Patricia Kuszler

  • Director, Center for Law, Science and Global Health
  • Director, Graduate Program in Health Law
  • Director, Master of Jurisprudence Program
  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-0511


B.A. 1974, Mills College M.D. 1978, Mayo Medical School J.D. 1991, Yale University, Senior Editor of the Law Journal

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Bioethics — DNA Evidence — Global Health — Health Care Law — Medical Malpractice

Recent Courses

LAW A 599 Legal Research Methods
LAW E 584 MJ Professional Development Seminar
LAW H 503 Medical Ethics And Jurisprudence
LAW H 508 Beginning Of Life: Rights And Choices
LAW H 512 Public Health Law

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Patricia C. Kuszler joined the faculty of the School of Law at the University of Washington in 1994 and is a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law.

In addition to her law faculty appointment, Professor Kuszler is an Adjunct Professor in the UW School of Medicine (Department of Bioethics and Humanities), the School of Public Health, and core faculty in the University's Institute for Public Health Genetics.

Professor Kuszler's teaching and research interests include the impact of law and regulation on health care delivery, health care finance,  research standards and misconduct, health and human rights, disability law, public health law in the age of bioterrorism, global and comparative health law, and the legal, ethical and policy issues presented by genetic information and the biotechnology industry.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Disability Law: Sixteen Modern Cases (Christy Thompson Ibrahim, Patricia C. Kuszler & Erin Moody eds., Carolina Academic Press 2014). 360 pages.
  • Discussions on Disability Law and Policy (Patricia C. Kuszler & Christy Thompson Ibrahim eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2014). 449 pages.
  • Patricia Kuszler, Kathryn Battuello & Sean O'Connor, Genetic Technologies and the Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2007). 1007 pages.
  • Kenneth R. Wing, Michael S. Jacobs & Patricia C. Kuszler, The Law and American Health Care (Aspen Law & Business 1998). 1250 pages.

Book Chapters

  • Patricia C. Kuszler, The Social, Political, and Economic Underpinnings of Biomedical Research and Development: A Formidable Status Quo, in Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Rethinking the Pathway to Benefit 22-39 (Wylie Burke et al. eds., Oxford University Press 2011).
  • Ann M. Dellinger & Patricia C. Kuszler, Infants, Public Policy and Legal Issues, in 3 Encyclopedia of Bioethics 1257-64 (Stephen G. Post ed., 3d ed. Macmillan Reference USA 2004).
  • Patricia C. Kuszler, “Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project,” in Public Interests and The Human Genome Project (National Legal Center for the Public Interest 2001).
  • Anne M. Dellinger & Patricia C. Kuszler, Infants: Public Policy and Legal Issues, in Encyclopedia of Bioethics 1214-19 (Warren T. Reich ed., rev. ed. Macmillan 1995).
  • Patricia C. Kuszler, Access to Treatment, in Healthcare Facilities Law, 1995 Supplement 73-90 (Anne M. Dellinger ed., Little Brown 1991).
  • Patricia C. Kuszler, Introduction to S. Josephine Baker, Fighting for Life (Krieger Publishing Co. 1980) (1939).

Professional Publications

  • Speaker, "Managing Incidental Findings from Pharmacogenetic Testing: Legal Obligations of Health Care Providers", Duke University (June 8, 2011)
  • Speaker, "International Research Ethics", Haramaya University Medical School Faculty (May 26, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Current Controversies in Clinical Ethics", Haramaya University Medical School (May 19, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Guns and Roses, Conscience Clauses and Contradiction", 2011 McCormick Lectureship in Science and Religion, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics and Humanities (April 8, 2011)
  • Moderator, "How & When Should Cancer Drug Treatments Be Expedited?", Regulating the Drug Treatment of Cancer: Who Decides & How?, University of Washington School of Law (March 4, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Guns and Roses: Conscience, Contradiction, and Constitutional Rights", Seattle Children's, Treuman Center for Pediatric Bioethics (February 25, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Global Health: What’s Law Got to Do with It?", University of Washington, Department of Global Health (February 18, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Role of Law and the Constitution in Promoting and Governing Health and Public Health", University of Washington School of Medicine (February 11, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Law & Clinical Decision-Making", Internal Medicine Residents, University of Washington School of Medicine (January 19, 2011)
  • Speaker, "UW International Biomedical Research Ethics Fellowship -- Indonesia", Network Meeting, National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center (November 20, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Cases in Law and Medicine", Cases in Clinical Ethics (HUBIO 548), University of Washington School of Medicine (September 27, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Health Reform 2010: Promises, Perils and a Global Perspective", Foster Pepper PLLC (September 9, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Implicit and Explicit Rationing in Health Care", Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine (August 6, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Law in the Context of Controversial Clinical Decision-Making", Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine (August 5, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Genes, Cells and Human Tissues: Ownership vs. Entrepreneurship", Osaka Institute of Technology (July 29, 2010)