Professor Tara Sklar is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law, and she also serves as the Faculty Senior Advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program and at Innovations in Healthy Aging with University of Arizona Health Sciences. Her teaching and scholarly research spans aging law & policy, bioethics, health technology, professional responsibility, and public health law. Her research has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and American Journal of Law & Medicine, among others. She is regularly featured in national media outlets Axios, Bloomberg Law, NPR, PBS, and contributes to The Conversation and the Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health.
Professor Sklar launched and oversees four multidisciplinary, online Graduate Certificates in Health Law and a Master of Legal Studies Health Law & Policy Concentration, which are composed of over 40 courses in Aging Law & Policy; Health Information Privacy, Compliance, & Data Security; Health Law for Health Professionals; and Regulatory Science. Sklar leads numerous collaborations that contribute to this coursework with the Critical Path Institute, Drug Information Association, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, and other leading global companies, along with seven University of Arizona Colleges across Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, and Science.
Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private donors. In 2021 and 2020, she received two awards from the University of Arizona, including to conduct a qualitative research project with the Hispanic Serving Institution and the Provost Investment Fund to support executive and professional education at Arizona Law. Sklar has also been recognized for her teaching and research by the University of Melbourne in Australia with a Teaching Excellence in Innovation Award and a half-million dollar grant to launch the Aging Research Hallmark Initiative.
Professor Sklar serves on advisory boards for the Center for Telehealth and E-Health Law, the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research and on the Arizona Bioethics Network. In addition, she is a member of Banner Health and University of Arizona Bioethics Committee, the University Arizona Health Sciences Healthy Aging Strategic Initiative, and Arizona Online’s Faculty Advisory Committee.
Prior to her current role, Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne, where she established the first online Master of Aging degree across eight colleges and created an Industry Network Aging Advisory Board composed of over 200 organizations across Australia and Asia. In collaboration with Coursera, she designed and led a Massive Open Online Course that registered over 25,000 students called Rethinking Aging: Are We Prepared to Live Longer? Sklar has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Food and Drug Administration, on a range of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University and has a dual degree Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health from the University of Houston and the University of Texas.