Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., is Professor Emerita, Health Law and Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.  Prior to her retirement, she was the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy. She also holds professorships in GW’s Law and Medical Schools and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.  

Professor Rosenbaum has devoted her career to health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability, or cultural exclusion.   An honored teacher and scholar, a 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 work, providing public service to six Presidential Administrations and twenty-one Congresses.  She is best known for her scholarship and advocacy on health care for the poor, civil rights, and national health reform. 

Professor Rosenbaum worked for President Clinton, where she directed the drafting of the Health Security Act and designed the Medicaid’s Vaccines for Children program. Professor Rosenbaum also advises states, foundations and others on health policy and has served as a testifying expert in landmark litigation to enforce children’s rights under Medicaid.

A prolific writer, Professor Rosenbaum is the lead author of Law and the American Health Care System, 2d ed. (Foundation Press, 2012), which provides an in-depth exploration of the interaction between law and health care.  

A recipient of numerous awards, Professor Rosenbaum is a past Chair of AcademyHealth and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also has served on CDC’s Director’s Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Professor Rosenbaum was a founding Commissioner of Congress’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and served as its Chair from January 2016 through April 2017.


Authored by Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.