Cathy Shine Lecture 2018

Is Patient Privacy Dead?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1 to 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street

Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided


The adoption of electronic health records, social media, and new attitudes about disclosure of highly personal information call into question traditional notions of health privacy. This talk will consider the desirability and feasibility of protecting informational health privacy in the 21st century.


Mark-Rothstein-120x150Mark A. Rothstein, Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Mark A. Rothstein is the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and the founding director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also has faculty appointments at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Rothstein has concentrated his research on health privacy, bioethics, genetics, and public health. From 1999 to 2008, he was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), where he chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality. His work on the NCVHS provided public input on the drafting of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and key elements of the HITECH Act, passed by Congress in 2009.

He is a past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics; an elected member of the American Law Institute; and an elected fellow of the Hastings Center. Since 2011, Rothstein has served as department editor for public health ethics and law of the American Journal of Public Health. Since 2000, he has written a regular column on bioethics for the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He is the author or editor of 19 books and nearly 300 book chapters and articles. Among his many honors are receiving the Public Health Hero Award from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and the Louis D. Brandeis Health Privacy Award from Patient Privacy Rights.

Before joining the University of Louisville faculty in 2001, Rothstein was the Cullen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Georgetown University.