Janet L. Dolgin

Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law; Professor of Science Education, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; Co-director, Hofstra Bioethics Center; Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy

B.A., Barnard College
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
J.D., Yale University

Phone: 516-463-5873
Fax: 516-463-9554
Email: Janet.L.Dolgin@hofstra.edu

Bioethics and the Law Book Website

Fellowship for Health Law and Policy

Recent Health Law Conferences Directed

  • Biomedical Research and the Law: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Relationship with Government, Academic, Physicians and Consumers (2006)
    (co-directed with Dr. Joel Weintraub)
    (proceedings published in Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2).
  • Biomedical Research and the Law: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Cloning: Science, Politics and Values (2008)
    (co-directed with Dr. Joel Weintraub)
    (proceedings published in Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 37, No.2).
  • New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations from Home and Abroad (2010)
    (co-directed with Prof. Rachel Kreier and Prof. Corinne Kyriacou)
    (proceedings published in Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 39, symposium issue).
  • Internet Cloud-Based Apps and Social Media (“ICASM”) in Health Care, Medicine, and Life Sciences (2012)
    (co-directed with Dr. Samuel Packer and Prof. Alan Jakimo).
  • Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act (2013)
  • A Spoonful of Sugar, Ethics, and Practice: Will it Help the Medicine Go Down? (2014)
  • Puff the Magic Medicine: the Medical Marijuana Movement (2015)


Professor Dolgin has a B.A. in philosophy from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Her scholarly work combines insights from anthropology and legal scholarship.

Professor Dolgin is the director of the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and co-director of the Hofstra Bioethics Center. Before coming to Hofstra she taught anthropology at Columbia University and served as an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan. In 1988-89 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has also held appointments as a visiting professor of law at Cornell Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Cardozo School of Law.

Professor Dolgin and her colleagues at the Gitenstein Institute and the Hofstra Bioethics Center have implemented many public policy and legal service projects. These include projects aimed at (1) educating community members about advance care planning (a project implemented and operated with partners at the Northwell Health System); (2) providing legal and social services to local veterans, many of whom do not receive the benefits to which they are entitled as veterans; (3) responding to the social determinants of health and health-harming legal needs through a Medical-Legal Partnership between the law school and the Northwell Health System; and (4) offering interdisciplinary training to law and medical students as well as practicing professionals in clinical bioethics.

Professor Dolgin's books include Jewish Identity and the JDL (Princeton University Press), Symbolic Anthropology (co-edited, Columbia University Press), Defining the Family (NYU Press), and Bioethics and the Law (co-authored with Lois Shepherd, Aspen Publishers).

Defining the Family examines the complicated, often contradictory, responses of the law to the radical changes that have altered the scope and meaning of the American family since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Bioethics and the Law, co-authored with Professor Lois Shepherd, is a casebook intended for use by practitioners and in law school teaching. In addition to topics generally covered in accounts of bioethics, the book includes analyses of public health (including bioterrorism), access to health care, and conflicts of interest faced by health care providers. Professors Dolgin and Shepherd are now preparing the book’s fourth edition (scheduled for publication by Aspen Publishers in 2019).

Professor Dolgin has written many articles, published in a variety of law reviews, other scholarly journals, and edited volumes. Much of this work has analyzed legal responses to shifts in the family (including those occasioned by developments in reproductive technology and by the "new genetics") and to shifts in the structure of health care in the United States and elsewhere. Her most recent work focuses on disparities in health and in health care.

Professor Dolgin lectures widely in the United States and abroad about health care law, bioethics, and family law.

She also teaches “Bioethics and the Law" and “Public Health Law and Ethics” in Hofstra Law’s online master’s health law programs.

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