Anna Mastroianni

  • Professor of Law

Contact

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

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 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 580 Family Law
LAW H 520 Genetics And The Law

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. 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

  • Anna Mastroianni & L. M. Henry, Closing the Gap: Improving Women’s Health through Research Inclusion, in Oxford Handbook of Research Ethics. (D. MacKay & A. Iltis eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • Anna C. Mastroianni, Jeffrey P. Kahn, & Sridhar Venkatapuram, Bioethics in a Post-Covid World—Time for Future-Facing Global Health Ethics, Ch. 6, in COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation (Hal Brands & Francis J. Gavin, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).
  • 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 2020).
  • 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


  • Panelist, Global Public Health, Ethics, Food Security, and Transnational Mitigation Strategies with Jessica Fanzo, Jeffrey Kahn, Sridhar Venkatapuram, Tom Inglesby, Lainie Rutkow, Alexandre White, World Order after Covid-19 Forum (Virtual Conference), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs (June 30, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Ethics, Regulation and Beyond: Policy Aspects of Research with Pregnant Women", Fudan-LSE Lecture Series No. 27, Institute for Global Public Policy, LSE-Fudan Research Centre for Global Public Policy, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Fudan University (December 9, 2019)
  • Speaker, "The Relationship Between Law and Ethics and Their Respective Roles in Governance of Biomedical Research", Workshop on Biotech Governance, Institute for Global Public Policy, LSE-Fudan Research Centre for Global Public Policy, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Fudan University (December 8, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Interdisciplinary Research: A Case Study on Pregnant Women and Research", Charm City Colloquium, University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (September 26, 2019)
  • 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)