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I. GlennCohen
2012–2013
Harvard Law School
Law
Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

I. Glenn Cohen is an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, where he is also a codirector of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. He is one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics and the law and also health law. His current projects relate to the constitutionality of health-care reform, reproduction/reproductive technology, stem cells, markets in human tissue, and medical tourism—the travel of patients who are residents of one country (the “home country”) to another (the “destination country”) for medical treatment.

As a Radcliffe fellow, Cohen will write Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (under contract with Oxford University Press). This book will be the first comprehensive analysis of the legal and ethical issues raised by multiple varieties of medical tourism: for services that are legal in the home and destination countries (e.g., hip replacement, cardiac bypass), for services that are illegal in the home country but legal in the destination country (e.g., abortion, assisted suicide, reproductive technologies, stem cell treatment), and for services that are illegal in both places (e.g., organ sale).

Cohen’s work has been covered by ABC, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Politico, and other media. His award-winning academic work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Developing World Bioethics, the Hastings Center Report, the New England Journal of Medicine, and several law reviews. Cohen earned his JD at Harvard Law School. 

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.
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