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Patricia J. Zettler
Fellow and Lecturer in Law


Patricia J. Zettler is a Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and the Biosciences. Patti’s research focuses on the regulation of medicine, biotechnology, and biomedical research, and associated ethical issues. Her legal scholarship has appeared in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics and the Boston University International Law Journal, and her bioethics scholarship has appeared in Academic Medicine, Patient Education and Counseling, Stem Cells, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Before coming to the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Patti was an Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel. In this role, she advised the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and other offices within FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, on various issues including drug safety, human subjects protection, access to investigational drugs, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drug advertising and promotion, and incentives for developing antibiotics.

Patti graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she served as an articles editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review and as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. She also received a B.A. in Psychology, with distinction and departmental honors, from Stanford University, where she played on the varsity lacrosse team.

In addition to her legal experience, Patti has several years of experience in bioethics. While in law school, she spent a semester at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health conducting research on access to investigational drugs. Before attending law school, she worked as a research assistant at the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), focusing on ethical issues in human embryonic stem cell research and physician-patient communication. At UCSF, she also served as the Coordinator of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics.




Lecturer in Law