Patricia A. Roche, JD

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Patricia Roche
Talbot – T356W
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Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights faculty member Winnie Roche practiced law in Massachusetts before joining the faculty of the School of Public Health. Her research and writing focuses on privacy, patient rights, and the impact of genetics on social policy, public health, and medical practice. She is also interested in the legal and ethical issues that arise in geriatric medicine. As Chair of the Catastrophic Illness in Children's Relief Fund Commission she worked with the Department of Public Health to provide tangible support to families in Massachusetts.


  • Antioch University New England, MEd
  • Newton College of the Sacred Heart, BA
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, JD

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW719
  • SPHLW951
  • SPHPH719
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 9/1/2010

    Roche P. The property/privacy conundrum over human tissue. HEC Forum. 2010 Sep; 22(3):197-209. PMID: 20737193.

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  • Published on 9/1/2010

    Glantz LH, Roche P, Annas GJ. Gift giving to biobanks. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Sep; 10(9):33-4. PMID: 20818558.

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  • Published on 6/1/2009

    Roche PA. Ethical challenges encountered in genomic research. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2009 Jun; 2(3):293-7. PMID: 20031598.

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  • Published on 1/17/2008

    Glantz L, Roche P, Annas GJ. Rules for donations to tissue banks--what next? N Engl J Med. 2008 Jan 17; 358(3):298-303. PMID: 18199870.

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  • Published on 8/10/2006

    Roche PA, Annas GJ. DNA testing, banking, and genetic privacy. N Engl J Med. 2006 Aug 10; 355(6):545-6. PMID: 16899773.

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  • Published on 2/25/2005

    Roche PA. Protecting privacy of human subjects. Science. 2005 Feb 25; 307(5713):1200-1; author reply 1200-1. PMID: 15731425.

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  • Published on 1/1/2002

    Roche PA. The genetic revolution at work: legislative efforts to protect employees. Am J Law Med. 2002; 28(2-3):271-83. PMID: 12197465.

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  • Published on 5/1/2000

    Roche PA, Grodin MA. The ethical challenge of stem cell research. Womens Health Issues. 2000 May-Jun; 10(3):136-9. PMID: 10828550.

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  • Published on 7/1/1999

    Roche PA, Grodin MA. Why single out pregnant women? Comments on ACOG's recommendations for involving pregnant women in research. Womens Health Issues. 1999 Jul-Aug; 9(4):202-5. PMID: 10438203.

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