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: March 27, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Matt Richtel (Reporter, New York Times), Horst Schulze (Founder, Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group), Joe Holt (Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame), Stephanie Creary (Assistant Professor of Management Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Hank Boyd Esq. (Clinical Professor of Marketing, University of Maryland (Robert H. Smith School of Business)), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), 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 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: February 27, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Nina Krushcheva (Professor of International Affairs, New School University), Ashley Swanson (Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, The Wharton School), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American 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), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Jacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies), and William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School) on the Wednesday, February 27, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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: January 4, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Chelsea Reinhard (Assistant Professor, Clinical Shelter Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine), Chris Coons (US Senator, Delaware, N/A), Brittany Watson (Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine), Bernard David (Chairman, CO2 Sciences), 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), Jacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies), Minyuan Zhao (Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Eric Clemons (Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School) on the Friday, January 4, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: December 18, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Ariane Umuringa (Founder, Starlight), Tom Gordon (Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank), Mark Redlus (CEO, Tridiuum), Djordjija Petkoski (Lecturer; Senior Fellow, Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, The Wharton School), Michelle Jaffee (Host of the podcast “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls”), 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 Mark Pauly (Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management , Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania) on the Tuesday, December 18, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: November 29, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Daniel Rader (Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine and chair of the department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), Kelly Ormond (Professor, Dept of Genetics and Co-Director, MS Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, Stanford University School of Medicine), Skip Rosoff (Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics; Host of Business Radio’s Business of Health Care, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Katherine Hempstead (Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Todd Rose (Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education), Peter Conti-Brown (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania), Lisa Cook Ph.D. (Associate Professor Economics and International Relations, Michigan State Univerisity), 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, November 29, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

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, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, September 6, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 6, 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

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

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