Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE


John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE, joined the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine in September 2017. Holly received her BA in health and societies, her JD, and her Master of Bioethics all from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, Holly participated in LDI's Summer Underrepresented Minority Research (SUMR) program in 2002. Holly’s scholarship focuses on law, bioethics, and health policy, in particular the regulation and ethical conduct of research with human subjects and conflicts of conscience in health care. She published Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise in 2008 (MIT Press), and has co-edited several volumes on topics including human subjects research; biospecimens research; FDA policy; “nudging” health; law, religion, and health; big data and health care; and transparency in health care. She has been involved with sponsored research projects addressing the health of professional football players, recruitment of participants to clinical trials, and oversight of patient-centered outcomes research.

Holly was appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014; she is also an active member of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Harmonization. Holly served as Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School from 2012-2017, and was Teaching Faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. Before that, Holly practiced FDA law at Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), served as a bioethicist with the Human Subjects Protection Branch at the NIH’s Division of AIDS, and was Senior Policy and Research Analyst for President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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