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April 30, 2008

Faculty Focus: Professor William M. Sage

(This article marks the fifth in a series highlighting members of the UT Law faculty.)

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Bill Sage, both a medical doctor and a lawyer, and a leading expert in health law and policy, joined the UT Law faculty at the beginning of the fall semester in 2006. Sage holds the James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence and teaches courses in health law and in regulation and public policy. Sage is also the vice provost for health affairs at UT-Austin.

Sage came to Texas from Columbia University where he taught health law, antitrust, regulatory theory and professional ethics. At the time of his appointment, Dean Larry Sager said “we live in a time and place where the myriad questions concerning the delivery of medical services are of preeminent interest and concern. 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.”

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. In 1993, he headed four working groups for the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform. 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 his 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. Sage also practiced corporate and securities law for five years with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.

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