Sheela Ranganathan is an associate with the Health Policy and the Law Initiative.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Ranganathan worked as a healthcare regulatory associate at a leading international law firm. In that role, she advised health systems, Medicare Advantage organizations, community health clinics, and other healthcare entities on a range of matters including drafting administrative appeals briefs for regulator hearings; researching the impact of post-Dobbs litigation; architecting and drafting legal strategies for litigation against federal agencies; and conducting state-by-state reviews to ensure compliance with state statutes, regulations, professional board standards and judicial opinions.

At the University of Texas School of Law, she served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, co-founded the Texas Health Law Society, and was inducted to the Friar Society, the oldest honor society at the University of Texas at Austin. She also served as a research editor for the Texas International Law Journal, a staff editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, and a dean’s fellow. In addition, Ranganathan was a research assistant for Professors Elizabeth Sepper, Michelle Deitch, Shavonne Henderson, and Kevin Haynes, and participated in the Supreme Court Clinic and the Capital Punishment Clinic. She also interned with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the ACLU Disability Rights Program, and Hartford HealthCare.

Ranganathan received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She received her B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

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