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

Knowledge@Wharton: February 21, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Sebastiaan Faber (Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College), Abraham Ravid (Sy Syms Professor of Finance, Yeshiva University, Sy Syms School of Business), Ilya Somin (Professor of Law, George Mason University), Josh Eliashberg (Professor of Marketing and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School of the 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), Mauro Guillen (Professor of International Management; Director, The University of Pennsylvania; Wharton’s The Lauder Institute), Mark Pauly (Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management , Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), and Claire Finkelstein (Director, Penn’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law) on the Thursday, February 21, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: February 7, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Tarun Khanna (Professor, Director of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard Business School), Jesse Newman (Reporter, Wall Street Journal), E. Patchen Dellinger (Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Washington), Carlos Pellegrini (Chief Medical Officer, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington), Keith Humphreys (Professor; Section Director for Mental Health Policy, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University), Thomas Gallagher (Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Washington), 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 Thursday, February 7, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: September 6, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Dolly Chugh (Associate Professor, New York University Stern School of Business), Timothy Jost (Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Emeritus; Co-Author of “Health Law” Casebook, Washington and Lee School of Law), Evan Anderson (Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow, UPenn School of Nursing, Center for Public Health Initiatives), Anita Gupta (Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Drexel College of Medicine), 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), Diana Drake (Managing Editor, Knowledge@Wharton High School), and Katherine Milkman (Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, thee Wharton School) on the Thursday, September 6, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: August 20, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by William Cohan (Special Correspondent, Author of “Why Wall Street Matters”, Vanity Fair), Jyoti Thottam LL (Business & Economics Editor, Opinion), Donald Langevoort (Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown University), Brad Bishop (Professor; Municipal Judge, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University; City of Hoover, Alabama), Nikki Porcher (Founder, Buy From a Black Woman), Ryan Sullivan (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law), Noah Sachs (Professor of Law; Director, Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies, University of Richmond), David Zaring (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), 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 Monday, August 20, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: August 2, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Joshua Mitts (Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School), Gina Tonn (Postdoctoral Researcher, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center), Atul Gupta (Assistant Professor, Health Care Management, the Wharton School), Urska Velikonja (Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center), Jeffrey Czajkowski (Managing Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center), David Zaring (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), 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), Howard Kunreuther (James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Co-Author of “Mastering Catastrophic Risk”, The Wharton School), and Paul Eisenstein (Publisher and Editor) on the Thursday, August 2, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

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 Tamzin Booth (Business Editor, The Economist), 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), 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

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