Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Sara Rosenbaum was appointed a member of the board of the RCHN Community Health Foundation in 2005. She is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy at Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. She also holds a Professorship by Courtesy in the GW Law School and is a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Professor Rosenbaum began her career as a legal services attorney and has focused on issues of health law and policy affecting low income, minority and underserved populations. Professor Rosenbaum worked for the White House Domestic Policy Council from 1993 to 1994, where she directed the drafting of the Health Security Act for President Clinton and oversaw the development of the Vaccines for Children program.

Professor Rosenbaum serves on numerous national organizational and editorial boards and is an advisor to many governmental and private sector health policy initiatives, including the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is past Chair of both Academy Health and the National Academy for State Health Policy. Professor Rosenbaum is co-author of Law and the American Health Care System, a widely used health law textbook.

Named one of America’s 500 most influential health policymakers, Professor Rosenbaum has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for distinguished national service on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries. She has been the recipient of the Hansen Leadership award from the University of Iowa and the Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Professor Rosenbaum received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and J.D. from Boston University Law School.