Andrew L. Hyams, Partner

Biography:

Andrew L. Hyams specializes in representing health professionals in licensing and disciplinary matters before their respective regulatory boards, and in hospital peer review proceedings.  He has counseled scores of physicians appearing before the Board of Registration in Medicine’s Complaint Committee and Licensing Committee.  Mr. Hyams represented the physician in the 2015 Supreme Judicial Court case reversing 20 years of Board of Medicine practice, establishing that a summary suspension must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence, not just substantial evidence.  Mr. Hyams has obtained favorable outcomes for health professionals facing hospital discipline, including, e.g., reversal of summary suspension, and restoration of clinical privileges by showing the hospital’s violation of its own bylaws.

Mr. Hyams also conducts a general business practice concentrating on contracts and intellectual property. He is chairperson of the Business Law/Employment Law group at KCL.

Mr. Hyams is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York. He was formerly the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where he was the principal drafter of the Patient Care Assessment regulations. He was also a Deputy General Counsel at the Boston Public Health Commission. Attorney Hyams was an Adjunct Lecturer in Law and Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1992 to 2005.

Attorney Hyams has presented at several Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and Massachusetts Bar Association health law programs, and he has lectured for the Federal Judicial Center, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the Administrators in Medicine Society. Mr. Hyams has authored peer-reviewed articles on physician and hospital regulation for Annals of Internal MedicineJournal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; and American Journal of Law and Medicine. He also wrote the Licensure and Discipline chapters for two editions of the American College of Legal Medicine’s publication, Legal Medicine: Legal Dynamics of Medical Encounters.

Attorney Hyams graduated from Amherst College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School. He also earned an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health where he received the annual Samdperil Prize for best research paper in health law. Attorney Hyams resides in Newton with his wife and two sons. He was a Trustee of Temple Sinai in Brookline, from 2002 to 2012.

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