Sarah Hooper, JD is a Professor of Practice at UC Law SF and Executive Director of the UCSF-UC Law Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. In this capacity, she directs the JD Concentration in Health Law & Policy, co-directs the Master of Science in Health Policy & Law Degree (HPL) and serves as the Policy Director of the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors clinic.
Professor Hooper has dedicated her career to developing innovative medical-legal collaborations that can advance equity in health care. She has a special interest in complex care, and in particular the role of law and lawyers in improving systems of care for underserved older individuals with complex medical and social needs.
Her work encompasses clinical interventions such as the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic, research collaborations such as the Care Ecosystem trial, and educational initiatives for providers and the public such as the Statewide Medical-Legal Learning Collaborative of the Dementia Care Aware Initiative, Optimizing Aging Collaborative and PREPARE. She is currently developing a tool to support legal and financial decision making for older patients with cognitive impairment called Clarity. Her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Health Affairs Blog.
Professor Hooper is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in the Fitz Mullan Health Workforce Institute at George Washington University and serves on the Global Fellow Advisory Board for the Atlantic Institute.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D., Law 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Law and Society 2005
University of London Queen Mary
Study Abroad, Law & English 2004
George Washington University School of Public Health
Leader in Health Equity Fellow, Health Equity
How an Interdisciplinary Care Team Reduces Prolonged Admissions Among Older Patients with Complex Needs
NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery 09/2021
Goals of Care Conversations and Subsequent Advance Care Planning Outcomes for People with Dementia
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 08/2021
Advance Care Planning in an Online World: State Law Activity and Challenges Since COVID-19
Bill of Health 08/2021
Improving Medical-Legal Advance Care Planning
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 03/2020
The Medical-Legal Partnership Model: A Focus on Older Adults and Social Determinants of Health
Journal of the American Society on Aging 01/2020
Decision-making capacity and frontal lobe dysfunction
Hooper S and Chiong W (Ed.: Miller B. and Cummings J), The Human Frontal Lobes: Functions and Disorders (3rd ed.) 12/2017
The effects of regulation and litigation on a large for-profit nursing home chain
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 05/2014
The Need for Medical-Legal Dialogue in Care of Older Adults
Improving the Civil Legal Response to Elder Financial Abuse: Making the Law Matter
Institute on Aging Access to Justice Initiative 01/2012
Lost in translation: the unintended consequences of advance directive law on clinical care.
Annals of Internal Medicine 01/2011