Full Name

Sara Van Geertruyden

Professional Title

Executive Director

Organizational Name

Partnership to Improve Patient Care

Organization Website


Sara van Geertruyden is Executive Director of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care and is among the leading voices for how patient-centeredness should shape the future of payment reform. Ms. Van Geertruyden also serves as Partner at Thorn Run Partners. She began her career on Capitol Hill, working for former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) from 1996-2003, first as a projects assistant handling Congressional appropriations and advising constituents on the federal grant process, and ultimately spending over three years as a legislative assistant overseeing Senate Finance Committee issues for health and welfare. In 2003, she joined the law firm Patton Boggs where she practiced in the public policy group handling regulatory and legislative issues related to health care, welfare, and appropriations. Her scope of work in health policy combines expertise in working with the Medicaid Payment Advisory Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Administration on Aging, and the Food and Drug Administration. She has a strong reputation on both sides of the political spectrum, having staffed Senator Breaux in his efforts to pass legislation that he championed with former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) to modernize the Medicare program, and in his efforts to raise bipartisan ideas for health reform and T.A.N.F. reauthorization. Ms. Van Geertruyden received her bachelors degree from Wake Forest University and earned her juris doctor at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law.