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Zabawa bridges gap of medical and legal communities

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The well-being of the State Bar’s Health Law Section has improved during the past few years thanks to the nurturing of past chairperson Barbara Zabawa.

An associate at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC since 2007, Zabawa, 40, recently wrapped up a two-year term as section chair. She helped bridge the gap between the medical and legal communities by helping develop a joint professional education program for lawyers and physicians.

“It was a unique experience putting on a program that would be attractive to physicians and other health care providers, as well as lawyers who practice in those areas,” she said.

Zabawa chairs her firm’s health law section. Her practice involves a mixture of health care compliance and business litigation.

Prior to going into law, she earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

While focusing on health management and policy, a professor encouraged her to consider law school “because it would open more opportunities in the health policy world,” Zabawa said.

That recommendation proved prophetic. Zabawa has been involved with several legislative and administrative committees focusing on health reform. She has proven herself to be a health care leader through her legal practice, outside professional efforts and legislative activities.

— Tony Anderson

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