Dr. Jay Wolfson, professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University of South Florida and former court-appointed guardian ad litem to Terri Schiavo, will present the 2006 Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 19 at Albany Law School and address the issues of using science, medicine and good law to decide "right to die" cases.
Wolfson is distinguished professor of Public Health and Medicine, associate vice president for Health Law, Policy and Safety, director of the Suncoast Center for Patient Safety at University of South Florida; professor of Medicine at Florida State University; and a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. He is alsoassociate director of the National Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Veterans Health Administration, VISN 8, and served as a trustee, vice chair of the board, and chair of finance of Tampa General Hospital for 12 years.
He conducts research and writes about health care law, policy and finance, relationships between physicians and other health care provider/institutional interests, the role of employers in health cost management and health status promotion, andis actively involved in the local, statewide and national processes of policy analysis, legislative advisement, and regulatory development/management. He was appointeda member of the Medicare Competitive Pricing Review Committee through 2004.
In 2003, Wolfson was appointed as the Special Guardian Ad Litem for Theresa Marie Schiavo, reporting to Governor Bush and the Florida Courts. He has served since 2001 as the special counsel to the Florida Office of the Attorney General on Medicaid fraud in matters relating to dialysis services. He is a member of the senior management team that is creating and implementing the Tampa Bay Regional Health Information Organization, an electronic health information exchange and consumer education project.
Wolfson earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas, a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, a master's degree in public health from Indiana University, a master's degree in history of thought from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois. He has been named a Faculty Scholar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo Medical School, and a W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Care Finance. He directs a nationally recognized, federally funded program that provides care and services for women, children and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and one of 18 nationally designated, federally funded centers for patient safety research. He has a private defense-based, health law practice.
The Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 by his brother Henry Sobota '77, the Sobota Family and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. This memorial allows Albany Law School to continue a distinguished lecture series which brings scholars, judges and other prominent practitioners to the Law School to address students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.