Current Institutional Affiliation
Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Arkansas

I am on the faculties of the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and I am a frequent visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. My particular fields of interest are comparative health law and health policy, tort law and products liability. I am on the executive committee of the Asian Law & Society Association, and in 2018 will serve as chair of the East Asian Law & Society Section of the Association of American Law Schools. For pro bono publico work, I serve on the boards of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1999
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Professor, Law, University of Arkansas
A Comparison of Health Care Quality Control Structure in Japan and the United States

This project seeks to illuminate, in comparative perspective, how Japan and the United States are facing the challenges of applying the technologies and methods of quality improvement in the field of health care. The project is divided into three parts: {l) an analysis of the effects on health care quality of the civil law system, in particular medical malpractice litigation; (2) an exploration of the effects of recent administrative reforms in Japan regarding patients' access to medical information and in medical payment systems, and a comparison with analogous reforms in the U.S.; and (3) an examination of quality control developments within the medical professions of each nation.