Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA).
He is also: (1) Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; (2) Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and (3) Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University.
Professor Pope has nearly 200 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking. And he runs the Medical Futility Blog (with nearly four million page-views).
Professor Pope works to calibrate the balance between individual liberty and public health in the end-of-life medical treatment context. Specific research topics have included: (1) medical futility, (2) unwanted medical treatment, (3) ethics committees, (4) brain death, (5) advance directives, (6) surrogate decision making, (7) unrepresented patients, (8) aid in dying, and (9) VSED. More recently, Pope has been innovating new legal tools to better assure (10) fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms, and (11) adequate informed consent with patient decision aids.
Prior to joining academia, Professor Pope was a corporate litigator with Arnold & Porter LLP in Los Angeles and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Pope earned a J.D. and Ph.D. (in philosophy and bioethics) from Georgetown University.