Sallie Thieme Sanford

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services
  • Associate Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-4245

Sallie Sanford


B.A. 1986 Brown University J.D. 1991 University of California, Los Angeles

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Health Law — Affordable Care Act — Public Health Law — Global Health — Bioethics

Recent Courses

LAW H 501 Fundamentals Of Health Law

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 teaches health law courses in both schools. 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. 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. Professor Sanford's recent articles include: Monitoring HIV and Aids Related Policy Reforms: A Road Map to Strengthen Policy Monitoring and Implementation in PEPFAR Partner Countries, PLOS One 11 (2016) (co-authored); 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).

Several shorter articles on health law-related topics appear in the on-line journal Jurist. These include: Health Care's Fraternal Twins at 50: The Birth and Development of Medicare and Medicaid, Jurist, Nov. 1, 2015; King v. Burwell: ACA Destruction Denied, ACA Expansion Enabled, Jurist, Oct. 28, 2015; Unexpected Twists in the Affordable Care Act Decision, Jurist, July 13, 2012; and Understanding the Health Care Reform Litigation, Jurist, February 16, 2012.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • J. Stuart Showalter & Sallie Thieme Sanford, The Law of Healthcare Administration (10th ed., Health Admin. Press, forthcoming 2023).

Book Chapters

  • Sallie Thieme Sanford & Lisa A. Vincler, Academic Freedom and Proprietary Information, in The IACUC Handbook 365-84 (Jerald Silverman, Mark A. Suckow & Sreekant Murthy eds., CRC Press 2000).

Professional Publications

  • Speaker, "The A.C.A. in D.C., P.D.Q.", Annual Program, University of Washington Master of Health Administration (May 1, 2019)
  • Speaker, "What's the Status of Payment Reform?", 2019 Spring Event: The State of Health Care Payment Reform, University of Washington Master of Health Administration Program and the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum (May 1, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Nobody Knew How Complicated: Constraining the President’s Power to (Re)Shape Health Reform", American Journal of Law & Medicine 2019 Symposium on The Crisis in Democracy: Non-Legislative Efforts to Change Health Law, (January 25, 2019)
  • Panelist, "Court Cases That Might Shake Up Healthcare", State of Reform Washington, (January 10, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Women in Health Care Leadership", Continuing Education Program, University of Washington Master of Health Administration (May 7, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Strategies to Manage Population Health", State of Reform Washington, (January 4, 2018)
  • Speaker, "The Affordable Care Act: What Now? What Next?", University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (December 1, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Presidential Power and the Future of Healthcare Reform", Presidential Power and the Law, Women's University Club of Seattle (November 29, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Can He Do That? The President’s Role in Shaping Health Reform", Prism Lecture, University of Washington School of Public Health (November 16, 2017)
  • Panelist, "The Current State of the ACA and Healthcare", Seattle University School of Law and King County Medical Association (April 21, 2017)
  • Moderator and panelist, "The Future of the Affordable Care Act", University of Washington (March 10, 2017)
  • Speaker, "The Road Ahead", Goldmark Award Luncheon, Legal Foundation of Washington (February 17, 2017)
  • Panelist, Presidential Power in 2017, University of Washington School of Law and Town Hall (February 1, 2017)
  • Moderator and panelist, "The Impact of a Trump Presidency on Health Reform", State of Reform Conference, (January 7, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Election 2016: The Legal Horizon", University of Washington School of Law (November 18, 2016)