Jeanne Lambrew

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Jeanne Lambrew
Jeanne Lambrew, April 2014. (cropped).jpg
Deputy Director, Office of Health Reform
In office
January 20, 2009 – 2011
President Barack Obama
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Amherst College
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Occupation Professor of public affairs and health policy

Jeanne Lambrew is a United States professor of public affairs and health policy. She served in the Obama administration as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Health Reform.


Lambrew earned a master's and a Ph.D. in Health Policy at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her bachelor's degree came from Amherst College.


Barack Obama, Tom Daschle, and Jeanne Lambrew.

Jeanne Lambrew was named on May 11, 2009, by newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the position of director at The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Health Reform.[1]

Lambrew has been a leading health expert alternately in academic and government. Her research interests include the uninsured, long-term care, Medicaid and Medicare. From 1997 to 2001, she helped analyze health issues and develop proposals as a program associate director at the Office of Management and Budget and as the senior health analyst at the National Economic Council.

She began as an assistant professor at Georgetown University. She moved to the Department of Health and Human Services during the 1993–94 push for health care legislation, and she went on to coordinate budget proposal analysis in 1995. She later worked at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services as an associate professor. She moved to the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, where she has been an associate professor of public affairs. She has also served as a senior fellow at Center for American Progress,[2] and she cowrote a book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Healthcare Crisis, with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

At a press conference on December 11, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Lambrew would serve as deputy director of a newly created White House Office of Health Care Reform under Tom Daschle, who was also designated to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.[3] Due to Tom Daschle withdrawing from both positions over tax issues, Nancy-Ann Min DeParle was appointed director. Under an executive order on April 11, 2009, Lambrew was subsequently appointed the director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Health Reform, led by Kathleen Sebelius. The Department's Office of Health Reform will work closely with the White House Office of Health Reform, headed by Nancy-Ann DeParle.[4]


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