Sarah Gordon

Sarah H. Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Sarah Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health where she co-directs the BU Medicaid Policy Lab. She is a health services researcher with expertise in health insurance, access to care, and Medicaid policy. She applies econometric and causal inference-based methods to assess the impacts of state-level health care policies on low-income populations. She has experience merging and analyzing multiple state all payer claims databases and national Medicaid claims to conduct cross-state policy comparisons. She is Principal Investigator of a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health studying the effects of postpartum Medicaid policies on maternal mental health care. She is a faculty advisor of the Medicaid Data Learning Network, a national consortium of Medicaid data users. From 2021-2024, she served as a senior advisor on health policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AcademyHealth and her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and PBS. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research (health economics track) from the Brown University School of Public Health and an MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.


  • Brown University, PhD Field of Study: Health Economics
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • New York University, BA Field of Study: Psychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM755
  • SPHPM834


  • Published on 12/20/2023

    Safon CB, McCloskey L, Gordon SH, Cole MB, Clark J. Medicaid Reimbursement for Doula Care: Policy Considerations From a Scoping Review. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 Dec 20; 10775587231215221. PMID: 38124279.

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  • Published on 10/3/2023

    Gordon SH, Cole MB, Huberfeld N. Georgia Pathways-Partial Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements and Premiums. JAMA. 2023 Oct 03; 330(13):1225-1226. PMID: 37713204.

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  • Published on 9/28/2023

    Auty SG, Daw JR, Admon LK, Gordon SH. Comparing approaches to identify live births using the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System. Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb; 59(1):e14233. PMID: 37771156.

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  • Published on 7/31/2023

    Price ME, Gordon S, Emmitt C, Ndugga N, Kabdiyeva A, Mull H, Pizer S, Garrido MM. Growth of community-based immunotherapy treatment in the Veterans Health Administration. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep; 12(17):18110-18119. PMID: 37519258.

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  • Published on 6/21/2023

    Gordon SH, McConnell KJ, Schpero WL. Commonwealth Fund Blog. Informing Medicaid policy through better, more usable claims data. 2023.

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  • Published on 5/15/2023

    Gordon SH, Johnson A, Kennedy S, McConnell K, Schpero W. . AcademyHealth. Catalyzing Medicaid policy research with T-MSIS Analytic Files (TAF): Learnings from year 1 of the Medicaid Data Learning Network. 2023.

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  • Published on 5/4/2023

    Daw JR, Auty SG, Admon LK, Gordon SH. Using Modernized Medicaid Data to Advance Evidence-Based Improvements in Maternal Health. Am J Public Health. 2023 Jul; 113(7):805-810. PMID: 37141557.

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  • Published on 4/5/2023

    Admon LK, Auty SG, Daw JR, Kozhimannil KB, Declercq ER, Wang N, Gordon SH. State Variation in Severe Maternal Morbidity Among Individuals With Medicaid Insurance. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 May 01; 141(5):877-885. PMID: 37023459.

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  • Published on 12/25/2022

    Mull HJ, Kabdiyeva A, Ndugga N, Gordon SH, Garrido MM, Pizer SD. What is the role of selection bias in quality comparisons between the Veterans Health Administration and community care? Example of elective hernia surgery. Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun; 58(3):654-662. PMID: 36477645.

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  • Published on 8/30/2022

    Vanneman ME, Rosen AK, Wagner TH, Shwartz M, Gordon SH, Greenberg G, Zheng T, Cook J, Beilstein-Wedel E, Greene T, Kelley AT. Differences Between VHA-Delivered and VHA-Purchased Behavioral Health Care in Service and Patient Characteristics. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Feb 01; 74(2):148-157. PMID: 36039555.

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