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Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD

Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD

Interim Dean, College of Public Health

Senior Associate Dean, Health Policy and Practice, Morsani College of Medicine

Senior Associate Vice President, Health Law, Policy and Safety

Distinguished Service Professor, Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy and Industrial Engineering

Director, Florida Health Information Information Center

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  • JD, Stetson University College of Law, 1993
  • PHD, Public Health, University of Texas, 1981
  • MPH, Indiana University, 1975
  • MA, New York University, 1974
  • AB, University of Illinois, 1973


Dr. Jay Wolfson is the Distinguished Service Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Pharmacy, Associate Vice President for Health Law, Policy and Safety, and Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy and Practice at the Morsani College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida and is on the faculty at Stetson University College of Law. 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, the daily, electronic Internet health news source. Dr. Wolfson 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 through which he won the largest Medicare fraud and abuse settlement involving a single physician in U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) history. Dr. 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 was appointed Special Guardian Ad Litem for Theresa Marie Schiavo. He has been named a Faculty Scholar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 exceptional sons, three grandchildren, and is married to psychologist, Dr. Olga Skalkos.

Recent Publications

  • James D. McCluskey, Stephen C. Harbison, Giffe T. Johnson, Ping Xu, Steve Morris, Jay Wolfson, and Raymond D. Harbison. Occupational health surveillance: Pulmonary function testing in emergency responders J Emerg Trauma Shock. 7(3) : 180–185, 2014.
  • Wolfson J. Technology, life issues altering what it means to be a physician. Interview by Lois A Bowers. Medical Economics. 90(6) : 78, 2013.
  • Wolfson J. Florida medical home may offer a model for the future of senior healthcare. Medical Economics. 90(4) : 76, 75, 2013.
  • Wolfson J. Costs, control, data access remain top EHR concerns. Interview by Lois A Bowers. Medical Economics. 90(2) : 56, 59, 2013.
  • Stephen C Harbison, Giffe T Johnson, James D McCluskey, Ping Xu, Shelia Mohammad, Jay Wolfson and Raymond D Harbison. Occupational Health Surveillance: Pulmonary Function Testing in Utility Workers J Clinic Toxicol. : S5:006, 2012.
  • Wilson AR, Fabri PJ, Wolfson J. Human error and patient safety: interdisciplinary course. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 24(1) : 18-25, 2012.
  • Wolfson, Jay. CHOOSING FOR ONCE-COMPETENT PATIENTS Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine: Contemporary Readings in Bioethics. : 369, 2012.
  • Wolfson J, and Nir Menachemi. Just Dating or Soul Mates? Patient Safety Meets Fraud and Abuse Florida Journal of Health Law. , 2010.
  • Wolfson J. Defined by her dying, not her death: the guardian ad litem''s view of Schiavo. Death studies. 30(2) : 113-20, 2006.
  • Wolfson J. The basis for decisions to end life. The Schiavo dilemma: an essay by the special guardian ad Litem. Clinical interventions in aging. 1(1) : 3-6; discussion 6, 2006.
  • Wolfson J. Schiavo''s lessons for health attorneys when good law is all you have: reflections of the special guardian ad litem to Theresa Marie Schiavo. Journal of health law. 38(4) : 535-86, 2005.
  • Wolfson J. The rule in Terri''s case: an essay on the public death of Theresa Marie Schiavo. Stetson law review. 35(1) : 39-47, 2005.
  • Wolfson J. Erring on the side of Theresa Schiavo: reflections of the special guardian ad litem. The Hastings Center report. 35(3) : 16-9, 2005.