Associate, Healthcare Practice Group
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
700 Milam Street, Suite 1400
Houston TX 77002
Kimberly Gordy graduated with a M.A. in Medical Humanities December 19, 2012. The title of her publication in lieu of thesis is “The 9/11 Cancer Conundrum: The Law, Policy, and Politics of the Zadroga Act.” The article has been accepted for publication in The Seton Hall Legislative Journal. Her committee members were: Laura Hermer, J.D., LLM (Chair), Jerome Crowder, Ph.D., Cara Geary, M.D., Ph.D., and William J. Winslade, Ph.D., J.D., Ph.D.
Summary of Ms. Gordy’s Research:
This Article offers the first in-depth analysis of The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The World Trade Center Health Program provides first responders and survivors with medical treatment for health conditions associated with the toxic exposure at Ground Zero. At the time of publication, the Act does not cover the one condition first responders are developing at an alarmingly high rate – cancer. My research first clarifies the mechanics of the toxic exposure at Ground Zero and discusses the latent-disease development in 9/11 responders and survivors. It then outlines the political process leading to the Zadroga Act’s passage, provides an overview of the WTC Health Program, and examines the process for including a new health condition under the statute. My research concludes that, at a minimum, some form of cancer coverage must be included under the WTC Health Program’s umbrella of conditions.