David Sontag is First Deputy General Counsel at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Lecturer on Medicine, Part-Time at Harvard Medical School. His current legal practice focuses on advising and resolving legal and compliance issues related to corporate and clinical affiliations and other business relationships with the medical center, including its relationship with its accountable care organization. David also advises medical center clinicians regarding guardianships, health care proxies and related informed consent issues, and oversees the process for obtaining guardianships for medical center patients. David is involved in BIDMC’s Ethics Liaison program and will begin a term as co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee in January 2017, and is often consulted and asked to speak about legal and ethical issues that arise in the clinical setting. In conjunction with his law practice, David has taught various courses related to health law and bioethics at Drexel University, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He currently teaches the Capstone Seminar for the Master of Bioethics Program at Harvard Medical School. David is an active member of the Boston Bar Association and previously served as co-chair of the Health Law Section. Before joining BIDMC, David served as a federal judicial clerk, and was in private practice, where he represented health care providers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and private equity investors in healthcare-related companies. David is a cum laude graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. David also holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
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