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Michael Waitzkin

Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Duke Science & Society
174 Sarvisberry Ln SW, Floyd, VA 24091

Overview


After more than 30 years of litigation experience in Washington, DC, Michael “Buz” Waitzkin joined the faculty at Duke University where he teaches courses on science law and policy, ethics, data use and privacy, federal regulation and other issues related to emerging technologies. He is the Deputy Director of the Initiative for Science & Society, Director of Graduate Studies for the Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy, a Core Faculty Member in the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy and has appointments as Senior Lecturing Fellow in both the Law School and Science & Society and Adjunct Faculty in the Medical School.


He is a co-founder and member of the board of Orbit Genomics, a start-up company developing and commercializing a genomic diagnostic technology, based on microsatellites, which others have discarded as “junk DNA”.

 

He practiced law in the District of Columbia for 35 years, where he handled complex commercial and criminal cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in advising the biomedical research community on issues relating to legal and regulatory strategy, product acquisition, exclusivity strategies, clinical research and ethics. He also served as Special Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office.

He attended the University of Virginia (BA 1971; Phi Beta Kappa, Echols Scholar), Stanford Law School (JD 1974) and Yale Law School (LLM 1975, Commonwealth Fellow in Law, Science and Medicine).

 

September 2019

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2014 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
Deputy Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2014 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
Director of Graduate Studies of the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy · 2022 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
MMCi Instructor in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics · 2020 - Present Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Basic Science Departments
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2019 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications


Yale University · 1975 LL.M.
Stanford University · 1974 J.D.
University of Virginia · 1971 B.A.