|Bryan A. Liang
E. Donald Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Law and Executive Director, Institute of Health Law Studies; Professor of Anesthesiology and Director, San Diego Center for Patient Safety; University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
J.D. Harvard University
M.D. Columbia University
Ph.D. University of Chicago [public policy]
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology [chemistry]
Courses Taught: Health Law & Medical Liability; Influencing Public Policy; Introduction to Law; Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Survey of Health Law
Professor Liang is a prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher who has authored or co-authored five books and over 300 articles on a range of health law and policy topics. He is well known for his policy work in the interface between law, medicine, economic incentive structures, public health, ethics, and patient safety, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Journal of Patient Safety, Hospital Physician, Survey of Anesthesiology, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, and the National Faculty of Core Content Review of Family Medicine. He also serves or has served on a wide array of important law and policy bodies, including the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Study Section, American Bar Association Advisor for the National Conference on Commissioners of State Laws in Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Council on Foreign Affairs Global Drug Safety Roundtable Core Member, the American College of Chest Physicians Mass Casualty Resources Panel, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on Falsified, Substandard, and Counterfeit Medicines, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health, the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and as the Vice President of the Partnership for Safe Medicines. He does not have a high school diploma, which may explain a lot.
Professor Liang is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University.
Selected Publications (for access to many of these pieces, click here).
Lovett KM, Liang BA, Mackey TK. Evaluating the Evidence: Direct-to-Consumer Screening Tests Advertised Online, J Med Screening (2012), forthcoming
Mackey TK, Liang BA, Novotny T. Evolution of Tobacco Labeling and Packaging: Global Health Governance and International Legal Considerations. Am J Pub Health. 2012; In press.
Lovett KM, Liang BA, Mackey T. Online Direct-to-Consumer Access to Insulin: Patient Safety Considerations and Reform. J Diab Sci Tech. 2012; In press.
Mackey TK, Liang BA. Threats from Emerging and Re-emerging Neglected Tropical Diseases. Infec Ecol Epi. 2012; In press.
Hottinger M, Liang BA. Deficiencies of the FDA in Evaluating Generic Formulations: Addressing Narrow Therapeutic Drugs. Am J Law Med. 2012; In press.
Mackey T, Liang BA. Oncology and the Internet: Regulatory Failure and Reform. J Onc Prac. 2012; In press.
Mackey T, Liang BA. Promoting Global Health: Utilizing WHO to Integrate Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Drug Disc Today. 2012; In press.
Liang BA, Mackey T, Lovett KM. Suspect Online Sellers and Contraceptive Access. Contraception. 2012; In press.
Mackey TM, Liang BA. Brain Drain: Exploring Resource Allocation to Address Health Worker Migration and Promote Global Health. Health Policy. 2012; In press.
Liang BA, Mackey T, Lovett KM. Emerging Dangers from Direct Botulinum Access and Use. J Homeland Sec Emerg Manag. 2012; In press.
Liang BA, Lovett KM. Error Disclosure and Patient Safety: Integrating Lessons and Entity Culture for Continuous System Improvement. In: Agrawal A., ed. Clinical Case Series in Patient Safety. New York: Springer, 2012; In press.
Liang BA, Mackey T. Tipping Point: Biosimilars, Emerging Markets, and Public-Private Engagement to Promote Global Health. J Comm Biotech. 2012;18(4):65-74 (2012).
Mackey T, Liang BA. Globalization, Evolution and Emergence of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Are Emerging Markets the Next Pharmaceutical Marketing Frontier? J Comm Biotech. 2012;18(4): 58-64.
Brown M, Mackey T, Liang BA. Global Health Diplomacy and Management Mechanisms of US-China Public Health Collaborations in China: Lessons for Emerging Markets. J Comm Biotech. 2012;18(4):44-50.
Mackey TM, Liang BA. Physician and Juror Assessment of Malpractice Case Scenarios: Does the Legal System Provide an Apprpriate Signal to Promote Patient Safety? Bull Health Pol'y Law. 2012;1(1):e6.
Mackey TK, Liang BA. Separating Online Piracy from Counterfeit Medicines: The Need for Policy Reform and a Call to Action. Health Policy Tech. 2012;1:120-122.
Mackey T, Liang BA. Global Health Policy Coordination to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases. Trop Med Inter Health 2012;17(9):1053-1056.
Liang BA, Mackey T. Internet Risks to Sexual Health. Nature Rev Urol. 2012;9:480-482.
Liang BA, Mackey TM. Stem Cells, Dot-Com. 4(151) Science Translational Medicine 151cm9 (2012).
Liang BA, Lovett KM. Online Elder Abuse: Addressing Senior Safety Risks. Experience. 2012;22(2)17-22.
