Health law and policy expert named chief of staff of Commonwealth Medicine

February 25, 2015

Health law and policy expert Kimberly A. Haddad, JD, MPH, has been named chief of staff of UMass Medical School’s public service consulting and operations division, Commonwealth Medicine.

“A revered and accomplished attorney with vast experience in health care law and policy, Ms. Haddad has the perfect blend of skills for this high-profile position. Her background, training and experience give her a unique perspective we are sure to benefit from at Commonwealth Medicine,” said Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine.

Haddad has an extensive background in health policy. Before joining Commonwealth Medicine, she served as both director of health care policy and deputy general counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. In that role, she advised the secretary of administration and finance about health policy and legal matters concerning state and federal health reform, sustainable budgeting and health care issues.

From 2009 to 2012, Haddad served as general counsel and health policy advisor to state Sen. Richard T. Moore.  During that time, she played a large role in assisting Moore with the drafting of health care cost containment legislation that would become law in August 2012 and be known as Chapter 224.

Haddad, who is fluent in Spanish, received her J.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. degree in political science and a minor in economics. She was a student in the pre-med program.