Wendy E. ParmetMatthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Research Support; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Cornell University, BA 1979
Harvard University, JD 1982
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-2019
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs. She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care. In addition, she is co-editor of the law school’s SSRN online publications, Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Paper Series. In 2016, Professor Parmet was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference
Professor Parmet has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law. She is co-author of Ethical Health Care (Prentice Hall, 2005) and Debates on U.S. Health Care (Sage Press, 2012), and author of Populations, Public Health, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2009).
Professor Parmet clerked with Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced with a large law firm prior to joining the Northeastern faculty. She is a member of the boards of directors (and a past president of the board) of Health Law Advocates and Health Care for All. Previously she has served as secretary for the Public Health Law Association and as a member of the ABA’s AIDS Coordinating Committee and Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.
In 1998, Professor Parmet acted as co-counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, the first AIDS/HIV case to come before the US Supreme Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Parmet’s client, Sidney Abbott, had been refused treatment by her dentist when she revealed her HIV-positive status, although she was asymptomatic. The high court said that because she was infected with HIV, she was entitled to the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012 Professor Parmet was lead counsel in Finch v. Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that a state law denying state subsidized health insurance to legal immigrants was unconstitutional.
Fields of Expertise
- Civil Rights
- Constitutional Law
- Disability Law
- First Amendment
- Health Law
- Medical Issues
- Public Health Law
- The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity (NYU Press, 2016) (co-author).
- Populations, Public Health, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2009).
- Ethical Health Care (Prentice Hall, 2006) (co-author).
- "Physicians, Firearms, and Free Speech — Overturning Florida’s Firearm-Safety Gag Rule," 10 New England Journal of Medicine 1056 (2017) (co-author).
- "Federal Powers to Control Communicable Conditions: Call for Reforms to Assure National Preparedness and Promote Global Security," 15 Health Security 1 (2017) (co-author).
- “Paternalism, Self-Governance, and Public Health: The Case of E-Cigarettes,” 70 University of Miami Law Review 879 (2016).
- “The Perils of Panic: Ebola, HIV, and the Intersection of Global Health and Law,” 42 American Journal of Law and Medicine 223 (2016) (co-author).
- “Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida — The First Amendment, Physician Speech, and Firearm Safety,” 374 New England Journal of Medicine 2304 (2016).
- “A Panic Foretold: Ebola in the United States,” Critical Public Health (2016) (co-author).
- “Expanding Coercive Treatment Is The Wrong Solution For The Opioid Crisis,” HealthAffairsBlog (February 11, 2016).
- “Shifting Vaccination Politics — The End of Personal-Belief Exemptions in California,” 373 The New England Journal of Medicinei 785 (2015).
- “Adventures in Nannydom: Reclaiming Collective Action for the Public’s Health,” 43 The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 73 (2015) (co-author).
- “The Courts and Public Health: Caught in a Pincer Movement,” American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 104 (2014).
- “Defending Public Health Regulations: The Message is the Medium,” Hastings Center Report, Vol. 44, No. 1 (2014).
- “Holes in the Safety Net - Legal Immigrants' Access to Health Insurance,” The New England Journal of Medicine (August 21, 2013).
- “Valuing the Unidentified: The Potential of Public Health Law,” 53 Jurimetrics 255 (2013).
- “Beyond Externships: Health Law Co-ops,” 9 Indiana Health Law Review 401 (2012).
- “Solidarity for Global Health,” 26 Bioethics 11 (2012) (co-author).
- “Debates on U.S. Health Care,” Sage Reference (September 2012) (co-editor).
- “Restoring Legal Immigrants' State Health Insurance- the Finch Case,” 7 Boston Health Law Reporter 6 (2012).
- “The Individual Mandate: Implications for Public Health,” 39 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 401 (2011).
- “ 4 Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 113 (2011).
- Pandemic Vaccines – The Legal Landscape,” 362 New England Journal of Medicine 1949 (2010).
- “Litigation Amidst Reform – The Boston Medical Center Case,” 361 New England Journal of Medicine 1819 (2009).
- “J.S. Mill and the American Law of Quarantine,” 1 Public Health Ethics 210 (2008).
- “Perspective: Isolation and Quarantine in the Case of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis,” 357 New England Journal of Medicine 433 (2007).
