Associate Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Health Policy & Law


Professor Cochran serves as Lecturer in Law on the UC Hastings faculty and as a member of the UC San Francisco/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, serving as Associate Director of the Consortium’s Health Policy & Law Degree Program (HPL). The HPL is a Master of Science degree program that brings together students and faculty from a variety of legal and healthcare disciplines to create a dynamic learning environment in which students learn to critically assess legal, policy and social challenges affecting the U.S. health care system. HPL students gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from outstanding health and law school faculties and their respective networks of health law and policy experts.

Professor Cochran’s teaching and curriculum development experience are informed by his early career experience as an emergency medicine physician, followed by fifteen years of experience as a health care attorney in private practice. He brings to the HPL and to the College a unique perspective to share with students on the legal issues impacting all segments of the healthcare industry, including providers, payors and patients.

Professor Cochran’s broad practice experience includes advising hospitals, health systems, foundations, health plans, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, medical groups and physicians on a range of transactional, regulatory and administrative law issues. He has advised and lectured on regulatory compliance matters pertinent to such facilities on topics ranging from peer review, facility licensing, Medicare certification and Joint Commission accreditation to HIPAA and other health information privacy laws, tele-health, medical tourism, fraud and abuse and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Professor Cochran’s expertise also includes advising hospitals and health systems on overcoming the challenges in integrating and aligning with physicians and health plans, given the challenges presented by the the corporate practice of medicine doctrine and the Knox-Keene Act.

Professor Cochran currently lives in South San Francisco with his husband, William. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, yoga, watching baseball, traveling and reading about all aspects of spirituality and cosmology.

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  1. University of Pennsylvania Law School 2000

    J.D., Law

  2. Georgetown University School of Medicine 1987

    M.D., Medicine

  3. Emory University 1983

    B.A., Anthropology


  1. American College of Legal Medicine 1970


Selected Scholarship

  1. Canadian Medical Tourism: Expanding Opportunities and Reducing Legal Risks for American Healthcare Providers 2017

    57 Jurimetrics J. 211–237 (2017)

  2. Is the Shrink's Role Shrinking? The Ambiguity of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 12.2 concerning Government Psychiatric Testimony in Negativing Cases 1999

    University of Pennsylvania Law Review


  1. Health Law Practice
  2. U.S. Healthcare System & Law