Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor and Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program
Department of Health Policy & Management
Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M., is Professor, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and Co-Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. He also carries a faculty appointment in the GW School of Law. He has taught courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, and minority health policy. Professor Teitelbaum was the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to receive the University-wide Bender Teaching Award, he has received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and he is a member of the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the School’s Academy of Master Teachers.
He has authored or co-authored dozens of articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, health reform, medical-legal partnership, and insurance law and policy, and he is the co-author of both Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Fourth Edition (2020) and Essentials of Health Justice (2019). He has directed many health law and policy research projects, including as co-recipient of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and he has been invited to lecture at dozens of leading universities and national conferences.
Among other organizations, Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health; the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and the Society for American Law Teachers. In 2016, during President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum became the first lawyer named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives (a.k.a. “Healthy People”), the national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over a 10-year span. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization, and on multiple committees of the American Bar Association: as a liaison to the Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic, as an advisor to the Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services, and as a board member of the Health & Human Rights Initiative.