Joel Teitelbaum JD, LLM



Joel Teitelbaum is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Law in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Law at the George Washington University. He also serves as co-Principal Investigator of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership and as Director of GW’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, which fosters an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health law, health policy, health care, and public health through educational and research opportunities for law students, health professions students, and practicing lawyers.

Professor Teitelbaum’s teaching and research focuses on the various intersections among health law, civil rights, population health, health disparities, and social determinants of health. He is the lead author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law (Third Edition, 2017), co-author of Essentials of Health Justice (2019), and he has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles, reports, book chapters, policy briefs, and blogs on topics as diverse as health care civil rights, Medical-Legal Partnership, insurance law, health reform implementation, and behavioral health care quality. Professor Teitelbaum has lectured at many leading universities and national conferences and has directed research projects for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the D.C. Department of Health, the Commonwealth Fund, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Center for Health Care Strategies, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  In addition, Professor Teitelbaum was co-recipient of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, which he used to explore the creation of a new framework for applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the modern health care system.

Near the end of President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (i.e., Healthy People 2030). He also serves as Special Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services and as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization.