Ian Spatz is an Adjunct Lecturer at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He currently teaches courses in health economics and health law in the Master of Health Administration program. He has also taught in the School of Pharmacy. Previously, he taught in the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Milken Institute School of Public Health of the George Washington University.
He is a Senior Advisor to Manatt Health Strategies, LLC, an integrated legal and consulting subsidiary of the law firm ofManatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. In that role, he counsels clients on health reform efforts and issues affecting health care providers and insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and the public.
Ian’s practice areas include national health care policies and programs; pharmaceutical pricing, including as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid; intellectual property protection; and policies related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of the research, approval, manufacturing and marketing of medicines.
Prior to working with Manatt, Ian served 15 years in increasingly responsible positions at Merck & Company Inc. As Merck’s vice president for global health policy, he directed U.S. public policy and related public affairs activities and represented the company before Congress, the White House and the media.
Before joining Merck, Ian served as legislative director for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In that role, he directed the senator’s legislative staff in developing and implementing legislative strategies, proposal drafting and floor action, including coordinating the passage of appropriations bills.
Ian is also the founder and principal of the policy consulting firm Rock Creek Policy Group.