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 affordable.