Brian Santo

Adjunct Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Health Administration and Public Health


M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
J.D., Juris Doctor, Duquesne University, 2008
B.S., Business Administration, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2003
Bio and Expertise

Brian Santo serves as an adjunct professor in the MHA program. Mr. Santo possesses over a decade of in-house counsel, people leadership and client management experience, including subject matter expertise in contracting, data licensing, data privacy, human resource issues and corporate compliance programs. He is a member of the Office of General Counsel with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), serving as the firm's Associate General Counsel and Compliance Manager. Mr. Santo maintains responsibility for evaluating complex legal issues across multiple areas of law, providing risk management advice. He leads the Office of General Counsel in preparation and negotiation of all government and commercial contracts and data licenses, maintain responsibility for managing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the corporate compliance program and assists the General Counsel in being a liaison to the Board of Directors and outside counsel.

Prior to his time at NCQA, Mr. Santo worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leveraged his legal background to develop and negotiate all government and commercial contracts. His unique set of legal, health policy, general business and people leadership acumen allowed him to serve multiple roles for the firm.

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Santo was drafted and played professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Mr. Santo earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from Duquesne University and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Compliance and Ethics (CCEP), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) certifications. He has authored numerous articles for nationally recognized entities and associated publications such as the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and Healthcare Compliance Association.

Health Care Law and Ethics
Medical and Regulatory Compliance
Corporate Compliance and Risk Management
Government Contract Law
Intellectual Property Law
Human Resource Law


Selected Publications

Santo, Brian (2009) "Health Courts: The Effect of the Proposed Facelift to the Current United States Malpractice System on the Defensive Practice of Medicine and Related Healthcare Costs." American Bar Association Health Law eSource (March 2009, Volume 5, Number 7).

Santo, Brian (2010) "The False Claims Act: Analysis of the Recently Expanded Legislation on Qui Tam Actions and Related Impact on Whistleblowers." American Bar Association Health Law eSource (July 2010, Volume 6, PPACA Special Edition for July).

Santo, Brian (2011) "Addressing the Issues: The Effectiveness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Adopting Recommendations to Combat Medicare Fraud and Abuse." American Bar Association Health Law eSource (January 2011, Volume 7, Number 5).

Santo, Brian (2012) "Benefits of Voluntarily Addressing the Red Flags Rule for Health Care Providers." Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today (February 2012, Volume 14, Number 2).

Santo, Brian (2013) "Project Management Methodologies for an Effective Compliance Program." Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today (June 2013, Volume 15, Number 6).

Santo, Brian (2014) "The Mistake and Reality of One-Size-Fits-All Compliance Management." Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today (August 2014, Volume 16, Number 8).

Santo, Brian (2015) "HR's Pivotal Role in a Corporate Compliance Program." Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today (September 2015, Volume 17, Number 9).

Santo, Brian (2017) "Legal holds: Best practices for meeting preservation requirements." Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today (June 2017, Volume 19, Number 6).

Santo, Brian (2019) "Using Workforce Agreements to Protect Your IP and Prevent Termination Problems." Association of Corporate Counsel Docket (September 10, 2019).