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Eleanor D. Kinney

Garwin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine

line Courses Taught:

Law 596 - Health Policy Law
Law 609 - Law of Medicare Program
Law 590 - Senior Seminar: Health Reform Topics
Law 608 - Health and Human Rights in a Global Market


Eleanor D. Kinney, founding director of the school's internationally recognized William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, is one of the nation's leading experts on health law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law for four years, then worked as an estate planning officer for Duke University Medical Center for two years. After earning her master's degree in public health, she served as program analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to joining the faculty in 1984, she was assistant general counsel of the American Hospital Association.

A widely published author and respected lecturer on the subjects of America's health care system, medical malpractice, health coverage for the poor, and issues in administrative law, Professor Kinney is author or co-author of numerous law review articles, book chapters and book reviews. She published Protecting American Health Care Consumers (Duke University Press 2002) and edited the Guide to Medicare Coverage Decision-Making and Appeals (ABA Publishing 2002).

Professor Kinney has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, President Clinton's Task Force for Health Care Reform, and the Indiana Commission on Health Care for the Working Poor. She has been appointed by the governor of Indiana to the Executive Board of the Indiana State Department of Health and to other task forces and advisory boards. She currently serves as chair of the Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Indiana Commission on Excellence in Health Care.

During 1999-2000, Professor Kinney taught and conducted research as a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of La Plata in La Plata, Argentina. She founded the school's Latin American Law Summer Program and served as its executive director until 2007. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and at the IU School of Medicine.


Room 254
Lesar Law Building
Mailcode 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 453-8745