Liz Ghandakly

MBE Student

I grew up in Toledo, OH and attended The Ohio State University where I studied Economics, Political Science and Arabic. As part of my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at the University of Damascus in Syria in 2005, during which I travelled extensively throughout the Middle East. After college I obtained a joint JD/Masters in Public Policy Administration, also from Ohio State. Since 2009, I have worked as a corporate attorney focusing on public sector technology contract negotiation, ethics and compliance, privacy and security law, analytics, and government regulation.

Since starting my legal practice, I have gradually found my way to the fields of public health and medical ethics. I was appointed a Commissioner on the City of Alexandria’s Public Health Advisory Commission and on the Volunteer Services Advisory Council at Children’s National. I have also done Evidence Based Toxicology research work with Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (“CAAT”) and plan to start medical school in the fall of 2018. I hope to work and research in the intersection of law, policy, and medicine, with focus on end of life decisions, global access to healthcare, and ethical domestic healthcare policy.

Research Interests

  • End of life decisions
  • Global access to healthcare
  • Ethical domestic healthcare policy


  • B.A., Economics, Political Science, and Arabic, Ohio State University
  • Joint JD/Masters in Public Policy Administration, Ohio State University