Martha E. “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLM


Martha E. “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLMClinical Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin

J.D. 1983, University of Wisconsin Law School
LL.M. 1993, University of Wisconsin Law School

Martha (Meg) Gaines, JD, LLM, an ovarian cancer survivor, founded the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships ( at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 and serves as the Center's director. The Center trains future professionals of medicine, nursing, law, health systems industrial engineering, pharmacy, and other disciplines in patient advocacy and patient-centered care through a unique program where students provide patient advocacy services to patients with life threatening and serious chronic illnesses. The Center also engages in research related to patient centered care, consumer engagement in health care reorganization and reform, and the patient advocacy field.

Gaines has received numerous awards for her work, including the National American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, the Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Robert Heidman Award for Excellence in Public Service, and the inaugural Health Law Attorney of the Year Award (2010) from the Wisconsin State Bar Association. She has been featured in the New York Times and speaks widely on consumer education and empowerment in health care, and consumer/provider partnership. Publications include An Odyssey of Hope; Alchemy: Medical Mediation at Its Best; and The Social Compact for Advancing Team-Based Care. She is a clinical Professor of Law and teaches courses in Consumer Issues in Health Care and Patient Centered Care. She earned her AB at Vassar College and her JD and LLM from the University of Wisconsin Law School.