- “A New Era of Unapproved Drugs: The Case of Abigail Alliance v. Von Eschenbach,” 297 Journal of the American Medical Association 205 (2006) (co-author).
- “Unprepared: Why Health Law Fails to Prepare Us for a Pandemic,” 2 Journal of Health & Biomedical Law 157 (2007).
- “Public Health and the Constitutional Law: Recognizing the Relationship,” 10 Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 13 (2007).
- “Informed Consent and Public Health: Are They Compatible When It Comes to Vaccines,” 8 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 71 (2005).
- “Quarantine Redux: Bioterrorism, AIDS and the Curtailment of Individual Liberty in the Name of Public Health,” 13 Health Matrix 85 (2003).
- “After September 11: Rethinking Public Health Federalism,” 30 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 201 (2002).
- “A Rightful Place for Public Health in American Law,” 30 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 302 (2002) (co-author).
- “The Imperial Sovereign: Sovereign Immunity and the ADA,” 35 Michigan Journal of Law Reform 1 (2001-2002) (co-author).
- “Tobacco, HIV and the Courtroom: The Role of Affirmative Litigation in the Formation of Public Health Policy,” 36 Houston Law Review 101 (1999).
- “Health Care and the Constitution: Public Health and the Role of the State in the Framing Era,” 20 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 267 (1993).
- “Social Determinants, Health Disparities and the Role of Law,” in Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases on Medical Legal Partnerships, ed. E. Tyler et al. (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) (co-author).
- “Beyond Privacy: A Population Approach to Reproductive Rights,” in Social Issues, Welfare Consequences and Public Health Law, ed. J. Culhane (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- “Pharmaceuticals, Public Health, and the Law: A Public Health Perspective,” in The Power of Pills, ed. J. Cohen et al. (London, 2006).
- "Understanding the Complex Issue of Healthcare Reform," news@Northeastern (March 17, 2017)
- "Why the C.D.C.’s Power to Quarantine Should Worry Us," The New York Times (January 23, 2016)
- “Kalter: Obamacare Likely to Face Long, Gradual Revamp Under Trump,” Boston Herald (November 20, 2016).
- “Law Professor Wins Prestigious Teaching Award,” news@Northeastern (June 7, 2016).
- Podcast: “The Week in Health Law,” Bill of Health (April 8, 2016).
- “SCOTUS Nomination: The Legal and Political Landscape Ahead,” news@Northeastern (March 17, 2016).
- “The Curious Case Of The Docs Versus The Glocks: Firearms, The First Amendment, And Physician Speech,” HealthAffairs Blog (March 9, 2016).
- “Ebola Crisis Passes, but Questions on Quarantines Persist,” The New York Times (December 2, 2015).
- “Trade, Health, And Tobacco Exceptionalism: The TPP Tobacco Carve-Out,” HealthAffairs Blog (November 10, 2015).
- “What California’s Strict New Vaccination Law Means for the Rest of the Country,” Yahoo! Health (July 1, 2015).
- “3Qs: Supreme Court upholds healthcare law for second time,” news@Northeastern (June 26, 2015).
- “Reaction Pours in on Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision,” New England Cable News (June 25, 2015).
- “Obamacare: Massachusetts Provides SCOTUS The Basis For Upholding Law It Inspired,” WGBH News (June 25, 2015).
- “No Jab, No Pay: Australia’s Misguided Approach to Vaccine Refusal,” Bill of Health Blog (April 25, 2015).
- “In Regulating E-Cigarettes, No Easy Fix For The FDA,” HealthAffairs Blog (February 20, 2015).
- “Vaccine Mandates: Second Circuit Reaffirms their Constitutionality,” Bill of Health (February 3, 2015).
- “Judge in Maine Eases Restrictions on Nurse,” The New York Times (October 32, 2014).
- “Federal Actions Reflect Limited Role in Quarantine,” The Boston Globe (October 31, 2014).
- “Ebola Goes to Court,” Slate.com (October 30, 2014).
- “Quarantines Rarely Used, Effectiveness Questioned,” The Wall Street Journal (October 30, 2014).
- Video Interview: “Ebola Outbreak: The Ethics of Mandatory Quarantines,” Greater Boston, WGBH (October 27, 2014).
- “The Flu, TB and Now Ebola: A Rare Legal Remeday Returns,” The New York Times (October 26, 2014).
- “3Qs: Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision,” news@Northeastern (July 1, 2014).