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M. Gregg Bloche


Co-Director, Georgetown-Johns Hopkins Joint Program in Law and Public Health, Professor of Law

B.A., Columbia; J.D., M.D., Yale

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., is Professor of Law at Georgetown University and author of The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration...

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M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., is Professor of Law at Georgetown University and author of The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on health law and policy.  Bloche’s writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association; leading law reviews; and the New York Times, Washington Post, & other media outlets.  He has also been a frequent commentator in national broadcast media.  He was a health care advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign, as well as the presidential transition, and he spoke frequently for the campaign as a “surrogate.”  Bloche has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and Columbia law schools, as well as the Brookings Institution, and the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is a graduate of the law and medical schools at Yale, and he completed a residency in psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.  His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.  Bloche serves on several editorial boards and has advised governments and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad on a wide range of health policy issues.  He lives in Washington, D.C.
 

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Have to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2011).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Toward a Science of Torture?, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 1329-1355 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Scandal as a Sentinel Event—Recognizing Hidden Cost–Quality Trade-offs, 374 New Eng. J. Med. 1001-1003 (2016).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Aria Laskin, Noah Dolgoy & Han Limei, Beyond Autonomy? A Transnational Comparison of End-of-Life Decision Making by Mature Minors, 18 Mich. St. U. J. Med. & L. 139-159 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Interrogation Medicine?, in Law and Global Health 354-365 (Michael Freeman, Sarah Hawkes & Belinda Bennett eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Beyond Learned Helplessness: Solving America's Health Care Cost Conundrum (Maxwell Gregg Bloche ed., Wash., D.C.: Brookings Institution Press forthcoming).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Beyond Theory: The Tasks of Health Care Law, Geo. L.J. (forthcoming).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche , JAMA (reviewing James C. Robinson, The Corporate Practice of Medicine: Competition and Innovation in Physician Organization (1999)) (forthcoming).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Spinning Politics into Science, Persp. in Biol. & Med. (forthcoming).   

