Clark C. Havighurst is the William Neal Reynolds Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University. He has taught courses in health care law and policy, antitrust law, and economic regulation at the Duke since 1964. His scholarly writings include articles on most phases of regulation in the health services industry; the role of competition in the financing and delivery of health care; medical malpractice; private contracts as vehicles for reforming American health care; a wide range of antitrust issues arising in the health care field; and antitrust and other issues surrounding private standard setting, accrediting, etc. in health care and other fields. His law school casebook, entitled Health Care Law and Policy: Readings, Notes, and Questions, was published by Foundation Press in 1988; a new edition, with two co-editors, was published in the Summer of 1998. In 1982, he published a major study of economic regulation in health care, Deregulating the Health Care Industry. A later book, Health Care Choices: Private Contracts as Instruments of Health Reform, was published in February 1995 by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor Havighurst served as a member of the Institute’s Board of Health Care Services from 1987 to 1997. He also served for many years as an adjunct scholar of the AEI. He has served, on sabbatical leaves, as a scholar in residence at the Institute of Medicine (1972-73) and the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica (1999) and as a resident consultant at the Federal Trade Commission (1978-79) and at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green (1989-90). In 1988-89, he served as the Executive Director of the Private Adjudication Center, Inc., an affiliate of the Duke Law School specializing in alternative dispute resolution; he also served for some years as a member of the PAC’s executive committee. He has served as chairman of the executive and management committees of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. He edited the journal Law and Contemporary Problems from 1965 to 1970 and has been a visiting professor of law at Stanford, Northwestern, Michigan, and William & Mary. Professor Havighurst served as Interim Dean of Duke Law School in the last half of 1999.
Havighurst is known as a leading and innovative proponent of policies that would rely less on government or the medical profession and more on competition and consumer choice to guide the health care industry’s development.