Sallie Thieme Sanford is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, with an adjunct appointment in the University of Washington School of Public Health. She received her B.A. with honors from Brown University and her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Professor Sanford began her legal career as a law clerk for The Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the UW's health sciences schools and research centers. Professor Sanford has been active on the board of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, including service as its president.
Her research interests focus on Affordable Care Act implementation, health care delivery systems, health administration law, Medicare and Medicaid, comparative health law, and medical and administrative ethics. Her most recently published academic articles include: Mind the Gap: Basic Health Along the ACA's Coverage Continuum, 17 Md. J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 101 (2014); The Struggle to Bury Pre-Existing Condition Consideration, 7 St. Louis J. Health L. & Pol'y 405 (2014); Emergency Response: A Systemic Approach to Diaper Rash, Chest Pain and Medicaid in the Emergency Department, 102 KY. L.J. 441 (2014); Designing Model Homes for the Changing Medical Neighborhood: A Multi-Payer Pilot Offers Lessons for ACO and PCMH Construction, 42 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1519 (2012); and Teaching Health Law in Rural Ethiopia: Using a PEPFAR Partnership Framework and India's Shanbaug Decision to Shape a Course, 9 Ind. Health L. Rev. 485 (2012).
She has also written several short articles aimed at a lay audience, including Unexpected Twists in the Affordable Care Act Decision, Jurist, July 13, 2012; and Understanding the Health Care Reform Litigation, Jurist, February 16, 2012.