Robert Field

Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University's Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health
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Robert Field is a nationally recognized expert in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy. He holds a joint appointment as professor of health management and policy at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Professor Field is the author of “Mother of Invention: How the Government Created ‘Free-Market’ Health Care,” published in 2013 by Oxford University Press, which presents a historical overview of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and places health reform in the context of an ongoing evolutionary process. He is also the author of “Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise,” a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, also published by Oxford University Press.

His recent scholarly work has focused on health reform and its effects on the structure of the health care system, ethical issues in vaccines and policy implications of genetic databases. His work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Villanova Law Review, the Drexel Law Review, Health Affairs, Vaccine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He writes a blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer on health policy, entitled “The Field Clinic,” which features 14 prominent Philadelphia health care leaders as regular contributors.

Before joining the Drexel faculty, Professor Field founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was also professor of health policy. Previously, he led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He has also conducted health policy research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Law and Health Sciences at Boston University, practiced health law with the Philadelphia firm of Ballard Spahr, LLP, and directed public policy research for Cigna Corporation.

Professor Field earned his JD at the Columbia University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Twitter – @RobertIField

Past Appearances

The Business of Health Care: July 24, 2018

Host Mitch Goldman is joined by Katie Keith (Adjunct Faculty; Author of the “Following the ACA” blog for the Health Affairs blog, Georgetown University Law Center), Sara Collins (Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund), and Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health) on the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 edition of The Business of Health Care.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: June 11, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Carlos Torelli (Professor of Business Administration, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Bill Kilday (VP of Marketing, Niantic, Inc.), Thea Gallagher (Clinic Director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, Penn Medicine), Shannon Monnat (Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Associate Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University), Maria Oquendo PhD (Ruth Meltzer Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Immediate Past President, American Psychiatric Association; Immediate Past President, International Academy of Suicide Research, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), John Kirton (Director; Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto, G7 Research Group), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Olivier Chatain (Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy Department; Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation at the Wharton School, HEC Paris), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), and Mauro Guillen (Professor of International Management; Director, The University of Pennsylvania; Wharton’s The Lauder Institute) on the Monday, June 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, June 11, 2018

The Business of Health Care: June 5, 2018

Host Arnold Rosoff JD is joined by Erynn Gordon (VP of Clinical Operations, Genome Medical), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), and Arthur Leonard Caplan PhD (Director of the Division of Medical Ethics; former University of Pennsylvania Bioethicist, NYU Langone Medical Center) on the Tuesday, June 5, 2018 edition of The Business of Health Care.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: May 31, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Andy Bindman (Professor of Medicine, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco), Patrick Foulis (New York Bureau Chief, The Economist), Stephanie Creary (Assistant Professor of Management Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Holly Fernandez Lynch (John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics; Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), Nancy Leong (Professor, University of Denver School of Law), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), and Arthur Leonard Caplan PhD (Director of the Division of Medical Ethics; former University of Pennsylvania Bioethicist, NYU Langone Medical Center) on the Thursday, May 31, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: May 14, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by David Asch (Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation, The Wharton School), Tamzin Booth (Business Editor, The Economist), Richard Booth (Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law, Charles Widger School of Law, Villanova University), Shreya Kangovi (Assistant Professor of Medicene, University of Pennsylvania), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Mark Pauly (Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management , Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), and William Black (Associate Professor of Economics and Law, The University of Missouri– Kansas City) on the Monday, May 14, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: May 1, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Kayte Spector-Bagdady (Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School), Shayndi Raice (Reporter, The Wall Street Journal), Murray Nossel (Founder and Director; Faculty in Narrative Medicine, Narrativ; Columbia University), Cary Coglianese (Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania), and Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health) on the Tuesday, May 1, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: March 23, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Timothy Jost (Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Emeritus; Co-Author of “Health Law” Casebook, Washington and Lee School of Law), Matt Gold (Adjunct Professor of Law; former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for North America, Fordham University School of Law), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Mark Cohen (Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business), Jacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies), Scott Harrington (Professor, Health Care Management Department, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), Marshall Meyer (Emeritus Professor of Management, The Wharton School), Pinar Yildirim (Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School), Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School), and Barbara Kahn (Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Friday, March 23, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: February 21, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Rick Geddes (Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management; Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, Cornell University), Craig Hodgetts (Founder/Principal, Hodgetts and Fung Architecture & Design), Tracy Reilly (NCR Distinguished Professor of Law & Technology, University of Dayton School of Law), Marc Ostrow (Attorney, Law Offices of Marc D. Ostrow), George Howard (Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music), Mark Conrad (Associate Professor, Law and Ethics and Director, Sports Business Program; Author of “The Business of Sports — Off the Field, In the Office, On the News”, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Megan Ryerson Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania), Andrew Brandt (Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law; ESPN NFL Business Analyst; Podcast host of “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt”, Villanova University), and Scott Harrington (Professor, Health Care Management Department, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) on the Wednesday, February 21, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: February 2, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Guian McKee (Associate Professor of Presidential Studies, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia), Morten Hansen (Professor; Author of “Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More”, University of California, Berkeley), Douglas Hartmann (Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota), Mitchell Orenstein (Professor and Chair of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania), Victor Matheson (Sports Economist; Professor of Economics, Holy Cross), David Fiorenza (Professor of Economics, Villanova University), Philip Nichols (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), and Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health) on the Friday, February 2, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: January 24, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Guillermo Reyes (Professor of Film, Dance, and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University), Carrie Rickey (Film critic; former longer time critic, Philadelphia Inquirer), Jonathan Quick (Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School; Boston Universty School of Public Health), Matt Gold (Adjunct Professor of Law; former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for North America, Fordham University School of Law), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Mauro Guillen (Professor of International Management; Director, The University of Pennsylvania; Wharton’s The Lauder Institute), Americus Reed, and Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland) on the Wednesday, January 24, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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