Mary Ann Chirba, MPH, JD, ScD

Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing
Boston College Law School

Mary Ann Chirba holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Colgate University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School. She holds a Doctorate of Science in Health Policy and Law as well as a Master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author, along with Alice Noble and Michael Maddigan, of Health Care Reform: Law and Practice – A Comprehensive Guide to the Affordable Care Act and its Implementing Regulations, a 2 volume treatise published by Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender in 2013.

Since 1984, Professor Chirba has taught a variety of courses at Boston College Law School, including Federal Health Reform: The Affordable Care Act, Comparative Health Law, Health Care Law and Policy I and II, Advocacy Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Legal Reasoning Research & Writing, and Product Liability Law. In 1999, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Legal Reasoning and is a member of the health law faculty.

Professor Chirba holds Adjunct Professor appointments at NYU School of Law and Tufts Medical School. She has lectured on a various health law issues at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital of Boston, and the Brandeis/Heller School. A former litigator, she has also been certified by the American Health Law Association as a mediator and arbitrator. In past years, Professor Chirba has been an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she taught courses on Pharmaceutical Product Safety, “The Tobacco Wars,” Current Developments in Health Law, Managed Care Law & Regulation, and Medical Malpractice & Risk Management.

Her current research focuses on the Affordable Care Act as well as FDA and international regulation of adult stem cell research and regenerative medicine.