Govind Persad

Assistant Professor


Health Law

Professional Biography

Professor Persad’s research interests center on the legal and ethical dimensions of health insurance, health care financing (both domestic and international), and markets in health care services, as well as professional ethics and the regulation of medical research. He has been selected as a 2018-21 Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics for an ongoing research project on health insurance and protection against financial risk.

His articles have appeared or will appear in the George Washington Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, and Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, among others. He was selected as a Health Law Scholar in 2017 and as a BioIP Scholar in 2018 by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

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

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  • PhD, 2015, Stanford University
  • JD, 2013, Stanford Law School, with pro bono distinction
  • BS, 2007, Stanford University
  • BA, 2006, Stanford University

Featured Publications


Additional Publications

  • Expensive Patients, Reinsurance, and the Future of Health Care Reform, 69 EMORY L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2020).
  • Choosing Affordable Health Insurance, 88 GEO. WASH. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2020).
  • The Case for Valuing Non-Health and Indirect Benefits, in GLOBAL HEALTH PRIORITYSETTING: BEYOND COST-EFFECTIVENESS (Ole F. Norheim, Ezekiel J. Emanuel & Joseph Millum eds. 2019): 207-22. Oxford University Press.
  • Justice and Public Health, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS (Nancy Kass, Jeff Kahn, and Anna Mastroianni eds. 2019): 33-46. Oxford University Press.
  • Transparency Trade-Offs: Priority-Setting, Scarcity, and Health Fairness, in Transparency in Health and Health Care (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch & Barbara Evans eds. 2019): 44-57. Cambridge University Press.
  • Authority without identity: defending advance directives via posthumous rights over one’s body (2019).
  • Are Medicaid Closed Formularies Unethical? Social Values and Limit-Setting, , 21 AM. MED. ASS’N J. ETHICS 654 (2019). Second author, with Leah Rand (trainee). Invited contribution.
  • Differential Payment to Research Participants: An Ethical Analysis, 45 J. MED. ETHICS 318 (2019). First author, with Holly Fernandez Lynch and Emily Largent.
  • Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health, forthcoming in THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF ANIMAL ETHICS (Bob Fischer ed. 2019).
  • Paying Patients: Legal and Ethical Dimensions, 20 Yale J.L. & Tech. 177. (2018).
  • Non-Health and Indirect Benefits, in GLOBAL HEALTH PRIORITIES: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE (Ole Frithjof Norheim & Ezekiel J. Emanuel eds.), forthcoming. First author, with Jessica du Toit.
  • Distributive Justice and the Relief of Household Debt, 26 J. Pol. Phil. 327 (2018).
  • The Case for Resource-Sensitivity: Why It Is Ethical to Provide Cheaper, Less-Effective Treatments in Global Health, 47 Hastings Ctr. Rep. 17 (2017). First author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Featured article with commentaries by Alex London (Carnegie Mellon), Richard Marlink (Harvard), and Paul Ndebele (Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe).
  • Bankruptcy Beyond Status Maintenance, 11 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 451 (2017).
  • Public Preferences About Fairness and the Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON FAIRNESS, EQUITY AND JUSTICE (Meng Li & David Tracer eds. 2017).
  • Downward Mobility and Rawlsian Justice, 175 Phil. Studies 277 (2017).
  • Beyond Administrative Tunnel Vision: Widening the Lens of Costs and Benefits, 15 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 941 (2017). Invited symposium contribution.
  • Letter, The Ethics of Expanding Access to Cheaper, Less-Effective Treatments--Authors' Reply, 389 Lancet 1008 (2017). Second author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
  • What Is the Relevance of Procedural Fairness to Making Determinations about Medical Evidence?, 19 Am. Med. Ass’n J. Ethics 183 (2017). Invited contribution.
  • Law, Science, and the Injured Mind, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 1179 (2016).
