Wednesday, October 21st 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Light Hall 407A-C

Hosted By 

VUSM Students for a National Health Program Club


Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is proud to host a lecture from Dr. James F. Blumstein on medical malpractice law and the concept of medical malpractice safe harbors. 


Many issues and challenges arise in medical malpractice cases. Dr. Blumstein will discuss how clinical uncertainty calls into question some of the fundamental assumptions of the structure of medical liability law and will explore the concept of safe harbors as a novel method to reform the existing medical malpractice structure.


Medical liability is an exciting issue that is directly impacting how many physicians are able to practice care. An ineffectual system in which doctors cannot afford to operate for fear of litigation results in patients losing access to vital health services; however, it is also important to ensure an environment where patients are adequately protected from medical harm. Come learn about this exciting intersection of law and medicine from a leading scholar in the field!



About the Speaker:

Dr. Blumstein ranks among the nation’s most prominent scholars of health law. As the director of Vanderbilt’s Health Policy Center, Professor Blumstein has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants concerning managed care, hospital management and medical malpractice. 


In 2007, he received the prestigious McDonald- Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine from the University of Indiana and delivered the award lecture on hospital-physician joint-venture relationships. Professor Blumstein has been the Olin Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth Medical School, and a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School and at Duke’s Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs. He has served as former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s counsel on TennCare reform and has participated actively in a number of Supreme Court cases, arguing three.