Direct-to-consumer Disease Screeing with Finger Stick Testing: Online Patient Safety Risks. 58(7) CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 1091 (2012). (with Kimberly Lovett)
Emerging Dangers from Direct Botulnum Access and Use. JOURNAL OF HOMELAND SEC EMERG MANAGE. 2012; forthcoming (with Tim Mackey and Kimberly Lovett).
Quality Care Opportunities: Refining Physician Performance Measurement in the Ambulatory Care Setting, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE (2012), forthcoming. (with Kimberly Lovett)
Risks of Online Direct-to-Consumer Tumor Markers for Cancer Screening. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2012 doi: 10.1200/JCO.2011.37.8984., forthcoming (with Kimberly Lovett and Tim Mackey)
Error Disclosure and Patient Safety: Integrating Lessons and Entity Culture for Continuous System Improvement. In: Agrawal A, ed. CLINICAL CASE SERIES IN PATIENT SAFETY. New York: Springer, 2012; forthcoming. (with Kimberly Lovett)
Integrating Biodiversity Management and Indigenous Biopiracy Protection to Promote Environmental Justice and Global Health, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (2012), forthcoming. (with Tim Mackey)
Creating Illicit Laparoscopic Appendectomy Operating Rooms Using Online Sourcing, 78(4) AMERICAN SURGEON 502-503 (2012). (with Tim Mackey)
Addressing Illicit Online Pharmacies: Global Patient Safety and Regulatory Challenges. In: COMBATING SUBSTANDARD AND COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS: CHALLENGES, IDENTIFICATION, AND POLICY (Perry Wang & Albert Wertheimer, eds.), London: ILM Publications (2012), 75-89. (with Tim Mackey)
Preparing for Health Diplomacy Negotiations—Global Governance and the Failed Case of Taiwan, WHO, and SARS. In: Ellen Rosskam & Ilona Kickbusch, eds., NEGOTIATING AND NAVIGATING GLOBAL HEALTH: CASE STUDIES IN GLOBAL HEALTH DIPLOMACY, London: Imperial College World Scientific Press (2012), 173-202. (with Tim Mackey)
Online Availability and Safety of Drugs in Shortage: A Descriptive Study of Internet Vendor Characteristics,14(1) JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH e27 (2012) doi:10.2196/jmir.1999. (with Tim Mackey)
Waking Up to the Risks of DTC Sleep Apnea Screening Tests Online, 8(1) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINES 5-6 (2012). (with Tim Mackey and Kimberly Lovett)
Vaccine Shortages and Suspect Online Pharmacy Sellers, 30(2) VACCINE 103 (2012) doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.11.016. (with Tim Mackey)
Lessons from SARS and H1N1/A: Employing a WHO-WTO Forum to Promote Optimal Economic-Public Health Pandemic Response, 33(1) JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY 119-131 (2012), doi:10.1057/jphp.2011.51. (with Tim Mackey)
eHealth Ethics: The Online Medical Marketplace and Emerging Ethical Issues, ETHICS IN BIOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MEDICINE (2011). (with Tim Mackey and Kimberly Lovett)
Evaluation of Online Advertisements of Direct-to-Consumer Thermography for Breast Cancer Screening, 11 NATURE REVIEWS CANCER 827 (2011). doi:10.1038/nrc3170 (with Kimberly Lovett)
Emerging Patient Safety Issues Under Healthcare Reform: Follow On Biologics and Immunogenicity, 7 THERAPEUTICS AND CLINICAL RISK MANAGEMENT 483 (2011). (with Timothy Mackey)
Off Label Promotion Reform: A Legislative Proposal Addressing Vulnerable Patient Drug Access and Inappropriate Pharmaceutical Marketing, 45(1) UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM 1 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
Quality and Safety in Health Care: What Does the Future Hold? 135 ARCHIVES OF PATHOLOGY & LABORATORY MEDICINE 1425 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
The Global Counterfeit Drug Trade: Patient Safety and Public Health Risks, 100(11) JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES 4571 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
Prevalence and Global Health Implications of Social Media in Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising, 13(3) JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH e64 (2011) doi:10.2196/jmir.1775. (with Tim Mackey)
Couseling Seniors and Garegivers on Medication Safety, NY STATE BAR JOURNAL, July/Aug. 2011, at 72. (with Tim Mackey)
Promoting Online Drug Safety: Using Public-Private Partnerships to Deter Illicit Online Drug Sales, 17(3) JOURNAL OF COMMERCIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 266 (2011) (with Tim Mackey)
Global Governance: Promoting Biodiversity and Protecting Indigenous Communities Agaist Biopiracy, 17(3) JOURNAL OF COMMERCIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 248 (2011).
Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health, 17(3) JOURNAL OF COMMERCIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 230 (2011).
PTSD in Returning Wounded Warriors: Ensuring Medically Appropriate Evaluation and Legal Representation Through Legislative Reform, 22(1) STANFORD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 177 (2011). (with Mark Boyd)
Moving from Traditional Law and Medicine To Promote Safety and Effective Risk Management. In: NURSING MALPRACTICE (Patricia Iyer & Barbara J. Levin, eds.), Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. (2011), forthcoming. (with Tim Mackey)
DTC Cardiac Screening and Suspect Risk Evaluation, 305(24) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 2567 (2011). (with Kimberly Lovett)
Transplant Candidates and Substance Use: Adopting Rational Health Policy for Resource Allocation, 44(3) UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM 668 (2011). (with Erin Minelli)
Reforming Direct to Consumer Advertising, 29(5) NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 397 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
Two Steps Back, SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL, April 25, 2011. (with Kimberly Lovett)
Inappropriate Care Provision at the End-of-Life: A Policy Proposal for Hospitals, 15 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & LAW 137 (2011). (with Carolyn Standley)
Direct to Consumer Advertising with Interactive Internet Media: Global Regulation and Public Health Issues, 305(8) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 824 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
In Situ Simulation: Using Aviation Principles to Identify Relevant Teamwork and Systems Issues to Promote Patient Safety, 1(1) INTL J. SAFETY HIGH-CONSEQUENCE INDUSTRIES 53 (2011) (with William Riley, William Rutherford, Jeff Beaubien).
The Role of Practice Guidelines in Medical Malpractice Litigation, 13(1) VIRTUAL MENTOR: ETHICS JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 36 (2011). (with Tim Mackey)
Comment: The Disclosure Dilemma: Large Scale Events, 55(1) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 57 (2011).
Pharmaceutical Marketing: A Year of Interesting Times, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, December 22, 2010. (with Tim Mackey)
Addressing Institutional Conflict of Interest to Promote Patient Safety, 7(6) PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY HEALTHCARE 36 (2010). (with Tim Mackey)
Supporting Prosecution of Pharmaceutical Diversion and Counterfeiting: A Role for Medical Professionals, 13(1&2) J. BIOLAW & BUS. 55 (2010).
Pharmaceutical Crime: Investigating and Prosecuting Drug Diversion and Counterfeiting, 13(1&2) J. BIOLAW & BUS. 36 (2010).
Comment: Advance Directives and Outcomes of Surrogate Decision Making Before Death, 54 SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 220 (2010).
Fibrinolysis and legal mythology: The demographics of tPA-stroke litigation, 8(suppl.1) JOURNAL OF THROMBOSIS AND HAEMOSTASIS 64 (2010).
Health Care Mandates: A Reply, Inside Higher Ed, November 17, 2010. (with Tim Mackey)
Judgment Nothwithstanding the Verdict: In reply, 22(3) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ANESTHESIA 225 (2010).
Time to Grade on Patient Experience, 13(7) HEALTH LEADERS 8 (2010).
Mandatory Vaccination: Saving Lives and Money, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS, May 20, 2010.
How College Health-Care Plans Fail Students, CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 16, 2010.
The ABCs of Accountable Care Organizations, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 5, 2010, at 5.
Effectiveness of California Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care Rescission Settlements, Testimony Before the Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, California State Assembly, Mar. 10, 2010.
Confronting Conflict: Addressing Institutional Conflict of Interest in Academic Medical Centers, 36(1) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LAW & MEDICINE 136 (2010). (with Tim Mackey)
Crisis on Campus: Student Access to Health Care, 43 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM 617 (2010).
Comment: Accuracy of Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Reported by Physicians, 54(2) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 63 (2010).
Reforming Off-Label Promotion to Enhance Orphan Disease Treatment, 327(5963) SCIENCE 273 (2010). (with Tim Mackey)
Searching for Safety: A Reply to Cooperman and Levitt, 35(4) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LAW & MEDICINE 687 (2009). (with Tim Mackey)
Searching for Safety: Addressing Search Engine and Provider Responsibility for Illicit Online Drug Sales, 35(1) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LAW & MEDICINE 125 (2009). (with Tim Mackey)
High-Tech Medicines, Built to Mirror Originals, Can Have Dangerous Differences, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, May 18, 2009.
Plan for High Tech Prescriptions Ignores Grave Safety Concerns, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, April 1, 2009, at 6.
Responsibility for anesthesiologist suicide relating to drug abuse, 21(2) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ANESTHESIA 135 (2009).
Dear Mr. President: The Right Medicine for Health Care Reform, NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES, March 16, 2009.
