Health Law Faculty

Tomar Brown

Tomar Brown is a clinical assistant professor of law and director of the Health Law Clinic. Under her leadership, the Health Law Clinic operates as a medical-legal collaborative. Clinic cases and coursework focus on the use of legal advocacy to address social determinants of health facing the families of our region’s sick and disabled youth.  Professor Brown teaches Civil Practice Clinic – Health Law.

Mary Crossley

Mary Crossley is a national expert on issues of inequality in health care. She has published numerous scholarly articles, focusing particularly on disability discrimination in health care finance and delivery. Professor Crossley teaches Current Issues in Health Law, Health Law and Policy, and Bioethics and Law.

Lawrence Frolik

Lawrence A. Frolik is a national expert on the legal issues of older Americans and one of the founders of the area now known as Elder Law. Professor Frolik has written several books and numerous scholarly articles on elder law issues, and served as a congressional delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. Professor Frolik teaches Elder Law and Employee Benefits.

David Garrow

Prior to joining Pitt Law, Prof. Garrow was a Senior Research Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade, a comprehensive history of the American reproductive rights struggle. Professor Garrow teaches US Reproductive Rights.

Martha Mannix

Martha Mannix is the supervising attorney of the Elder Law Clinic, which focuses on issues surrounding the mental incapacity of older adults, including guardianship and advance planning for incapacity, such as living wills and durable powers of attorney.

Alan Meisel

Alan Meisel is the Director of the Health Law Certificate Program.  He is a law professor and the Dickie, McCamey, and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics and founder Pitt's Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He is a leading national and international authority on end-of-life decision making and is the author of The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking. He has served on the staff of the President's Commission on Ethical Issues in Medicine, and on the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.  

Judith Teeter

Professor Teeter co-teaches the Health Law Practicum: Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Health Law Adjunct Faculty

In addition to regular faculty, leading practitioners provide a practical perspective on the teaching of health law.

C. Allen Black

Dr. C. Allen Black, Jr., Esquire, has practiced patent law at some of the largest firms in the United States. Before practicing law, he was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he developed vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer. Dr. Black teaches Biotechnology Law.

Mary Nell Cummings

Mary Nell Cummings is the Director of the law school’s Health Care Compliance Online Graduate Certificate Program. As a former assistant general counsel for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, she guided the business on a variety of issues concerning social media, public relations strategies, privacy, claim support, clinical design, regulatory compliance, data use, and retail sales. Ms. Cummings teaches Health Care Compliance.

Susan Frietsche

Susan Frietsche, Esquire is the Founder and Director of the Western Pennsylvania office of the Women’s Law Project.  Ms. Frietsche teaches Reproductive Law & Policy.

Joseph Hornack

Joseph H. Hornack, Esquire is a partner in the firm of Healey & Hornack and concentrates his law practice in the area of employee rights and benefits. Mr. Hornack teaches The Law of Disability Discrimination.

Penina Lieber

Penina Kessler Lieber, Esquire practices with the firm of Dinsmore & Shahl, LLP exclusively in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law. Ms. Lieber teaches Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations.

Jason Manne

Mr. Manne participates in the Veterans Consortium Pro-Bono Program and is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). He is accredited by the Veterans Administration and admitted before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Manne teaches the Veteran’s Practicum.

Lisa Martinelli

Lisa A. Martinelli, Esquire is the Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer for Highmark Health and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including the Allegheny Health Network. Ms. Martinelli teaches Health Care Information Privacy.

William McKendree

William McKendree, Esquire is supervisor of the APPRISE Program in Allegheny County. APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s Health Insurance Assistance Program helping consumers with Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, and health insurance concerns. Mr. McKendree teaches the Medicare and Medicaid Practicum.

Robert Ramsey

Robert B. Ramsey, III, Esquire is a shareholder with the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and practices in the firm’s Health Care Section. Mr. Ramsey teaches Health Care Fraud & Abuse.

John Rozel

John S. Rozel, MD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director of the Re:Solve Crisis Network. He co-teaches Mental Health Law.

Stephanie Schreiber

Stephanie W. Schreiber, Esquire practices law and is a shareholder in the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and practices in the area of mergers and acquisition transactions. She is regularly involved in advising health care clients on compliance and regulatory matters. Ms. Schreiber teaches Health Care Business Transactions.

Stella Smetanka

Professor Smetanka is the former director of Pitt Law’s Health Care Clinic. Under her supervision, clinic students succeeded in changing Medicare policy to cover solitary pancreas transplants for certain individuals with severe brittle diabetes. She teaches the Social Security Disability Practicum.

Chatón Turner

Chaton Turner is Assistant Counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she provides strategic and legal support to UPMC Physician Services Division, Center for Fertility, and UPMC hospitals and affiliates (including fraud and abuse analysis, employment law, patient services, e-record and medical staff issues). Ms. Turner co-teaches Health Law Practicum: Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Elizabeth Van Nostrand

Elizabeth Van Nostrand is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public Health and adjunct professor of law. Professor Van Nostrand teaches Public Health Law.

John Zottola

John A. Zottola is a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. He co-teaches Mental Health Law.