Barry R. Furrow
Director of the Health Law Program
Professor of Law
Barry Furrow is a pioneer in the field of health law. He is the lead author of “Health Law — Cases, Materials and Problems” (now in its 6th edition), which remains the leading casebook in the field. He is also co-author of the treatise, “Health Law,” which the U.S. Supreme Court has cited three times.
Professor Furrow came to the law school from Widener University School of Law, where he founded the Health Law Institute and earned the Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Teaching Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He also served as interim dean and dean of the faculty at Widener University School of Law. Previously, Professor Furrow directed the Health Law Center at the University of Detroit School of Law, where he also served as a full-time faculty member. He has also held full-time faculty posts at American University’s Washington College of Law and at George Mason University School of Law. His experience also includes teaching stints in the University of Michigan Law School and School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. Professor Furrow currently is an associate of the Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania.
Barry Furrow’s expertise spans a wide array of health-related topics, including health care policy, regulation and finance, patient safety, patient privacy, mental health, provider accountability, medical ethics and bioethics, and legal issues of pain management. He has written more than three dozen law review articles on state and federal regulation of medical errors and patient safety, pain management, sports medicine, tort reform, medical privacy, and regulation of scientific research. His recent article "Regulating Patient Safety: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" appears in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Previous articles have appeared in publications including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Drexel Law Review.
Professor Furrow earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School before clerking with the Superior Court of Massachusetts and handling civil litigation and health-law cases with the Boston firm, Palmer & Dodge.
Professor Furrow is an editorial board member and former editor-in-chief of Law, Medicine & Health Care.