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David Studdert, LLB, ScD, MPH

  • Professor, Health Policy
  • Professor, Law
  • Senior Associate Vice Provost, Office of the Vice Provost & Dean for Research

Encina Commons Room 225,
615 Crothers Way,
Stanford, CA 94305-6006

(650) 723-0970 (voice)
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Biography

David M. Studdert is a leading expert in the fields of health law and empirical legal research. His scholarship explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations. A prolific scholar, he has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters, and his work appears frequently in leading international medical, law, and health policy publications.

Professor Studdert joined Stanford Law School faculty on November 1, 2013, in a joint appointment as Professor of Health Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Professor of Law.

Before joining the Stanford faculty, Professor Studdert was on the faculty at the University of Melbourne (2007-13) and the Harvard School of Public Health (2000-06). He has also worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a policy advisor to the Minister for Health in Australia, and a practicing attorney.

Professor Studdert has received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the leading organization for health services and health policy research in the United States. He was awarded a Federation Fellowship (2006) and a Laureate Fellowship (2011) by the Australian Research Council. He holds a law degree from University of Melbourne and a doctoral degree in health policy and public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

publications

Commentary
June 2022

Owning Guns Puts People in Your Home at Greater Risk of Being Killed, New Study Shows

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Owning Guns Puts People in Your Home at Greater Risk of Being Killed, New Study Shows
Commentary
July 2021

Legal Look at Proof of Vaccination & Ongoing Fight Against COVID-19

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Legal Look at Proof of Vaccination & Ongoing Fight Against COVID-19
Journal Articles
July 2021

COVID-19 in the California State Prison System: an Observational Study of Decarceration, Ongoing Risks, and Risk Factors

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COVID-19 in the California State Prison System: an Observational Study of Decarceration, Ongoing Risks, and Risk Factors

In The News

Surgeons
Commentary

Medical Malpractice Law — Doctrine and Dynamics

David Studdert, a professor of health policy and professor of law, writes in this New England Journal of Medicine commentary that while clinicians face the specter of medical malpractice lawsuits, the number of paid claims against physicians has actually decreased by 75% in the past 20 years and looks at the the medical malpractice system and its impact on medical decision making.
Medical Malpractice Law — Doctrine and Dynamics
Getty-CA Handguns
News

Californians Living with Handgun Owners Twice as Likely to Die by Homicide

In the largest cohort study of its kind, research led by SHP's David Studdert and Yifan Zhang shows that people living with handgun owners are significantly more likely to die by homicide compared with neighbors in gun-free homes.
Californians Living with Handgun Owners Twice as Likely to Die by Homicide
Hospital emergency
News

Veterans Rushed to VA Hospitals Have Significantly Better Outcomes

New research led by Stanford Health Policy's David Chan and David Studdert finds that veterans rushed by ambulance to VA hospitals have significantly higher survival rates than veterans transported to non-VA hospitals. The public often perceives that the VA provides a lower quality of care, but the researchers say the data disprove those perceptions.
Veterans Rushed to VA Hospitals Have Significantly Better Outcomes
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