Michael S. Sinha, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Center for Health Law Studies
FDA Law and Policy, Patent Law, Public Health Law
M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA (Law and Public Health
J.D. (cum laude), SIU School of Law, Carbondale, IL (Health Law Concentration), 2012
M.D., SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, 2012
B.A. (cum laude), Biophysical Chemistry (Honors), Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2003
Assistant Professor Michael Sinha has a background in law, medicine, and public health. Prior to coming to SLU LAW, he served in various research and teaching roles at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University School of Law, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Originally from St. Louis, Dr. Sinha completed his undergraduate degree in biophysical chemistry from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before returning to St. Louis to conduct research in medical oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed a combined M.D./J.D. program at Southern Illinois University and trained in internal medicine in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
During his clinical training, Dr. Sinha earned an M.P.H. in Law and Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. While in Boston, he renewed his focus on health law research and scholarship with fellowships at the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science at Harvard Medical School. He continues as Affiliated Faculty at PORTAL and is a Core Partner at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen.
He joined the faculty at SLU LAW in 2022.
Professor Sinha's current research focuses broadly on the intersection of medicine and law, with recent law articles focused on competition and intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry. His areas of expertise are in health law, pharmaceutical policy, and intellectual property. Recent work also relates to gender equity and reproductive justice.
Publications and Media Placements
Medical publications have appeared in NEJM, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Network Open, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Anesthesiology, CHEST, PLOS Medicine, Health Affairs, the American Journal of Public Health, and the American Journal of Bioethics.
Legal scholarship includes articles in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Food and Drug Law Journal, the Journal of Legal Medicine, the American Journal of Law & Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the Hastings Law Journal, the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, and the American University Law Review.
Work has appeared in news outlets including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bloomberg Law, STAT News, POLITICO Prescription Pulse, Newsweek, Medscape Medical News, and RAPS Regulatory Focus.
Professional Organizations and Associations
Professor Sinha is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine. He has been a member of the American Medical Association since 2007 and is a is a member of the Young Physicians Section. Professor Sinha is also a strong advocate for gender equity, founding the American Medical Women’s Association’s Action Coalition for Equity, a group of diverse allies within AMWA committed to working collaboratively to advance opportunities for equity and inclusion in medicine. He also belongs to the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Bar Association.