Joel Teitelbaum is Professor of public health and law at the George Washington University. He serves as co-Director 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. For 11 years he served as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management.
Professor Teitelbaum’s teaching and research focuses on the various intersections among health law, civil rights, population health, health disparities, and social/economic/political determinants of health. He is co-author of both Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Fourth Edition (2020) and Essentials of Health Justice (2019). 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 member of the Health & Human Rights Initiative.