Books

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Have to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2011).    [BOOK]
  • The Privatization of Health Care Reform: Legal and Regulatory Perspectives (Maxwell Gregg Bloche ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Y. Stith & Alan R. Nelson eds., Wash., D.C.: National Academy Press 2003) (Maxwell Gregg Bloche, member of the Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Toward a Science of Torture?, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 1329-1355 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Scandal as a Sentinel Event—Recognizing Hidden Cost–Quality Trade-offs, 374 New Eng. J. Med. 1001-1003 (2016).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Aria Laskin, Noah Dolgoy & Han Limei, Beyond Autonomy? A Transnational Comparison of End-of-Life Decision Making by Mature Minors, 18 Mich. St. U. J. Med. & L. 139-159 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Sujata M. Jhaveri, Health Care Reform and the Logic of Emergence, 11 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 193-215 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Rebecca L. Haffajee, The FCTC and the Psychology of Tobacco Control, 5 Asian J. WTO & Int'l Health L. & Pol'y 87-113 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Emergent Logic of Health Law, 82 S. Cal. L. Rev. 389-480 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Consumer-Directed Health Care and the Disadvantaged, 26 Health Aff. 1315-1327 (2007).    [WWW]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, A Graveyard for Grand Theory, 26 Health Aff. 1534-1536 (2007).    [WWW]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Health Care for All?, 357 New Eng. J. Med. 1173-1175 (2007).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Race, Money and Medicines, 34 J.L. Med. & Ethics 555-558 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Consumer-Directed Health Care, 355 New Eng. J. Med. 1756-1759 (2006).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Supreme Court and the Purposes of Medicine, 354 New Eng. J. Med. 993-995 (2006).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Tax Preferences For Nonprofits: From Per Se Exemption To Pay-For-Performance, Health Aff., Jan./June 2006, at W304-W307.   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, American Medicine and the Politics of Race, 48 Persp. Biology & Med. S54-S67 (2005).    [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Jonathan H. Marks, Doctors and Interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, 353 New Eng. J. Med. 6-8 (2005).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Obesity and the Struggle Within Ourselves, 93 Geo. L.J. 1335-1359 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Improving Relations Between Attorneys and Physicians, 292 JAMA 2083-2085 (2005).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Managing Conflict at the End of Life, 352 New Eng. J. Med. 2371-2373 (2005).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Jonathan H. Marks, When Doctors Go to War, 352 New Eng. J. Med. 3-6 (2005).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Back to the '90s - The Supreme Court Immunizes Managed Care, 351 New Eng. J. Med. 1277-1279 (2004).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Health Care Disparities - Science, Politics, and Race, 350 New Eng. J. Med. 1568-1570 (2004).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & David M. Studdert, A Quiet Revolution: Law As an Agent of Health System Change, Health Aff., Mar./Apr. 2004, at 29-42.   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Race-Based Therapeutics, 351 New Eng. J. Med. 2035-2037 (2004).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Ana I. Balsa, Thomas G. McGuire & Naomi Seiler, Clinical Uncertainty and Healthcare Disparities, 29 Am. J.L. & Med. 203-219 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Elizabeth R. Jungman, Health Policy and the WTO, 31 J.L. Med. & Ethics 529-545 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Rogue Science, 91 Geo. L.J. 1257-1275 (2003) (reviewing Richard Pierre Claude, Science in the Service of Human Rights (2002); Science and Technology in a Vulnerable World (Albert H. Teich, Stephen D. Nelson & Stephen J. Lita eds. 2002)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Courts and Managed Care, Health Aff., Jan./Feb. 2003, at 273-274 (reviewing Peter D. Jacobson, Strangers in the Night: Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era (2002)).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Invention of Health Law, 91 Cal. L. Rev. 247-322 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Lawrence O. Gostin, The Politics of Public Health: A Response to Epstein, 46 Persp. Biology & Med. S160-S175 (Supp. 2003).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Elizabeth R. Jungman, The "R" Word, 18 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol'y 633-639 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Trust and Betrayal in the Medical Marketplace, 55 Stan. L. Rev. 919-954 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Introduction: Health and the WTO, 5 J. Int'l Econ. L. 821-823 (2002).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Elizabeth R. Jungman, Patent Immorality?, 2 Am. J. Bioethics 48-49 (2002).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, WTO Deference to National Health Policy: Toward an Interpretive Principle, 5 J. Int'l Econ. L. 825-848 (2002).    [W] [SSRN]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Caretakers and Collaborators, 10 Cambridge Q. Healthcare Ethics 275-284 (2001).    [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Market for Medical Ethics, 26 J. Health Pol. Pol'y & L. 1099-1112 (2001).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, W. Daniel Boone, Harry T. Edwards, Lynne C. Hermle, Andrée McKissick, John M. Oldham, Alex Reinert, Rolf Valtin & Barry Winograd, Mock Trial, 53 Ann. Proc. Nat'l Acad. Arb. 160-237 (2001).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Race and Discretion in American Medicine, 1 Yale J. Health Pol'y L. & Ethics 95-131 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, U.S. Health Care After Pegram: Betrayal at the Bedside?, Health Aff., Sept./Oct. 2000, at 224-227.   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Fidelity and Deceit at the Bedside, 283 JAMA 1881-1884 (2000).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Jack Hadley, Jean M. Mitchell & Daniel P. Sulmasy, Measuring the Effects of Managed Care on Physicians' Perceptions of Their Personal Financial Incentives, 37 Inquiry 134-145 (2000).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Jack Hadley, Jean M. Mitchell & Daniel P. Sulmasy, Physicians' Ethical Beliefs About Cost-Control Arrangements, 160 Archives Internal Med. 649-657 (2000).    [W]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Peter D. Jacobson, The Supreme Court and Bedside Rationing, 284 JAMA 2776-2779 (2000).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Interrogation Medicine?, in Law and Global Health 354-365 (Michael Freeman, Sarah Hawkes & Belinda Bennett eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Healthcare and the Politics of Race, in Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America: Beyond the IOM Report 67-82 (Richard Allen Williams ed., Totowa, N.J.: Humana Press 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Elizabeth Jungman, Health Policy and the World Trade Organization, in Globalization and Health 250-267 (Ichiro Kawachi & Sara P. Wamala eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Lawrence O. Gostin, Health Law and the Broken Promise of Equity, in Law and Class in America: Trends Since the Cold War 310-330 (Paul Carrington & Trina Jones eds., New York: New York University Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Is Privatization of Health Care a Human Rights Problem?, in Privatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalization 207-227 (Koen de Feyter & Filepe Gomez Isa eds., Antwerp, Neth.: Intersentia 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Introduction, in The Privatization of Health Care Reform: Legal and Regulatory Perspectives xiii-xxi (Maxwell Gregg Bloche ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, The Market For Ethics, in Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care 230-242 (Peter J. Hammer, Mark A. Peterson, William Sage & Deborah Haas Wilson eds., Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, One Step Ahead of the Law: Market Pressures and the Evolution of Managed Care, in The Privatization of Health Care Reform: Legal and Regulatory Perspectives 22-48 (Maxwell Gregg Bloche ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Should the Law Prefer Non-Profits, in The Privatization of Health Care Reform: Legal and Regulatory Perspectives 186-212 (Maxwell Gregg Bloche ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Medical Ethics in the Courts, in Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy 133-156 (Marion Danis, Carolyn M. Clancy & Larry R. Churchill eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Clinical Loyalties and the Social Purposes of Medicine, in Medical Practice and Malpractice 33-43 (Harvey Teff ed., Aldersgate/Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate/Dartmouth 2001).    [BOOK]
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Par delà le consentement, in Le Consentement et la Recherche Epidémiologique 7 (David N. Weisstub ed., Paris: L'Harmattan 2001).   
  • Maxwell Gregg Bloche & Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Professionalism and Personhood, in Personhood and Health Care 347-354 (David C. Thomasma, David N. Weisstub & Christian Hervé eds., Boston: Kluwer Academic 2001).    [BOOK]
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In the News

"N.H. Attorney General Accuses Drug Companies Of Blocking Opioid Probe," coverage by NPR, August 8, 2016, featuring Professor M. Gregg Bloche.

"N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices," coverage in New Hampshire Public Radio, August 3, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

"The Curious Cases of Legal Professors Who Know Nothing About Biology but Speak Publicly Anyway," coverage in The Huffington Post, June 17, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

 “Transgender law shouldn’t be written by psychiatrists”, coverage in The Washington Post, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

 

"How should we include transgender people under the law?," coverage in The Washington Post, June 13, 2016, featuring Professors Gregg Bloche and Marty Lederman.

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All News

"N.H. Attorney General Accuses Drug Companies Of Blocking Opioid Probe," coverage by NPR, August 8, 2016, featuring Professor M. Gregg Bloche.

"N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices," coverage in New Hampshire Public Radio, August 3, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

"The Curious Cases of Legal Professors Who Know Nothing About Biology but Speak Publicly Anyway," coverage in The Huffington Post, June 17, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

 “Transgender law shouldn’t be written by psychiatrists”, coverage in The Washington Post, June 15, 2016, featuring Professor Gregg Bloche.

 

"How should we include transgender people under the law?," coverage in The Washington Post, June 13, 2016, featuring Professors Gregg Bloche and Marty Lederman.

Scandal as a Sentinel Event — Recognizing Hidden Cost–Quality Trade-offs,” a piece by Professor M. Gregg Bloche, The New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2016.

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