University of Pittsburgh

Program Faculty

Alan Meisel is a law professor and the Dickie, McCamey, and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics and founder and director of Pitt's Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He is a leading national and international authority on end-of-life decision making and is the author of The Right to Die (Aspen Law and Business). He has served on the staff of the President's Commission on Ethical Issues in Medicine, and on the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.

Mary Crossley is a national expert on issues of inequality in health care.   She has published numerous scholarly articles, focusing particularly on disability discrimination in health care finance and delivery.

Lawrence A. Frolik is a national expert on the legal issues of older Americans and one of the founders of the area now known as Elder Law. Professor Frolik has written several books and numerous scholarly articles on elder law issues, and served as a congressional delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995.

Nathan Hershey is one of the founding fathers of American health law. He is a nationally acclaimed authority on health law, with a law practice focusing on issues related to the organization of health institutions and delivery of health services. Professor Hershey is also the Editor of the Hospital Law Newsletter, published monthly by Aspen Publications.

Martha Mannix , supervising attorney of the Elder Law Clinic, focuses on issues surrounding the mental incapacity of older adults, including guardianship and advance planning for incapacity, such as living wills and durable powers of attorney.

Stella Smetanka is the supervising attorney of students in the Health Law Clinic where she teaches, advises, and works with students in their advocacy for low-income clients who are seeking health-related benefits, at all stages of the process.


In addition to regular Law School faculty, leading practitioners provide a practical perspective on the teaching of health law.

Thomas E. Boyle, Esquire, co-chair of the Health Law Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, offers a course in Health Care Fraud and Abuse.

Joseph S. Hornack, of the firm of Healey & Hornack

Penina Kessler Lieber, Esquire practices with the firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel, LLP exclusively in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law. Ms. Lieber teaches Non-Profit Tax Exempt Organizations.

Wendelynne J. Newton, Esquire, a shareholder at the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney concentrates her practice in the area of antitrust law. She teaches a course in Health Care Antitrust.

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