Sara Rosenbaum J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy, The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She also holds appointments in the Schools of Law and Medicine and Health Sciences. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston University Law School, Professor Rosenbaum has devoted her career to issues of health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability, or cultural exclusion. An honored teacher and scholar, a highly popular speaker, and a widely-read writer on many aspects of health law and policy, Professor Rosenbaum has emphasized public engagement as a core element of her professional life, providing public service to six Presidential Administrations and seventeen Congresses. She is best known for her work on the expansion of Medicaid, expanding health care access to medically underserved communities through community health centers, civil rights in health care, and national health reform.
Between 1993 and 1994, Professor Rosenbaum worked for President Clinton, where she directed the drafting of the Health Security Act and designed the Vaccines for Children program, which today provides near-universal immunization coverage to low income and medically underserved children. Professor Rosenbaum also regularly advises state governments on health policy and has served as a testifying expert in legal actions involving the rights of children under Medicaid. Professor Rosenbaum is the leading author of Law and the American Health Care System, 2d ed., published by Foundation Press, May, 2012, a landmark textbook that provides an in-depth exploration of the interaction between law and the U.S. health care system. Professor Rosenbaum has received many national awards for her work in public health policy and is a past Chair of AcademyHealth. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Professor Rosenbaum also has served on the CDC Director’s Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). She was a founding Commissioner and Chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and served as its chair from December 2015 through the end of her MACPAC term in April, 2017.