Robert A Sinkin

Robert A Sinkin, MD

Call 434.924.0123
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:
Neonatal Care (NICU)

Division Head of Neonatology, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

Professor, Charles I Fuller Chair Professor if Neonatology

Dr. Robert A. Sinkin, MD MPH, FAAP, FATS is the Division Head of Neonatology, as well as the medical director of the NICU and of the Newborn Emergency Transport System. He assumed these positions in 2006 when he came to the University of Virginia from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Sinkin received his fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal pediatrics and then joined the faculty, advancing to Professor of Pediatrics in Rochester. There he served as the medical director of the NICU at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and the department chair of Pediatrics at Park Ridge Hospital, a community hospital in Rochester. His clinical and research interests center on 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 the neonatology clinical trials whose goal is to conduct trials aimed at reducing the morbidity associated with the respiratory distress syndromes of premature and term babies, including pharmacologic intervention and ventilatory strategies to reduce BPD. He is also involved in efforts to critically assess neonatal care provision and determine the cost-benefit of neonatal interventions within Virginia. Dr. Sinkin 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 Outcome" and is a member of Virginia's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Steering Committee.

Dr. Sinkin is a member of the recently funded NICHD award to UVA and its collaborator at icddr,b to serve 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 with the goal of evaluating low-cost, sustainable interventions to improve maternal and child health and simultaneously building local research capacity and infrastructure. These activities are designed to facilitate independent continuation of local research activities that will ultimately lead to improved health care systems and personal health.

  • 2017, 2018 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Neonatology
  • 2018, 2019 Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • 2015-2018 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