Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD is a nationally known expert in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy. He holds a joint appointment as professor of law at the School of Law and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University. He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School and an Adjunct Senior Fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
Dr. Field is the author of Mother of Invention: How the Government Created Free-Market Health Care, published by Oxford University Press. It presents an historical overview of four key health care sectors to demonstrate the underlying importance of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and to place 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.
Dr. Field's recent scholarly work has focused on health reform and is 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, the 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 Health Cents, which features 14 prominent Philadelphia health care leaders as regular contributors.
Before joining the faculty of Drexel University, Dr. 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.
He earned a PhD in psychology from Boston University, an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, a JD from the Columbia Law School, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College.