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Irwin Birnbaum

Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine

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Irwin Birnbaum


Irwin Birnbaum was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Yale University’s School of Medicine from July 1, 1997 until June 30, 2003. As COO, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Medical School. He then served as a Senior Advisor to the Dean until his retirement on June 30, 2005. Since then, Mr. Birnbaum has served as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine and Senior Advisor to the Program. Prior to coming to Yale, Mr. Birnbaum practiced Health Care Law as a partner in the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP for 11 years (1986-1997), and for 23 years (1963-1986) he was at Montefiore Medical Center where he was the Chief Financial Officer. He is a board member of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York since 1989; and has been on the Board of South County Healthcare System in Rhode Island, and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island since 2007. He is also the Chairman of the Board of FOJP Services Corporation a Medical Malpractice Insurance carrier. His professional organizations include New York Academy of Medicine (Fellow), Hospital Financial Management Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York City Bar Association. He is the editor of a five volume Treatise on Health Care Law, published by Lexis/Nexis (Matthew Bender). Mr. Birnbaum is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.