Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD

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

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 and 2012. She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009 and won the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award.

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 has been widely quoted in the press.

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Research Information

Research Interests

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


Hoffman S. "Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow." (Praeger, 2015). ISBN 1440838909.

Hoffman S. Citizen Science: The Law and Ethics of Public Access to Medical Big Data, 30 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1741 (2015).

Hoffman S, Podgurski A. Big Bad Data:  Law, Public Health, and Biomedical Databases. J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Mar;41 Suppl 1:56-60. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12040.

Hoffman S. The Drugs Stop Here:  A Public Health Framework to Address the Drug Shortage Crisis. Food Drug Law J. 2012;67(1):1-21, i.

Hoffman S, Podgurski A. Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Needs in Electronic Health Records Research (April 12, 2012). 65 Southern Methodist University Law Review 85 (2012).

Hoffman S, Podgurski A. Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology:  What about Safety? J Law Med Ethics. 2011 Mar; 39 Suppl 1:77-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00572.x.

Hoffman S. The Importance of Immutability in Employment Discrimination Law. 52 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1483 (2011).


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