Robert A Sinkin

Robert A Sinkin, MD, MPH

Primary Location:
University Hospital

1215 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Pediatrics; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Research Interests:

Surfactant therapy, perinatal-neonatal regionalization, neonatal neurodevelopmental and health outcomes, neonatal transport medicine, global maternal-child health

Clinical Practice:
Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN), Neonatal Care (NICU)


Charles I. Fuller Chair Professor of Neonatology

Robert A. Sinkin, MD, MPH, FAAP, FATS, is the head of the UVA Division of Neonatology and vice chair for academic affairs for the UVA Department of Pediatrics. He came to the University of Virginia from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, in 2006.

Sinkin completed his fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal pediatrics at University of Rochester and then joined the faculty, advancing to professor of pediatrics. He also served as the medical director of the NICU at the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the department chair of pediatrics at Park Ridge Hospital, a community hospital in Rochester.

His clinical and research interests include pulmonary scarring as typified in the lungs of babies with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic, fibrotic, emphysematous lung disease of babies and infants. He is an active participant in neonatology clinical trials group whose goal is to conduct investigations aimed at reducing the morbidity associated with the respiratory distress syndromes of premature and term babies, including pharmacologic intervention (the use of medication) and ventilatory strategies to reduce BPD.

Sinkin is also involved in efforts to critically assess neonatal care delivery and determine the cost-benefit of neonatal interventions within Virginia. He is a member of a community action team (a partnership of local health care facilities, providers, home visiting programs and children's coalitions) focusing on improving pregnancy outcomes, and is a member of Virginia's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Steering Committee.

In addition, Sinkin is a recipient of the recently funded National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) award to UVA and its collaborator at the International Centre for Diarrhoea Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). The UVA team serves as a Unit of the Global Network for Women & Children's Health Clinical Research, which supports and conducts clinical trials in resource-limited countries by pairing foreign and U.S. investigators. The goal is to evaluate low-cost, sustainable interventions to improve maternal and child health and simultaneously build local research capacity and infrastructure. These activities are designed to facilitate independent continuation of local research activities that will ultimately lead to improved healthcare systems and personal health.

Sinkin is married to a retired developmental-behavioral pediatrician who has found a second career in community theater and volunteer work. The couple has five children scattered across the country and four grandchildren. Sinkin is a racquetball enthusiast and enjoys eating, exercising and family focused activities.

  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Third Place, Neonatology
  • 2018, 2019 Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • 2017, 2018 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Neonatology
  • 2015-2020 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 2015, 2016 Bedside Manner Award, Our Health Magazine; Second place
  • 2011-2012, 2009-2010, 2007-2008, 2005-2006, 2003-2004, 1998-1999 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2004-2005 (Consumers' Research Council of America), Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019 Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 2006 Community Champion Perinatal Network of Monroe County


University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1980
Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Oakland
Neonatology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry