Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD

Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law
School of Law
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
The Law-Medicine Center
School of Law

Sharona Hoffman joined the faculty in 1999. She is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law School's Law-Medicine Center. She teaches Health Law courses, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure and was voted First Year Teacher of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2019.  She has won several other distinctions for her teaching and scholarship, including the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award.  Professor Hoffman served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009.

Professor Hoffman received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston, and an S.J.D. in health law from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to becoming an academic, Ms. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman (Western District of Michigan).

In 2013, Professor Hoffman was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a scholar-in-residence fellowship in public health law. She has also twice spent a sabbatical semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University in 2014 as well. Dr. Hoffman was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2017.

Professor Hoffman has published over sixty articles and book chapters on health law and civil rights issues. She has developed particular expertise and a national reputation in the area of health information technology. Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among many other journals. She is the author of two books: Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (Praeger 2015) and Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2016). Professor Hoffman has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and is widely quoted in the media.

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Research Information

Research Interests

  •  Employment Discrimination
  •  Health Law
  •  Health Information Technology
  •  Public Health Emergencies
  •  Elder Care Issues


Specialty Drugs and the Health Care Cost Crisis,” 55 Wake Forest Law Review 55 (2020) (with Isaac D. Buck)

What Genetic Testing Teaches about Predictive Health Analytics Regulation,” 98 North Carolina Law Review 123 (2019)

Healing the Healers:  Legal Remedies for Physician Burnout,” 18 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 56 (2019)

Step Therapy:  Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of a Cost-Cutting Measure,” 73 Food and Drug Law Journal 38 (peer-reviewed) (2018)

"Your Money or Your Patient’s Life? Ransomware and Electronic Health Records" 167 Annals of Internal Medicine 587 (2017) (with Glenn Cohen and Eli Adashi).

Big Data and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” 68 Hastings Law Journal 777 (2017)


Doctor of Juridical Science
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Laws
University of Houston
Juris Doctor
Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts
Wellesley College