Marc A. Rodwin

Professor of Law

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Marc A. Rodwin is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. He is the author of Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine: The United States, France and Japan (Oxford, 2011); and Medicine, Money & Morals: Physicians' Conflicts of Interest (Oxford, 1993). Rodwin has testified before Congress and state legislatures and served on government commissions and advisory boards, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Indiana Commission on Hospital Antitrust. He has provided training on conflicts of interest related to pharmaceutical good governance for various nations under the aegis of the World Health Organization. He has participated in meetings of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine and worked for the World Health Organization.

Rodwin has assisted consumer groups including the Consumer Federation of America, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care. He has worked as a consultant or expert witness on policy-related litigation involving fiduciary law, physicians' conflicts of interests, competition law, and pharmaceutical issues.

Rodwin has been a recipient of several fellowships and grants including: Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Ethics Center Lab Fellowship;  IMéRA Institute Fellowship/ SIRIC Chair;  the Brocher Foundation residency fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, German Marshal Fund, Social Science Research Council/Abe Fellowship; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award, and the Pew Health Policy Doctoral Fellowship. 

Rodwin has been a visiting faculty member or scholar at several universities in France and Japan. He has given talks at professional meetings and universities in France, Canada Japan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Ecuador, Mexico, Tunisia, The Philippines, Oman and the U.S., including Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of California, M.I.T., University of Virginia, and the RAND Corporation. He has participated in meetings sponsored by the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the American College of Physicians, the Health Care Financial Management Association, the National Health Policy Forum and other groups. 

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Rodwin was Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and before that, he was a lecturer at Tufts and Brandeis Universities. He has also practiced civil litigation in Boston law firms and worked as a consultant. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.

Rodwin has published in The New England Journal of Medicine; The Journal of the American Medical Association; Health Affairs; British Medical Journal; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; The Milbank Quarterly; The American Prospect; Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics; The American Journal of Law and Medicine; The Cambridge Quarterly for Health Care Ethics; the Food and Drug Law Journal and numerous law journals.


  • BA, Brown University
  • BA, MA, Oxford University
  • JD, University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University




Book Chapters 

  • Rodwin, Marc A. Conflicts of Interest in Medical Practice: Causes and Cures (ch.5), In Hauray, B, Gaudillière JP, and Michel H. (eds) Conflict of Interest and Medicine: Knowledge, Practices and Mobilizations, 109-28. Routledge (2021).
  • Rodwin, Marc A. Conflicts of interest in Human Subject Research: Best Practices, International Standards, and Challenges in Implementing US regulations, (Ulf Schmidt, Andreas Frewer, and Dominique Sprumont eds.) in HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS AND THE DECLARATION OF HELSINKI (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2020).
  • Rodwin, Marc A. “Can Retail Pharmaceutical Price Transparency Lower Costs and Reduce Price Disparities?” In, Transparency in Health and Healthcare in the United States Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar and Barbara J. Evans. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Law, Religion, and Health Insurance, in LAW, RELIGION, AND HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), Cambridge University Press (2017).
  • Robertson, Christopher T. and Marc A. Rodwin, Money Blinding as a Solution to Biased Design and Conduct of Scientific Research, in BLINDING AS A SOLUTION TO BIAS: STRENGTHENING BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, FORENSIC SCIENCE, AND LAW (Christopher T. Robertson and Aaron S. Kesselheim eds., Elsevier, 2016).
  • Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Publications, in SCIENCE EDITORS' HANDBOOK (2nd ed., Smart and Pippa eds., 2013) 160-63 (with Herve Maisonneuve)
  • Qualification et régulation des conflits d’intérêts des professionnels de santé en France et aux Etats-Unis : l’exemple du « médecin-entrepreneur», in DROIT, SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES : QUELLES RESPONSABILITÉS ? COLLOQUES & DÉBATS. (LexisNexis, 2011) (with Moret-Bailly, Joël )
  • Patient Appeals as Policy Disputes: Individual and Collective Action in Managed Care, in PATIENTS AS POLICY ACTORS (Rutgers University Press, Beatrice Hoffman and Nancy Tomes eds., 2011)
  • Patient Data: Professionalism, Property and Policy, in MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM IN A NEW INFORMATION AGE (Rutgers University Press, David Rothman and David Blumenthal eds., 2010)
  • The Metamorphosis of Managed Care, in LER CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE MEDICINA Y SALUD. (México, D.F.: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México., Octavio Rivero Serrano ed., 2009)
  • Chapter 9: Physicians' Conflicts of Interest in HMOs and Hospitals [PDF], in CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN CLINICAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH (Roy Spece, Jr. and David Shimm and Allen Buchanan eds., 1996)
  • Halfway Competitive Markets and Ineffective Regulation: The American Health Care System, in COMPETITION IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR: TEN YEARS LATER (Durham: Duke University Press, W. Greenberg ed., 1988)


Professional Activities

Advisory Board: Open Society Institute program on Medicine as a Profession. Editorial boards: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; the American Journal of Law and Medicine; Laws: An international, scholarly, open access journal. Co-organizer of Brief of Health Law, Policy, and Ethics Scholars as Amici Curiae, In Support of Respondent, Pegram v. Herdrich. Past program chair and past forum chair, American Public Health Law Association, Health Law Section.

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  • MA
  • Washington D.C.
Professor of Law Marc Rodwin

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Courses Taught

Health Law and Policy

Pharmaceutical law and Policy

Biomedical Law and Public Policy

Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act

Race and Social Determinants of Health

Race and American Law (jointly with other faculty)

Civil Disobedience and Social Movements

Medical Malpractice and Its Reform

Managed Care Law

Conflicts of Interest Seminar

Professional Responsibility