Faculty Scholars Program

Govind Persad, JD, PhD

Class of 2021
  • Assistant Professor
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Scholar Project

Govind Persad is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. His research interests center on the legal and ethical dimensions of health insurance, domestic and international health care financing, priority-setting in health care systems, and markets in health care services (including pharmaceutical pricing). He also has interests in the ethics and regulation of human subjects research, in comparative professional ethics, and in the legal and ethical issues presented by new biotechnologies such as gene editing and neuroscientific interventions.

His recent bioethics articles have appeared in Bioethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and the Hastings Center Report. His legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the George Washington Law Review; Emory Law Journal; Boston College Law Review; Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; and Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, among others. He was selected as a Health Law Scholar in 2017 and a BioIP Scholar in 2018 by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Professor Persad holds a JD and a PhD in philosophy from Stanford University. Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics, where he served on the School’s Institutional Review Board; was a Junior Faculty Fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business; and clerked for the Hon. Carlos Lucero, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Evaluating and Rethinking Financial Risk Protection in Health Care Systems: Framework Development and Analysis of Contemporary Health Insurance Options

Grant Cycle: 2017-2018

Health care systems increasingly aim to protect people against financial as well as health risks. Professor Persad’s project will address three questions: (1) Which financial risks should health systems protect against? (2) Why should they protect against those risks? (3) How should they protect against them? This project aims to answer the first two questions by examining how potential definitions of financial risk differ and how they connect with ethical values. It then aims to answer the third by using legal and policy analysis.


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