Jay Wolfson, Dr.P.H., J.D.
Director, Florida Health Information Center
Director, Suncoast Center for Patient Safety Evaluation and Research
Co-Director, Consortium for Law and Medicine, USF / Stetson University
Associate Director, National Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, VHA
Education and History
Came to USF
B.A. University of Illinois,1973
M.A. New York University, 1974
M.P.H. Indiana University,1975
Dr. P.H. University of Texas, 1981
J.D. Stetson University College of Law, 1993
Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD
Distinguished Service Professor
Public Health and Medicine
Associate Vice President
Health Law, Policy and Safety USF Health
Dr. Jay Wolfson is the Distinguished Service Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Pharmacy, Associate Vice President for Health Law, Policy and Safety and is on the faculty at Stetson University College of Law.
Wolfson serves as the Principal Investigator for PaperFree Florida, a federally funded, regional, public-private partnership that enables clinicians to implement and meaningfully use electronic health information systems; he is co-Principal and Senior Investigator for the USF Health-The Villages Health Status Survey and Health System Innovation; Principal Investigator for the Florida Family AIDS Network that provides care and services for women, children and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. He has generated more than $30 Million in grants and contracts. He was designated a member of the Medicare Competitive Pricing Review Committee, served as Associate Director of the VA’s National Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, and was trustee, vice chair of the board, and chair of finance of Tampa General Hospital for 12 years. He maintains a private health law practice.
Dr. Wolfson conducts research and writes about health care law, ethics, policy, technology, safety and finance and regularly provides research-based policy analyses to legislative, judicial and executive branches of state and federal governments. He is a national health policy consultant to several news organizations and contributes regularly to television, radio and newsprint coverage of health care. He is a founding board member of HealthNewsFlorida.org, the daily, electronic Internet health news source.
Wolfson was appointed Special Guardian Ad Litem for Theresa Marie Schiavo, reporting to Governor Bush and the Florida Courts, and was the named Expert on Health Law, Finance and Policy to the Florida Attorney General. He was the Florida Bar appointee to the Governing Board of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, and serves on the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Jay Wolfson holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas, a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, a master’s degree in public health from Indiana University, a master’s degree in history from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois.
He has been named a Faculty Scholar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo Medical School, a W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Care Finance, Distinguished Scholar at the University at Buffalo College of Social Work, The Sebati Distinguished Scholar at the University at Albany College of Law, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at St. Louis University College of Law, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Florida International University Honors College. He has three sons, Alan, 30; Marc, 27; and Joel, 20.