Public Health Law & Military Medical Assets: Legal Issues in Federalizing National Guard Personnel, 18 ANNALS OF HEALTH LAW 35 (2009). (with James Balcius)
What institutions can do to help ensure the health of their student bodies, UNIVERSITY BUSINESS, March 1, 2009, at 52.
Litigation Regarding tPA and Stroke: In Reply, 53(3) ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE 404 (2009). (with Justin A. Zivin)
Comment: Assessment of Patients’ Competence to Consent to Treatment, 53(1) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 46 (2009).
Comment: Role of Professional Organizations in Regulating Physician Expert Witness Testimony, 53(1) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 45 (2009).
Biologics Are Like Siblings, PHARMACEUTICAL EXECUTIVE, February 5, 2009.
Politicians in Georgia Should Work to Increase Health Insurance Coverage, THE DAILY CITIZEN (GA), January 6, 2009.
Covering the Shadow Uninsured: Ensuring the Health of the Student Body, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, December 23, 2008, at 4.
Research and Momentum, 11(3) JOURNAL OF BIOLAW & BUSINESS 41 (2008).
Expand access to health insurance, SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, November 20, 2008, at B7; simultaneously published as: Dear President Obama: Ways to Expand Access to Health Insurance Now, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, November 20, 2008, at 6.
Simple Solutions for Health Insurance, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, November 15, 2008.
Review of Tissue Plasminogen Activator, Ischemic Stroke, and Potential Legal Issues, 65(11) ARCHIVES OF NEUROLOGY 1429 (2008). (with Robert Lew & Justin A. Zivin)
Pigs, Drugs and Terrorists, PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY HEALTHCARE, Nov./Dec. 2008, at 10.
3 Steps to Wider Health Care, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, November 5, 2008.
About Boeings and Biologics, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, October 15, 2008.
Recognizing a Prescription for Disaster, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, September 25, 2008, at 6.
A Dose of Reality: Promoting Access to Pharmaceuticals, 8(3) WAKE FOREST INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL 301 (2008).
College health systems gravely ill, THE CAPITAL TIMES (WI), September 15, 2008, reprinted as Problems of health insurance put students at risk, CENTRE DAILY TIMES (PA), September 15, 2008, CONCORD MONITOR (NH), September 16, 2008.
"Standards" of anesthesia: Law and ASA Guidelines, 20(5) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ANESTHESIA 393-396 (2008). (with Kara Fermani)
Obama too quick to announce $6 million for small business health plans, THE TIDEWATER REVIEW, September 3, 2008, at 5B.
Empirical Characteristics of Stroke and Tissue Plasminogen Activator Litigation, 52 ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE 160 (2008). (with Justin A. Zivin)
E-Pedigree and Ridley-Thomas Bill Must Take Into Account Internet, CAPITOL WEEKLY, July 17, 2008, at A7.
Legal Concerns in Patient Safety: The Need for Regulatory Action, 4(2) JOURNAL OF PATIENT SAFETY 51 (2008).
Aviones de juguete y medicamentos complicados, EL BOHEMIO (San Francisco, CA), July 16, 2008, reprinted as: Aviones de juguete y medicamentos complicados, ELDIARIO (New York, NY), July 18, 2008 at 23.
Ailing College Health Programs: Cures for College-Sponsored Program Woes, UNIVERSITY BUSINESS, July 2008, at 80.
Promoting Public Health and Provider Response to Emergencies and Disasters, 11 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF LAW & SOCIAL CHANGE 29 (2008). (with Corey P. Hanrahan)
Losing Patience with Patient Care, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, June 5, 2008, at 6.
Comment: The Role of Litigation in Defining Drug Risks, 52(3) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 155 (2008).
Comment: Disclosing Harmful Medical Errors to Patients, 52(3) SURVEY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY 153 (2008).
U.S. Dares Not Assume Foreign Drugs Are Safe, OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, May 9, 2008, at 7B.
E-Pedigree: Effective Safety Efforts Too Important To Rush, CALIFORNIA PATIENT ACCESS TO TREATMENT NEWS, May 2008.
Don't compromise the safety of biotech drugs, LOS ANGELES TIMES, April 28, 2008, at 17, reprinted as: New Drug Technologies Require New Policies, NEW JERSEY STAR-LEDGER, May 5, 2008, at 15.
Trust but verify: Cooperation cannot mean abdication in the operating room, 20(2) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ANESTHESIA 150 (2008). (with Kha M. Tran)
Import Alert: U.S. Needs Strict Oversight of Foreign-Made Drugs, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, April 3, 2008, at 6.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005: Developing an Error Reporting System to Improve Patient Safety, 4(1) JOURNAL OF PATIENT SAFETY 13 (2008). (with William Riley, William Hamman, and William Rutherford).
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