The scholarship of Dean Hashimoto focuses on the interface of law, science and
medicine, especially in the areas of health care policy and the role of scientific
evidence in the courtroom. Educated as both an attorney and physician, he teaches torts,
environmental litigation, health care law, and evidence. He has also studied the
internment of citizens and aliens of Japanese heritage in World War II and written about
the constitutional law cases decided in that era. 

Professor Hashimoto served as a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and, after
graduating from law school, as a law clerk to Justice William Brennan of the U.S. Supreme
Court and Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. He also
practiced as a litigator for the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C. and
as a health care attorney for Ropes & Gray in Boston before joining the Boston
College faculty. 

Professor Hashimoto received his postgraduate medical training at the Brigham and
Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a board-certified
specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and serves as the chief of this
specialty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's
Hospital. 

Professor Hashimoto's current research focuses on the impact of law and regulation,
especially health care reform, on health care delivery. He is the on-site principle
investigator of the impact of corporate organization, policies, and regulation on the
health and well-being of hospital employees. This research involves a collaboration
between the Harvard Center for Work, Health, and Well-Being and Partners HealthCare
System and is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Professor Hashimoto has also collaborated with researchers at the Workers Compensation
Research Institute to evaluate the impact of health care delivery in the workers'
compensation system. 

Law and Medicine

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Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion: Rationale, Indicators, and Metrics (with Glorian Sorenson, Deborah McClellan, Jack T. Dennerlein, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Jennifer D. Allen, Leslie I. Boden, Cassadra Okechukwu, Anne Stoddard, and Gregory Wagner), Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (2013)

Objective: To offer a definition of an “integrated” approach to worker health and operationalize this...

 

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Results of a Pilot Intervention to Improve Health and Safety for Health Care Workers (with Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Jack T. Dennerlein, Christopher Kenwood, Anne M. Stoddard, Karen Hopcia, and Glorian Sorensen), Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (2013)

Objective: To test the feasibility of a multicomponent pilot intervention to improve worker safety and...

 

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Association between work–family conflict and musculoskeletal pain among hospital patient care workers (with Seung-Sip Kim, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Orfeu M. Buxton, Jack T. Dennerlein, Leslie I. Borden, and Glorian Sorensen), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2013)

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A growing body of evidence suggests that work–family conflict is an important risk factor...

 

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Association Between Work-Family Conflict and Musculoskeletal Pain among Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Seung-Sup Kim ScD, Cassandra A. Okechukwu ScD, Orfeu M. Buxton PhD, Jack T. Dennerlein PhD, Leslie I. Boden PhD, and Glorian Sorenson PhD), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2013)

Background

A growing body of evidence suggests that work–family conflict is an important risk factor...

 

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Association between Perceived Inadequate Staffing and Musculoskeletal Pain among Hospital Patient Care Workers (with Seung-Sip Kim, Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Jack T. Dennerlein, Leslie I. Borden, Karen Hopcia, and Glorian Sorensen), International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health (2013)

Objective

To examine association between perceived inadequate staffing and musculoskeletal pain and to evaluate the...

 

Scientific Evidence

Judging Scientific Evidence at the Cutting Edge, Conference for Massachusetts Apellate Judges (2006)
 

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Science as Mythology in Constitutional Law, Oregon Law Review (1997)
 

Japanese Internment in World War II

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The Legacy of Korematsu v. United States: A Dangerous Narrative Retold, UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (1996)
 
Casualties of War, Boston College Magazine (1993)
 

Selected Professional Activities

The Affordable Care Act, Boston College Law School Democrats (2013)
 
An introduction to the Affordable Care Act, Boston College Medical Humanities (2013)
 
The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers' Compensation, American Insurance Association National Meeting (2013)
 
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act, National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary Annual Conference (2013)

The most significant healthcare legislation to become law in America in decades is the Affordable...

 
The Affordable Care Act and Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Institute Annual Conference (2013)
 

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The Role of Employer-based Health Insurance in Health Care Reform, Boston College Law School Brown Bag Presentation (2012)

A BC Law Brown Bag presentation on employer health insurance.