Saint Louis University
Robert Gatter
Scott Hall 946


B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1986
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1990
M.A., Medical College of Wisconsin, 1995


Health Law


Health Care Lawar
Public Health Law
Theories of Health Law Seminar
Robert Gatter
Co-Director, Center for Health Law Studies
Professor of Health Management and Policy, Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice

Rob Gatter co-directs the Center for Health Law Studies, which is home to one of the nation’s premiere health law programs. Professor Gatter has expertise in a variety of health law topics including public health law, informed consent law, end-of-life decisions, conflicts of interest, and theoretical descriptions of health law. His work has been published by Emory Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review and others. Additionally, he has organized symposia on “Pandemic Preparedness” and on “Dual-Use Research Regulation” that were each published as issues of the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy.

Professor Gatter teaches Health Care Law, Public Health Law, Administrative Law, and a seminar in Theories of Health Law among other courses. Saint Louis University recognized his teaching with a “Faculty Excellence Award” in 2012.

Professor Gatter was named one of ten national fellows for 2014-2015 in the “Future of Public Health Law Teaching” program underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As part of that program, he is incorporating population health outcomes research into SLU’s public health law curriculum through both lectures and a Public Health Law Research Lab that will go live in the 2015-2016 academic year.

While at Saint Louis University School of Law, Professor Gatter developed and implemented the school’s “Health Law Semester in Washington DC” program through which experienced law students earn a semester of credit while working full-time in a federal agency doing supervised health law work. Additionally, he worked with the University’s Center for Outcomes Research to create the nation’s first dual-degree program in law and health outcomes research. Currently, he is helping plan the annual ASLME Health Law Professors Conference, which SLU LAW will host in June 2015.

Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Louis University, Professor Gatter was on the faculty at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Early in his academic career, he was a bioethics fellow at the University of Minnesota and taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Additionally, he practiced in health law and commercial litigation in Denver, Colorado.