Anna Mastroianni

  • Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 616-3482
Email: amastroi@uw.edu

Anna Mastroianni

Education

B.A., B.S., University of Pennsylvania J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School M.P.H., University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Bioethics — Family Law — Genetic Testing — Health Law — Medical Research Ethics — Prescription Drugs — Reproductive Rights — Stem Cells

Recent Courses

LAW A 580 Family Law
LAW B 575 Family Law: Selected Topics
LAW H 510 Topics In Law And Medicine
LAW H 520 Genetics And The Law
LAW H 536 Research Ethics And Regulation

Selected Publications

  • Jeffrey Kahn & Anna Mastroianni, Epidemiology and Informed Consent, in Ethics and Epidemiology 2d ed. (S. Coughlin S. & A. Dawson eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics (Anna Mastroianni, Nancy Kass & Jeffrey Kahn eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy P. Sugarman, Pursuing Justice in Research, in Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research 208-15 (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 2018).
  • Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research (2d ed., Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 2018). 248 pages.

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Anna Mastroianni, JD, MPH, is Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and Associate Director of the university’s Institute for Public Health Genetics. She holds additional faculty appointments in the UW’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine and is Affiliate Faculty at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute. Before joining the UW faculty, she worked as a practicing health care attorney and served in a number of legal and governmental policy positions in Washington, D.C. Her scholarly work examines the intersection of law, bioethics, public health, and health policy, with special emphasis on the legal and ethical challenges arising in research with pregnant women, the use of genetic technologies in public health, reproductive rights, and family building through assisted reproductive technologies.

Professor Mastroianni is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognized for her contributions to health policy, law, and bioethics. She serves on consensus, advisory,  and oversight committees, both nationally and internationally. For the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that work has included examining:  ethics and policy for oversight of social sciences research, policies for the National Immunization Program‘s research procedures and data sharing, ethical and policy issues in the introduction of mitochondria replacement techniques, and ethics of health standards for long-duration space flight. She has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and as Trustee of the Population Council. She is a current member of the Standing Committee on Aerospace Medicine and the Medicine of Extreme Environments, and since 2014 has chaired the Wellcome Trust (UK) Medical Humanities & Social Science Selection Panel.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews


Books or Treatises


Book Chapters

  • Jeffrey Kahn & Anna Mastroianni, Epidemiology and Informed Consent, in Ethics and Epidemiology 2d ed. (S. Coughlin S. & A. Dawson eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  • Jeffrey Kahn, Anna Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman, Examining Justice in Research: An Introduction and Overview, in Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research 1-12 (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 2018).
  • Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy P. Sugarman, Pursuing Justice in Research, in Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research 208-15 (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 2018).
  • Margaret Olivia Little, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Anna C. Mastroianni & Ruth R. Faden, Ethics and Research with Pregnant Women: Lessons from HIV/AIDS, in Clinical Research Involving Pregnant Women 227-46 (Fran?oise Baylis & Angela Ballantyne eds., Springer 2016).
  • Anna C. Mastroianni & Luigi Mastroianni Jr., Egg Donation: Ethical Considerations and Regulatory Context, in Ethical Dilemmas in Assisted Reproductive Technologies 111-19 (Joseph G. Schenker ed., De Gruyter 2011).
  • Jeffrey P. Kahn & Anna C. Mastroianni, Informed Consent in Epidemiologic Research, in Ethics and Epidemiology 71-83 (2d ed., Steven S. Coughlin, Tom L. Beauchamp & Douglas L. Weed eds., Oxford University Press 2009).
  • Jeffrey Kahn & Anna Mastroianni, The Implications of Public Health for Bioethics, in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics 671-95 (Bonnie Steinbock ed., Oxford University Press 2007).
  • Anna Mastroianni, How Are We Doing? Outsiders Judge the IRBs, in PRIM&R Through the Years, 1974-2005: Three Decades of Protecting Human Subjects 362-69 (Paula Knudsen et al. eds., Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research 2006).
  • Kate Battuello & Anna Mastroianni, Legal Issues, in Gene-Environment Interactions: Fundamentals of Ecogenetics 411-26 (Lucio G. Costa & David L. Eaton eds., Wiley-Liss 2006).
  • Anna C. Mastroianni & Roger Jansson, The Legal Treatment of Surgical Innovation, in Ethical Guidelines for Innovative Surgery 93-116 (Angelique M. Reitsma & Jonathan D. Moreno eds., University Publishing Group 2006).
  • Lisa V. Brock & Anna C. Mastroianni, Sperm and Egg Retrieval for Posthumous Reproduction: Practical, Ethical, and Legal Considerations, in Office Andrology 267-83 (Phillip E. Patton & David E. Battaglia eds., Humana Press 2005).
  • Ruth Faden, Anna Mastrionni & Jeffrey Kahn, Beyond Belmont: Trust, Openness, and the Work of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, in Belmont Revisited: Ethical Principles for Research with Human Subjects 41-54 (James F. Childress, Eric M. Meslin & Harold T. Shapiro eds., Georgetown University Press 2005).
  • Anna Mastroianni, Geka shujutsu no gijutsu kakushin : H?teki sekinin to kisei [Surgical Innovation: Liability and Regulation], in Seimei rinri to h? [Bioethics and the Law] 382-420 (Norio Higuchi & Y?ko Tsuchiya eds., K?bund? 2005).
  • Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman, Implementing Justice in a Changing Research Environment, in Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research 166-73 (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 1998).
  • Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman, Changing Claims about Justice in Research: An Introduction and Overview, in Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research 1-10 (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Anna C. Mastroianni & Jeremy Sugarman eds., Oxford University Press 1998).

