Sharona Hoffman , J.D., LL.M.

Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law
Professor of Bioethics

Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center

Research Ethics
Disability Rights
Race in Law and Medicine
Health Care Coverage
Emergency Preparedness
Health Information Technology
Office Phone: 216-368-3860

Full CV


Sharona Hoffman is a Professor of Law with a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioethics. She is also Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center. Professor Hoffman received her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. In addition, she earned an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston.

Ms. Hoffman joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve in 1999. Earlier in her career, she clerked for a federal district court judge, worked as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers, a large Los Angeles law firm, and served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Houston office.

Professor Hoffman teaches Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, Religion, Ethics, and the Law seminar, Health Care and Human Rights seminar, and Health Matrix Notes Seminar. In 2007 Professor Hoffman spent four months as a guest researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working on liability and immunity issues related to public health emergencies.  Professor Hoffman has also been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response during 2008-2012. She has published over fifty articles and book chapters, most of which focus on health law and civil rights law. Her research interests include disability discrimination, biomedical research, health care coverage, race and medicine, health information technology, and emergency preparedness.

Recent Publications

“The Drugs Stop Here: A Public Health Framework to Address the Drug Shortage Crisis,” 67 Food & Drug Law Journal 1 (2012).

“Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Needs in Electronic Health Records Research,” 65 SMU Law Review 85 (2012) (with Andy Podgurski) “Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology: What about Safety?” 39 Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 77 (2011) (with Andy Podgurski)

“The Importance of Immutability in Employment Discrimination Law,” 52 William & Mary Law Review 1483 (2011)

”Employing E-Health: The Impact of Electronic Health Records on the Workplace,” 19 Kansas J. Law & Public Policy 409 (2010) (invited symposium piece)

“E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems,” 24 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1523 (2009) (with Andy Podgurski); reprinted in 1 Electronic Healthcare Law Review, issues 1 & 2 (October and December 2011)

“Preparing for Disaster: Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Emergencies,” 42 UC Davis Law Review 1491 (2009)

“Finding a Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems,” 22 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 103 (2008) (with Andy Podgurski).

Recent Activities

Member, Board of Scientific Counselors for Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (2008-2012)

"Ethics of Community: Cooperation, Compromise, and Regulation," Consensus Conference on the Ethics of the Drug Shortage, Emory University Center for Ethics, June 15, 2012

"Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Needs in Electronic Health Records Research," Health Law Professors Conference, Tempe, Arizona, June 8, 2012

“Legal and Ethical Issues of Computer Decision Support and Order-Sets,” American Medical Informatics Association 35th Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Washington, DC, October 25, 2011

“Critique of Meaningful Use & Certification Regulations,” American Health Information Management Association Legal EHR Summit, Chicago, IL, August 16, 2011

Professor, Summer Institute for Global Justice, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, taught “Health Care and Human Rights,” July 2011

"E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems," Medicine 2.0 Legal and Ethical Dilemmas of Online Medicine International Conference, University of Haifa Law School, Israel, April 7, 2011

Contact Information

Office Phone: 216-368-3860

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