Julie Agris is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in Health Professions and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Agris is the director of the Master of Health Administration program and teaches health law, ethics, and health policy. In addition, she serves as the co-lead of the Continuum of Care Curriculum Design Team at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Prior to her appointment at Hofstra, Dr. Agris served as corporate compliance director and privacy officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. She served in this capacity for North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Cohen Children’s Hospital and Zucker Hillside Hospital. Dr. Agris has published and presented in the areas of health, law and policy, and she brings broad experience in these areas to Hofstra University.
Dr. Agris began her career leading the health law division of a private law firm, in which she was responsible for all aspects of civil litigation. She subsequently became legislative counsel to the Vermont General Assembly health care committees, where she provided legal counsel to legislators on a nonpartisan basis. During her tenure with the Legislature, she was selected to pursue a Ph.D. as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Training Fellow. Her doctoral dissertation concentrated on aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). After serving as a legal intern at the White House, the Supreme Court on behalf of CBS Evening News, and the U.S. Department of Justice, her career progressed from state to federal government as a health care attorney for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she provided legal counsel to several of the Department’s programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. She also served as a technical authority on matters related to HIPAA and was selected to receive a prestigious Special Act Award for her work at CMS. Dr. Agris subsequently served as assistant general counsel to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and vice president, general counsel, and corporate compliance officer to Vantage Holding Company, LLC, a large consortium of hospitals partnering in shared health care services. She was responsible for providing legal and compliance counsel to the board of directors, senior management, and employees. In addition, she educated students in health policy and social policy as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University, The Behrend College.
Dr. Agris earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University; LL.M. from the Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; and Ph.D. in health policy from the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University; and she graduated, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.