Mehrnaz Hadian, a 2006 alumna of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program, earned the first Bioscience Industry Law and Practice Certificate from the Keck Graduate Institute and Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. Hadian, who is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and who is also an intensivist working for Critical Care Intensivist Service at Saperstein Critical Care Tower, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has been pursuing her law education at Southwestern Law School since 2012. In discussing how she juggled the responsibilities of being an intensivist with pursuing law school, Hadian explained that because she works exclusively in ICUs, that "gives me some flexibility to work more at night and weekends to clear my days for classes. It wasn't always easy, but if you plan in advance, you can make it work."
Hadian says that “My goal is to combine my medical expertise in critical care medicine with my legal education to improve delivery of the ICU standard of care as well as ICU education and training nationally and internationally. Having a knowledge and understanding of how the system works from the business and regulatory points of view can help me figure out how to advocate for the right kinds of policies that can be implemented and sustainable. My goal is to find a balance between my passions as a clinician, an educator, and a medical and legal consultant in the health care system to help government, academic institutions and the bioscience industry find ways to cooperate and coordinate care."