companies, government agencies, and nonprofits on a variety of issues including antitrust matters, strategic decisions, and public policy.

Past Lectures

April 28, 2016
"Technology Regulation Reconsidered: The Effects of Certificate of Need on MRI Access, Quality, and Cost"
3:30-5:00 pm in Room V
1111 East 60th Street
Jill Horwitz, JD, PhD
Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

January 12, 2015
4:00-5:15 pm in P-117
5841 S. Maryland Avenue 
Daniel Carpenter, PhD
Professor of Government; Director, Center for American Political Studies; Director, Social Sciences Program, Harvard University

November 13, 2013
"Three Principles of Real Health Reform"
Daniel P. Kessler, JD, PhD
Professor, Stanford Law School

May 2, 2013
"Medical Liability Reform and Accountability for Safe Care: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
Michelle Mello, JD, PhD
Professor of Law and Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health

October 12, 2012
"The Future of Health Care Reform in the United States"
A conference coordinated by the University of Chicago Law School and Department of Medicine and Biological Sciences, supportedin part by the Fallon Lecture endowment.

May 14, 2012
"Non-Consensual Access to Data for Research and Public Health"
Barbara Evans, JD, PhD
Professor of Law, University of HoustonCo-Director, Health Law & Policy InstituteDirector, Center on Biotechnology & Law

February 27, 2012
"Legal Solutions for Ensuring Decision Aid Quality"
Nadia Sawicki, JD
Assistant Professor of Law, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

May 9, 2011
"The Histories of American Health Insurance: Three Narratives and the Affordable Care Act"
Timothy S. Jost, JD
Robert L. Willet Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

February 28, 2011
"The Impact of Health Reform on Physicians and Hospitals"
Lawrence E. Singer, MA, JD
Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago

May 26, 2010
"How Not to Do Medical Malpractice Reform"
David A. Hyman, BA, JD, MD
Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Professor, University of Illinois College of Law

"From Evidence to Practice:  Can Coverage and Payment Policy Change Physician Behavior?" 
Susan Foote 
Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

January 22, 2009
"Discussing End-of-Life Options: Are Statues the Solution?"
Alan Meisel
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, and Professor of Law and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

April 24, 2008
"Fairness in Health Care:  Who Pays?  Who Benefits?"
Clark Havighurst
William Neal Reynolds Professor Emeritus of Law

January 17, 2008
"The Abortion Wars and the Gonzales vs. Carhart Decision"
Bruce Patsner, MD, JD
Professor at the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center

April 19, 2007
"The Food and Drug Administration: How Safe? How Effective?"
David Kessler, MD, JD
Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for Medical Affairs
Richard Epstein, LLD, HC
James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago

January 25, 2007
"The Law and Ethics of Medical Fees: A Brief Historical View"
Mark A. Hall, JD
Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest University

May 2, 2006
"Clinical Trials, Drug Marketing, Off-Label Prescribing, and the Law"
Sandra H. Johnson, JD, LLM
Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Law and Ethics in the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University School of Law