Lance Gable

Associate Dean Wayne Law
Phone: (313) 577-3973


Lance Gable, an internationally known expert on public health law and bioethics, was named associate dean for academic affairs June 30, 2014, after serving as interim associate dean since June 2013.

Gable earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also received a B.A. in political science and biology from Johns Hopkins University. He teaches Public Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, Torts and other health law subjects at Wayne Law.

Gable's research addresses the overlap among law, policy, ethics, health and science. He has published journal articles on a diverse array of topics including public health law, ethics and policy; international human rights; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; research ethics; and information privacy. He is also co-editor and co-author respectively of two books: Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics and the Law (American Psychological Association, 2009, with Buchanan and Fisher) and Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Policy and Law Reform (World Bank Group, 2007, with Gamharter, Gostin, Hodge, and Van Puymbroeck).

Gable is the principal investigator for the project "Developing Ethical Guidelines for the Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources During Public Health Emergencies in Michigan." In addition, he is co-chair of the Wayne State University Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. He has served as co-chair of the Wayne State University Clinical and Transnational Research Ethics Workgroup and received the 2010 Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has helped develop course materials for the World Health Organization Diploma in International Human Rights and Mental Health and has worked as a human rights consultant for the Pan American Health Organization.

Prior to joining the Wayne Law faculty in 2006, Gable served as a senior fellow at the Centers for Law and the Public´┐Żs Health: A Collaborative at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, affiliated with the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He continued his affiliation with the centers as a scholar from 2006-12. He prevously was project director for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) Legal and Regulatory Issues Project, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He was also the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Bioterrorism Law and Policy at the Centers for Law and the Public's Health and practiced as a health care law attorney at a major international firm in Washington, D.C.

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