Dr. Fazal Khan joined the University of Georgia School of Law in the fall of 2006 as an assistant professor specializing in health law. Khan teaches Health Law & Policy, Bioethics, Public Health Law and International Products Liability.
His current research focuses on several themes: reform of the US healthcare system, the effect of globalization on healthcare and the challenge of regulating emerging biotechnologies. Representative articles and presentations include proposals on administrative regulations to protect against epigenetic harms (and endocrine disruptors) in consumer products; ethical regulations on human drug trials in developing countries; rethinking public health laws post-9/11 to ensure adequate protection of civil liberties and effective emergency response; the potential dissonance between personal health records and electronic medical records; and ethical safeguards that would allow organ donation from anencephalic infants. Khan has presented papers at the University of Illinois, SEALS conference, Georgia State University and the Health Law Scholarâ€™s Workshop at St. Louis University. At the University of Georgia, he has given many academic presentations at the College of Public Health, the Center for International Trade and Security, the Department of Cellular Biology, the Department of Genetics, the School of Social Work and the School of Law, among others.
Khan has considerable experience in both legal and medical fields and has been interviewed and called on as an expert by both television and print media on topics ranging from national healthcare reform, assisted suicide laws and mandatory vaccination policies. As a litigation associate for the law firm of Jenner & Block, he conducted a bioethics investigation for a major academic hospitalâ€™s transplant program, drafted an appellate amicus brief on the epidemiology of Agent Orange exposure and represented hospitals, physicians and pharmaceutical companies in various other legal matters. In addition, he developed a mock trial on scientific evidence for the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence and assisted in the development of the Federal Judicial Centerâ€™s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.
He earned his bachelorâ€™s degree with honors from the University of Chicago, where he was a National Merit Scholar. As part of the University of Illinoisâ€™ Medical Scholars program, he graduated magna cum laude from law school in 2000 and earned his M.D. in 2003. He served on the editorial board of the University of Illinois Law Review and was a Richardson Scholar at the College of Medicine.
Khan is proud to be active in his local community of Athens, Ga. He serves as a board member for AIDS Athens, has given several public â€œtown hallâ€ presentations on healthcare reform all over Northeast Georgia and is a strong supporter of local artists and musicians.