Professor Sara Rosenbaum Receives Award from National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) honored Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University (GW) at its annual meeting on Oct. 19 for her outstanding service.

Rosenbaum received the Adam Yarmolinsky Medalwhich is awarded to a member from a discipline outside the health and medical sciences--for example from fields such as law and public policy. It recognizes distinguished service by a member who had contributed in multiple ways over a significant period of time to the mission of the NAM.

“I am honored to receive this award from the National Academy of Medicine,” said Rosenbaum, who is the founding chair of the Department of Health Policy at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Rosenbaum is a leading scholar of health law and public health, particularly related to the law governing the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs.  She has advised presidential administrations and Congress on issues ranging from national health reform and financing the health care safety net to child health policy and the application of federal civil rights laws to health care.

Since becoming an NAM member in 2012, Rosenbaum served as a member of the Report Review Committee for six years, chair of the Committee on the Evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income Disability Program for Children with Speech Disorders and Language Disorders, and the Section 11 (social sciences, humanities, and law) chair and vice chair on the NAM Membership Committee. 

Rosenbaum’s significant contributions to the NAM prior to becoming a member include serving on the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Board, Committee on an Oral Health Initiative, Committee on Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan, as well as consensus study committees focused on vaccine and immunization financing and policies and access to health care services. 

Rosenbaum is known for her creativity translating policy into law and discipline in legal analysis and legislative drafting, along with her unwavering commitment to issues of health justice for medically underserved populations, particularly children.

The National Academy of Medicineestablished in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond.