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Deputy General Counsel for Research and Medicine

Susan Stayn

Susan Stayn is Deputy General Counsel for Research and Medicine at Stanford University.  She supports the research, health care, and education missions of Stanford Medicine and Stanford University.  She also serves on their joint Executive Privacy Governance Council.  Before joining Stanford, Ms. Stayn served as senior counsel at Harvard-affiliated Mass General Brigham, practiced with an international law firm, and worked in patient advocacy. 

Ms. Stayn was appointed by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Secretary's Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (2010-16).  She serves as a longstanding member of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subcommittee on Harmonization.  She previously taught a research course at UC Berkeley School of Law and has lectured for programs of the American Health Lawyers Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research.  She published a chapter of a treatise and articles in the research and health care fields.

Ms. Stayn received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.  Following graduation, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell.