Richard S. Saver

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  • J.D. (distinction), Stanford University
  • B.A., History and Science (Biology) (summa cum laude), Harvard University

Professor Saver is also professor (secondary appointment) in the Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine; and adjunct professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health. He previously served as Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. The Order of the Barons honored him as Professor of the Year in 2003-04. Following law school, Professor Saver clerked for Judge Eugene Wright on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. After his clerkship, Professor Saver practiced in the health law department of McDermott, Will, & Emery in Washington, D.C. He then served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, working on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and patient-care issues. He also served as counsel to the University of Chicago's human subjects research review committee (the University's Institutional Review Board). Professor Saver also lectured on health law topics at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Professor Saver joined the UNC faculty after serving as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at UNC in the spring of 2009. His research interests include health law, nonprofit organizations, and torts. He has published articles in law reviews, medical journals, and other interdisciplinary publications. His co-authored book, HEALTH LAW AND BIOETHICS: CASES IN CONTEXT, a behind-the-scenes look at the leading cases in the annals of health law, was published by Aspen Publishers. Professor Saver received the UNC School of Law's Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2012) for his law review article on health care reform and comparative effectiveness research. In addition, Professor Saver received the UNC School of Law's Robert G. Byrd Award (2015-2016) for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching.

Professor Saver received his B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University in History and Science (Biology) and his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School. He was a member of the Stanford Law Review.

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Selected Publications

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  • Transparency and Financial Conflicts: The Uncertain Case for Sunshine, in TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES: LAW AND ETHICS (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2019). [KF3821 .T73 201]
  • Deciphering the Sunshine Act: Transparency Regulation and Financial Conflicts in Health Care, 43 AM. J.L. & MED. 303 (2018). [Lexis/Nexis, Document Link]
  • Health Law's Uneasy Relationship with Delivery System Innovation, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. HEALTH LAW (Oxford Univ. Press) (online 2015, print 2017). [KF3821 .O98 2017]
  • Is It Really All About the Money? Reconsidering Non-Financial Interests in Medical Research, 40 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 467 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Health Care Reform's Wild Card: The Uncertain Effectiveness of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 159 U. PA. L. REV. 2147 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The New Era of Comparative Effectiveness: Will Public Health End Up Left Behind?, 39 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 437 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • HEALTH LAW AND BIOETHICS: CASES IN CONTEXT (R. Saver, J. Krause, S. Johnson & R. Fretwell Wilson eds.) (Aspen Pub., 2009). [KF3821 .H4345 2009]
  • In Tepid Defense of Population Health: Physicians and Antibiotic Resistance, 34 AM. J.L. & MED. 431 (2008). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Medical Research Oversight From the Corporate Governance Perspective: Comparing Institutional Review Boards and Corporate Boards, 46 WM. & MARY L. REV. 619 (2004). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Squandering the Gain: Gainsharing and the Continuing Dilemma of Physician Financial Incentives, 98 NW. U. L. REV. 145 (2003). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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