Mark Rothstein to Receive the Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award


Patient Privacy Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the privacy of health records, holds an annual Health Privacy Summit each year in June. Last year they started awarding the Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award to individuals who have made an impact in the field of health privacy. This year, the University of Louisville’s own Mark Rothstein will be one of the recipients of the award.

Rothstein holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and he also teaches at the Brandeis School of Law of the University of Louisville. He has written or edited 19 books and almost 200 articles and book chapters on bioethics, law, medicine, and public health. He has also acted in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues relating to health information policy. Besides the work he has done, it is fitting for the award to go to someone from the law school that is named after the Justice. As Rothstein was quoted in a University of Louisville press release: “Brandeis  was born in Louisville, and his influence still permeates the city where I live and the university where I work. I am deeply honored to receive an award named after the person whose name is synonymous with privacy.”  He is alo married to Laura Rothstein who has done more to bolster Brandeis in his home town of Louisville than anyone else.

Rothstein will be given the award during the third annual Summit which will be held at the Georgetown University Law Center on June 5th and June 6th. The theme for this year’s Summit will be “The Value of Health Data vs. Privacy — How Can the Conflict Be Resolved?” There will be many other speakers there besides Rothstein–including Brandeis biographer Mel Urofsky. I noticed that they posted videos of the speeches of last year’s recipients. I’ll update this post if they do the same this year.


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