  • Health Theater, 48 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 585 (2016).
  • The Ethics of Expanding Access to Cheaper, Less-Effective Treatments, 388 Lancet 932 (2016). First author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
  • Sufficiency, Comprehensiveness of Healthcare Coverage and Cost-Sharing Arrangements in the Realpolitik of Health Policyv, in WHAT IS ENOUGH? SUFFICIENCY, JUSTICE, AND HEALTH (Carina Fourie and Annette Rid eds. 2016): 267-80. First author, with Harald Schmidt.
  • Expanding Deliberation in Critical-Care Policy Design, 16 Am. J. Bioethics 60 (2016): 60-63. Invited contribution.
  • Should Research Ethics Encourage the Production of Cost-Effective Interventions?, in ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: THEORY AND PRACTICE (Daniel Strech & Marcel Mertz eds. 2016): 13-28.
  • Retrospective Essay, On H.M. Oliver’s “Established Expectations and American Economic Policies,”, 125 Ethics 829 (2015).
  • Equality via Mobility: Why Socioeconomic Mobility Matters for Relational Equality, Distributive Equality, and Equality of Opportunity, 31 Soc. Phil. & Pol’y 158 (2015).
  • Priority-Setting, Cost-Effectiveness, and the Affordable Care Act, 41 Am. J.L. & Med. 119 (2015).
  • The Medical Cost Pandemic: Why Limiting Access to Cost-Effective Treatments Hurts the Global Poor, 15 Chi. J. Int’l L. 559 (2015).
  • Clinical Research: Should Patients Pay to Play?, 7 Sci. Translational Med. 298 (2015). Fifth author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Steve Joffe, Christine Grady, and David Wendler.
  • When, and How, Should Cognitive Bias Matter to Law?, 32 Law & Ineq. 31 (2014).
  • The Tarasoff Rule: The Implications of Interstate Variation and Gaps in Professional Training, 42 J. Am. Acad. Psychiary & L. 469 (2014). Second author, with Rebecca A. Johnson and Dominic Sisti.
  • Democratic Deliberation and the Ethical Review of Human Subjects Research, in Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (I. Glenn Cohen & Holly Fernandez Lynch eds. 2014): 157-72.
  • Poster, Offensive Defensive Medicine: The Ethics of Digoxin Injections in Response to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, 90 Contraception 304 (2014). Second author, with Colleen Denny and Elena Gates.
  • Libertarian Patriarchalism: Nudges, Procedural Roadblocks, and Reproductive Choice, 35 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 273 (2014). Invited symposium contribution.
  • What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (And Vice Versa), 22 Tul. J. L. & Sexuality 103 (2013). First Prize, 2012 National LGBT Bar Association Student Writing Competition; Article of the Day, ImmigrationProf Blog.
  • Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions,, 373 Lancet 423 (2009). First author, with Ezekiel Emanuel and Alan Wertheimer. Reprinted in ETHICAL ISSUES IN MODERN MEDICINE, 8th ed. (John Arras, Bonnie Steinbock, and Alex London eds. 2012).
  • Misuse Made Plain: Evaluating Concerns About Neuroscience in National Security, 1 Ajob Neurosci. 15 (2010). Seventh author, with Kelly Lowenberg, Brenda M. Simon, Amy Knight Burns, Libby Greismann, Jennifer M. Halbleib, David L.M. Preston, Harker Rhodes, and Emily M. Murphy.
  • Standing by Our Principles: Meaningful Guidance, Moral Foundations, and Multi-Principle Methodology in Medical Scarcity, 4 Am. J. Bioethics 46 (2010). First author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Alan Wertheimer.
  • Note, Risk, Everyday Intuitions, and the Institutional Value of Tort Law, 62 Stan. L. Rev. 1445 (2010).
  • Are Physicians Willing to Ration Health Care? Conflicting Findings in a Systematic Review of Survey Research, 90 Health Pol’y 113 (2009). Second author, with Daniel Strech, Georg Marckmann, and Marion Danis.
  • Letter, Ethical Criteria for Allocating Health-Care Resources–Authors' Reply, 373 Lancet 1425 (2009). First author, with Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Alan Wertheimer.
  • The Current State of Medical School Education in Bioethics, Health Law, and Health Economics, 36 J.L. Med. & Ethics 89 (2008). First author, with Linden Elder, Laura Sedig, Leonardo Flores & Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
  • Including Persons with HIV Infection in Cancer Clinical Trials, 26 J. Clin. Oncology 1027 (2008). First author, with Richard F. Little and Christine Grady.