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Deborah Farringer

Debbie Farringer

Deborah Farringer is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law; she also serves as the Director of Health Law Studies. She has taught a variety of courses including Health Law, Health Care Business and Finance, Contracts & Sales, Business Associations, Health Law Fraud and Abuse, Bioethics, and Mental Health Law. Her scholarship explores the operation and impact of health laws and health policy on providers and suppliers, with a special emphasis on the unique challenges facing the health care industry in the area of cybersecurity. Deborah Farringer has been published in Brooklyn Law ReviewNevada Law Review, and Seattle University Law Review, among others. She also serves as the faculty supervisor for the Belmont Health Law Journal and is the coach of the health law transactions moot court team. She currently serves as a board member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Justice Center, a nonprofit law firm that assists individuals with health access issues.

Prior to joining the College of Law, Deborah Farringer served as Senior Associate General Counsel for Vanderbilt University, focusing on matters for Vanderbilt Medical Center. Prior to that, she was an associate at the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC. Deborah Farringer graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for Judge H. Emory Widener, Jr. on the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Areas of expertise: Healthcare law, biomedical ethics, contracts 



Deborah Farringer, Medicaid Expansion Expectations, 124 W.V. L. Rev. 821 (2022).SSRN

Deborah Farringer, A Telehealth Explosion: Using Lessons from the Pandemic to Shape the Future of Telehealth Regulation, 9 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 1 (2021).SSRN

Deborah Farringer, From Guns That Do Not Shoot to Foreign Staplers: Has the Supreme Court's Materiality Standard Under Escobar Provided Clarity for the Health Care Industry About Fraud Under the False Claims Act? 83 Brook. L. Rev. 1227 (2018). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, The Computer Made Me Do It: Is There a Future for False Claims Act Liability Against Electronic Health Record Vendors? 18 Nev. L. J. (2018). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Cybersecurity Report Identifies Unique Challenges to Tackling Cybersecurity in Health Care, 11 J. Health & Life Sci. L. 117 (2017). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Send Us the Bitcoin or Patients Will Die: Addressing the Risks of Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals, 40 Seattle U. L. Rev. 937 (2017). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer & Ted Lotchin, Academic Medical Centers (Chapter 31), Representing Hospitals and Health Systems, American Health Lawyers Ass’n (2016).

Deborah Farringer, Everything Old is New Again: Will Narrow Networks Succeed Where HMOs Failed? 34 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 299 (2016). | SSRN

Deborah Farringer, Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize:  Examining Minnesota as a Means for Assuring Achievement of the “Triple Aim” under the ACA, 38 Hamline L. Rev. 177 (2015). | SSRN

Deborah R. Farringer & Thomas Bartrum, They’re Back!  The Rise of the Narrow Network in Health Care Exchanges and How it May Impact Academic Medical Centers, AHLA Connections (Jan. 2015).

Deborah R. Farringer & Cynthia Reisz, Co-author of Disease Management:  The Emergence and Evolution of an Industry, Health Law Handbook (2005 Edition).

The New Face of Creationism: The Establishment Clause and the Latest Efforts to Suppress Evolution in Public Schools, 54 Vand. L. Rev. 2555 (Nov. 2001) (published under Deborah A. Reule). | SSRN