Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, SJD

Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law
School of Law
Professor
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Co-Director
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. Professor Hoffman served as associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2006–2009. 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, most recently, the 2021 Case Western Reserve University Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Dr. Hoffman was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2017.

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, she 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. During her spring 2022 sabbatical, Professor Hoffman served as a visiting scholar at the National Institutes of Health Bioethics Department.

Professor Hoffman has published over 70 articles and book chapters on health law and civil rights issues. Her areas of focus include health information technology, aging and disability law. Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, Boston College Law Review, New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, among many other journals. Professor Hoffman was named the 9th most-cited health law scholar in the United States during 2016–2020. She is the author of two books: Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (2d ed., First Hill Books 2022) 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 frequently appears in the media.

More information is available at sharonahoffman.com.

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Research Information

Research Interests

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

Publications

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)

Education

Degree
Doctor of Juridical Science
Institution
Case Western Reserve University
Year Received
2017
Degree
Master of Laws
Institution
University of Houston
Year Received
1999
Degree
Juris Doctor
Institution
Harvard University
Year Received
1988
Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Institution
Wellesley College
Year Received
1985