The scholarship of Dean Hashimoto focuses on the interface of law, science and medicine, especially in the areas of health care policy and the role of scientific evidence in the courtroom. Educated as both an attorney and physician, he teaches torts, environmental litigation, health care law, and evidence. He has also studied the internment of citizens and aliens of Japanese heritage in World War II and written about the constitutional law cases decided in that era. Professor Hashimoto is the faculty director for the Boston College Law School's JD/MPH dual degree program with Tufts School of Medicine.
Professor Hashimoto served as a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and, after graduating from law school, as a law clerk to Justice William Brennan of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. He also practiced as a litigator for the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C. and as a health care attorney for Ropes & Gray in Boston before joining the Boston College faculty.
Professor Hashimoto received his postgraduate medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a board-certified specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and serves as the chief of this specialty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.