David Orentlicher

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David Orentlicher
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 86th district
In office
Succeeded by Edward DeLaney
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Judy
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation physician, attorney, educator

David Orentlicher is an educator, physician, attorney, and an American politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He also teaches at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He teaches courses in health care law, constitutional law, trusts and estates, and legal ethics, and he serves as an ethics consultant at Methodist, University, and Eskenazi Hospitals. Orentlicher also has held visiting or adjunct teaching positions at Princeton University, the University of Chicago Law School, University of Iowa College of Law, and Northwestern University Medical School.

Life and career[edit]

Orentlicher graduated from Harvard Medical School and then completed an internship in internal medicine. After practicing as a family physician, he returned to Harvard Law School for his Juris Doctor. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he practiced law for two years before joining the American Medical Association, where he served as Ethics and Health Policy Counsel and directed the AMA's division of medical ethics. While there, he drafted the AMA's first ever Patients' Bill of Rights, guidelines for physician investment in health care facilities that were incorporated into federal law, and guidelines on gifts to physicians from industry that have become the industry standard and a standard recognized by the federal government. He helped develop many other positions—on end-of-life matters, organ transplantation, and reproductive issues—that have been cited by courts and government agencies in their decision-making. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution.[1]

A resident of Indianapolis, Orentlicher and his wife Judy have two children, son, Cy, and daughter, Shayna. They belong to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, where the couple have taught religious classes and Orentlicher has served on the board of directors.

Legislative work[edit]

Rep. Orentlicher served in the Indiana House from 2002 to 2008. He represented the 86th House District, which consisted of a northern portion of Indianapolis in Marion County and a small portion of Carmel in Hamilton County.

Committee membership[edit]

Rep. Orentlicher served as Committee Chair for the Small Business & Economic Development Committee and as a member of the Insurance Committee and the Technology, Research, & Development Committee.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Hastings Center Hastings Center Fellows. Accessed November 6, 2010