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Co-Director, Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
David Orentlicher, MD, JD, is a professor and co-director of the Hall
Center for Law and Health at Indiana University School of
Law-Indianapolis. He also serves on the faculty of the Indiana
University School of Medicine.
A graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School, he
previously served as director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the
American Medical Association. While there, Dr. Orentlicher led the
drafting of the AMA’s first patients’ bill of rights. He also was on
the adjunct faculty of the University of Chicago Law School and
Northwestern University Medical School. He has published Matters of
Life and Death with Princeton University Press, and is co-author of
the law school textbook Health Care Law and Ethics, now in its 7th
edition. Dr. Orentlicher has written widely in leading legal and
medical journals on critical issues in law and medicine, including
health care reform, new reproductive technologies, and organ
transplantation, as well as on questions in constitutional law. Dr.
Orentlicher served in the Indiana House of Representatives between
2002 and 2008. He was named “Best Politician” in 2007 by Indianapolis’
alternative newspaper for his work on property tax reform,
reproductive rights, and equality for all persons. During his three
terms, he also authored legislation to promote job creation, protect
children from abuse and neglect, and make health care coverage more