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September 1, 2006

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330

Health Policy Expert William Sage Joins UT Law Faculty

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Professor William M. Sage

AUSTIN, Texas—William M. Sage, a leading expert in health law and policy, joined The University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 1 as the James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in Law.

Professor Sage, M.D., J.D., comes to Texas from Columbia University where he has taught health law, antitrust, regulatory theory, and professional ethics since 1995.

“We live in a time and place where the myriad questions concerning the delivery of medical services are of preeminent interest and concern,” said Dean Lawrence Sager of the UT School of Law. “There is no one in legal education who is better versed or more influential in these matters than Bill Sage. That he is joining us at the University of Texas is a cause for celebration,” Sager said.

“I am delighted to become a member of the UT faculty,” Sage said. “What happens to health care in Texas over the next decade will be critically important for the people of the state and for the nation as a whole. I believe that the University of Texas at Austin has a lot to contribute to the law and public policy of health care, to medical innovation, and to the training of health professionals,” Sage continued. “In addition to collaborating with UT’s dynamic group of law teachers and legal scholars, I look forward to working with faculty and students across the campus and throughout the University of Texas System,” he said.

Sage has edited two books, including Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and has written approximately 75 articles in legal, health policy, and medical publications. From 2002 through 2005, he was the principal investigator for the Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

In 2002, Sage served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Rapid Advances in Health Care. In 1998, he received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center on bioethics, and is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs.

Sage received his A.B. from Harvard College and his medical and law degrees from Stanford University. He completed internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, and served as a resident in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In addition, Sage practiced corporate and securities law in Los Angeles and, in 1993, headed four working groups for the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.

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