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
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)
A growing body of evidence suggests that work–family conflict is an important risk factor...
Barriers to Use of Workers' Compensation for Patient Care at Massachusetts Community Health Centers (with Lenore S. Azaroff Sc.D.; Letitia K. Davis Sc.D., M.Ed.; Robert Naparstek M.D.; James R. Laing B.S.; and David H. Wegman M.D., M.S.O.H.), Health Services Research (2013)
To examine barriers community health centers (CHCs) face in using workers' compensation insurance (WC)....
Ergonomic Practices within Patient Care Units are Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain and Limitations (with Jack T. Denerlein PhD, Karen Hopcia ScD, Christopher Kenwood MS, Anne M. Stoddard ScD, T. Helene Tveito PhD, and Glorian Sorenson PhD), American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2012)
With the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for patient care unit workers, prevention...
Longer-Term Use of Opioids (with Dongchung Wang and Kathryn Mueller), Workers Compensation Research Institute Report (2012)
With opioid misuse a top public health problem in the United States, this study examined...
Occupational Injuries for Consecutive and Cumulative Shifts Among Hospital Registered Nurses and Patient Care Asscoiates: A Case-Control Study (with Karen Hopcia ScD, ANP-BC; Jack Tigh Dennerlein PhD; Terry Orechia MS; and Glorian Sorensen PhD, MPH), Workplace Health & Safety (2012)
Nontraditional work shifts for hospital registered nurses and patient care associates and associated injuries were...
Judging Scientific Evidence at the Cutting Edge, Conference for Massachusetts Apellate Judges (2006)
Justice Brennan's Use of Scientific and Empirical Evidence in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Boston College Law Review (1991)
A Tribute to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.: His Use of Scientific Evidence in Constitutional Adjudication, Washburn Law Journal (1991)
Japanese Internment in World War II
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
Chronic Pain Treatment: Massachusetts as a Case Study, 13th Annual Workers' Compensation Law Conference, MCLE (2012)
A lecture given as part of a session entitled Dealing with Chronic Pain Under the...
William B. Patterson Memorial Lecture: As Health Care Reform Evolves, What is Our Role?, New England Conference for Physicians and Nurses, New England College of Occupational Medicine and Mass. Occupational Health Nurses Association (2012)
Honorary lecture awarded in recognition of national expertise in occupational health
Clinical Management of Chronic Pain and Narcotics, Absence Management Summit, Raytheon Corporation (2012)
A lecture given at a conference on absence management in workplaces.
Massachusetts Chronic Pain Guideline, Chronic Pain Conference, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (2012)
A presentation on the new clinical pain treatment guideline in workers' compensation.
Putting Guidelines into Practice: The Case of Partners HealthCare, Work, Health, and Wellbeing in the Workplace, Harvard School of Public Health (2012)
A lecture given at the Harvard School of Public Health on the role of health...
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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.