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CEI Welcomes Senior Fellow with Health Care and Legal Expertise

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute is pleased to welcome medical and legal expert Joel M. Zinberg, M.D., J.D. as a senior fellow working on health care policy. 

“Dr. Zinberg has the tools to bring clarity to the regulatory economics of health policy,” said Kent Lassman, CEI president.  “His work will advance CEI’s mission to build resiliency in America’s healthcare landscape.”

Zinberg is a native New Yorker who recently completed two years as General Counsel and Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. He is a board certified surgeon and practiced general and oncologic surgery in New York for nearly 30 years at the Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery. He has been involved with health policy issues and the interaction between law and medicine for his entire career. He also taught for 10 years at the Columbia University Law School as a Lecturer in Law where he created a course on the legal, policy and ethical issues surrounding organ transplantation. 

Dr. Zinberg recently successfully argued a case before New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, where the Court struck down as unconstitutional the legislature’s attempt to retroactively apply new and onerous rent regulation statutes that interfere with owners’ property rights. This is the first time any federal or state high court has been willing to limit rent regulation in a meaningful way.

Dr. Zinberg has written for publications as varied as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, the Wall Street Journal, City Journal and law reviews. He is the author of book chapters on legal and policy issues in organ transplantation.

He received his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor on the Law Journal, his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his B.A. in economics, microbiology and biochemistry with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.

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