Tara Sklar

Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program

Professor Tara Sklar is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law. She also holds appointments as Faculty Senior Advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson, and at Innovations in Healthy Aging with the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Professor Sklar’s scholarly research examines legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse aging population, with a focus on the integration of health technology. Her work 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 also frequently presents her research around the world, including to professional associations, at industry conferences, to regulators, and at universities. Her commentary is often featured in national media outlets, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg Law, Axios, NPR, PBS, and The Conversation.

At Arizona Law, Professor Sklar launched and oversees a portfolio of over 35 online, multidisciplinary Health Law & Policy courses developed in collaboration across seven UA Colleges and with international companies. She teaches courses on: Aging Law & Policy, Advanced Health Law Research, and frequently guest lectures on health law topics. She is a peer reviewer for the top legal and medical publications in the world, including Oxford and Cambridge University Presses, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, and Journal of Law & Biosciences.

Prior to her current role, Professor Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne where she established the first online Master of Aging degree across nine colleges and a global Industry Network in Aging comprised of 200 organizations. Professor Sklar has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, on a diverse range of issues from charity care and medical debt to human subjects research, and end-of-life care. She has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, private donors, and from university-wide awards at both the University of Melbourne and the University of Arizona.


Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Justice Ginsburg’s Health Law Jurisprudence: Equity is Inextricably Linked to Health Care, in The Jurisprudential Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Bartow & Ryan Vacca, eds., New York University Press (forthcoming 2022) (co-author, with Kirin Goff). 
  • The Return of Typhoid Mary? Immigrant Workers in Nursing Homes, 1 J. Elder Pol’y 3 (2021) (co-author, with Shefali Milczarek-Desai)
  • The Research Exemption Carve Out: Understanding Research Participants Rights Under GDPR and U.S. Data Privacy Laws, 60 Jurimetrics 1 (2020) (co-author, with Mabel Crescioni)
  • Affordability Boards: The States’ New Fix for Drug Pricing, 381 New Engl. J. Med. 1301 (2019) (co-author, with Christopher Robertson)
  • Elderly Gun Ownership and the Wave of State Red Flag Laws: An Unintended Consequence That Could Help Many, 27 Elder L.J. 1 (2019)
  • Characteristics of Lawyers who are Subject to Complaints and Misconduct Findings, 17 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 2 (2019) (co-author, with Yamna Taouk, et al.)
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center
  • M.P.H. University of Texas Health Sciences Center
  • B.A. Tulane University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
    James E Rogers College of Law
    2018 - 2019
  • Fellow in Law and Public Health Group
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2016 - 2018
  • Director of Aging Programs
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2013 - 2016
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Management and Policy
    School of Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
    2011 - 2013
  • Director of Access and Community Health
    Carondelet Health Network
    2008 - 2010