Scholarship at the intersection of healthcare and the law

SMU Dedman School of Law Associate Dean of Research Nathan Cortez says the FDA is woefully understaffed to review thousands of new health apps.

Professor Cortez teaches and writes in the areas of health law, administrative law, and FDA law with a focus on emerging markets in health care and biotechnology. He is one of the world’s leading legal scholars on medical tourism, patient mobility, and cross-border health insurance.
His research also addresses mobile health technologies, how to regulate innovations that disrupt static regulatory regimes, the First Amendment restraints on FDA regulation (including FDA’s graphic tobacco warnings), immigration federalism, and alternative modes of regulation.


New England Journal of Medicine

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Researching technology’s impact on law

Meghan Ryan, Associate Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law

Professor Ryan brings together science, technology and criminal law and procedure. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies.

She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and has conducted scientific research at the Mayo Clinic. Ryan’s course on Law and Science helps students to understand the two disciplines in both civil and criminal contexts. The course examines the roles of law and science in areas such as the science of causation, scientific error rates, and breakthroughs in neuroscience.

Recently, Professor Ryan provided commentary on public radio regarding the April 29, 2014, botched lethal injection execution of a death row inmate in McAlester, Oklahoma.


Ryan’s article on Quick Teaching Tips

Meghan Ryan, Dedman Law, drug challenges failing to halt executions