Research Assistant Professor; Health Law & Policy Institute
B.S., Georgetown University
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
Leah R. Fowler is a Research Assistant Professor and the Research Director for the Health Law & Policy Institute focusing on public health law, bioethics, and health legislation and policy. Her current research includes a grant-funded project tracking Texas municipal smoking ordinances and an insurance project exploring internal appeals and external review of adverse benefit determinations.
In addition to her research duties, Professor Fowler is involved in several Health Law & Policy Institute initiatives, including oversight of the Health Law Legislative Fellows Program and development of a medical-legal partnership. She is also a faculty advisor to the Health Law Organization and the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy.
Professor Fowler has coauthored papers appearing or forthcoming in Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine,JAMA Internal Medicine,and Theology and Science. She has also written forthe Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy's blog PolicyWise, where she was an editor from 2016-2018. She now serves as a faculty editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy and the Health Law & Policy Institute's Health Law Perspectives.
Prior to joining the University of Houston, Professor Fowler worked as the Health Policy Program Manager in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine where she maintains a designation as a Health Policy Scholar. Immediately after law school, she practiced law as a personal injury attorney.
Professor Fowler earned her Bachelor of Science with honors in International Health from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center.