Professional Publications


  • Chair, "Pregnancy and Infectious Disease: Ethical, Legal, and Global Challenges in Clinical Research", 66th Annual Meeting, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (November 6, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Pregnant Women and Infectious Disease: Legal Issues", 66th Annual Meeting, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (November 6, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Research with Pregnant Women: Permissible Regulations, Cautious Practice, Ethics of Research in Pregnancy", with Leslie Meltzer Henry, Global Forum on Bioethics in Research, (November 3, 2017)
  • Co-Organizer, "Secrecy, Security and Science: Reflection on the 20-year Legacy of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments", Robert H. Levi Research Symposium (a Presidential Commission established by William Jefferson Clinton), John Hopkins University (October 5, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Research with Pregnant Women", with Leslie Meltzer Henry, 39th Annual Health Law Professors’ Conference, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics (June 3, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Country Report: United States", International Symposium: Justice and Challenges in Clinical Research, Nagoya University (March 13, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Reflections on the History of IVF", History of IVF Workshop, Cambridge University (December 1, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Informed Consent in Health Research in the Online Environment", 6th World Conference on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web, Medicine 2.0 (September 23, 2013)
  • "Legislating Apology for Medical Errors: When Just Saying "Sorry" Isn't Enough", Center for Law, Health & Society, Georgia State University College of Law (April 25, 2011)
  • "The View from the Cloud: Electronic Health Information and Privacy in Public Health Research and Practice", University of Western Australia (March 21, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Cuándo, Qué y a Quién Se Debe Informar Acerca De Los Resultados De La Investigación y De Los Hallazgos Imprevistos De La Misma", Seminario Intensivo De Ética De La Investigación, Fogarty International Center (June 3, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Riesgos evitados, oportunidades perdidas: pasado, presente y futuro de las mujeres embarazadas como sujetos de investigación", Seminario Intensivo De Ética De La Investigación, Fogarty International Centef (June 2, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Genetic Testing in the Workplace", International Workshop on Genetics, Medical Technologies and Health Policies, European School of Genetic Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University (March 9, 2009)
  • "Incommensurable Views: How Should the Tensions Between a Utilitarian Approach to Science and Other Moral and Religious Belief Systems Be Approached?", Joint Conference on Science and the Citizen, Salzburg Global Seminar and 21st Century Trust (May 20, 2008)
  • "The Ethics of Research and the Growth of Bioethics in the United States", Keio University Medical School (March 22, 2006)