Carol Heimer, Northwestern University; American Bar Foundation; LAPA Fellow

Expertise and Flexibility in Medicine and Law (What Happens when HIV Guidelines are Hardened by Law)

Date: 
Mon, 04/14/2008
Location: 
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall

At this week's LAPA Seminar, Carol Heimer will present her recent work, "Expertise and Flexibility in Medicine and Law (What Happens when HIV Guidelines are Hardened by Law)." Carol Heimer is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is also currently a LAPA Fellow. Charles L Bosk, Professor of sociology and medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, will comment.

Carol Heimer is a Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is also currently a LAPA Fellow. She is a leading scholar in the analysis of medical practice, management of risk, trust, and the social impact of law. She’s the author of: Reactive Risk and Rational Action: Managing Moral Hazard in Insurance Contracts ; Organization Theory and Project Management; and For the Sake of the Children: The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home. For more on Professor Heimer, see her LAPA profile.

Charles L. Bosk is professor of sociology and medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research, "Restarting a Stalled Policy Revolution: Patient Safety, System Error, and Professional Responsibility" is supported by a Health Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a fellow of The Hastings Center and has served as chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He is the author of Forgive and Remember (University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition 2003) and All God’s Mistakes: Genetic Counseling in a Pediatric Hospital (University Of Chicago Press, 1992). His latest book, What Would You Do? The Collision of Ethics and Ethnography, is a series of case studies that explore how moral authority is constructed and legitimated in American society, and how that authority influences the choice of which issues are put on the public agenda, and which solutions receive consideration as "reasonable." He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was on law review. For more on Professor Bosk, please see his University of Pennsylvania profile.