- John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
- Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education
- Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
- JD, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
- MBe, University of Pennsylvania, Bioethics
- BA, University of Pennsylvania, Health and Societies/Bioethics
Holly Fernandez Lynch is an academic attorney-bioethicist, and awardee of the John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Professorship at Penn. Her scholarly work focuses primarily on two areas: the ethics and regulation of human subjects research, and conflicts of conscience in health care. She is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise (MIT Press 2008), as well as the co-editor of seven books, covering human subjects research regulation; FDA regulation of drugs and new technologies; health law and behavioral economics; law, religion, and health; biospecimen research; big data, health law, and bioethics (forthcoming); and transparency in health care (forthcoming). Her work has appeared in leading bioethics, medical, and law journals, in addition to popular outlets such as the New York Times and Boston Globe.
Professor Fernandez Lynch was appointed to a four-year term as member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) in 2014; she also serves on a SACHRP subcommittee. She has been co-investigator on projects examining issues related to improving recruitment to clinical trials, oversight of patient-centered outcomes research, and legal and ethical issues related to football players health. In 2017, she served as a member of an independent consultation to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research regarding ethical considerations for Zika virus human challenge trials.
Prior to joining Penn, Professor Fernandez Lynch was Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and Teaching Faculty in the Master of Bioethics program at Harvard Medical School. She has also worked as an attorney in private practice focused on pharmaceuticals regulation, and as a bioethicist at the NIH’s Division of AIDS and President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.