About Seema Mohapatra

Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow
at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

Review: Universal masking in hospitals in the COVID-19 era: i]Is it time to consider shielding?

This piece discusses why many institutions have enacted a universal masking policy in healthcare settings and important considerations and options for facilities considering such a policy. Due to concerns about atypical presentations and pre-symptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2, many health careRead More
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Review: Hospital preparedness for COVID-19: A practical guide from a critical care perspective

This article describes how a hospital in New York (Weil Cornell) prepared for a surge of critically ill patients and provides a helpful roadmap for centers that are getting getting for a surge of COVID-19 patients. The hospital’s surge planning includedRead More
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Review: Preparing nursing homes and assisted living facilities for COVID-19

This video released by the Centers for Disease Control provides guidance to nursing homes and assisted living facilities on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice notes that nursing homes and assisted living facilities should: Restrict visitors, volunteers, non-essentialRead More
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Review: Arranging conversations between critically ill coronavirus patients and family members

This article describes how physicians and nurses in New York City are facilitating conversations with patients with COVID-19 who are isolated and critically will with their loved ones via video chat or phone calls. Intensive care units (ICUs) typically allowRead More
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Review: Universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 in women admitted for delivery

In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, physicians describe their experience with universally testing pregnant women for SARS-CoV-2 when they were admitted for delivery, regardless of their lack of symptoms or exposure to an infected individual.Read More
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Review: Parole incarcerations during the coronavirus crisis

This article states that after New York’s Division of Parole (which had been focused on community integration of former offendors) was combined with the much larger Department of Correctional Services (with its criminal focus) to form the Department of CorrectionsRead More
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Review: How will we care for coronavirus patients after they leave the hospital?

A piece published in Health Affairs blog entitled “How Will We Care For Coronavirus Patients After They Leave The Hospital? By Building Postacute Care Surge Capacity” notes the need to build capacity for postacute care for COVID-19 survivors by expandingRead More
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Review: The challenges of giving birth in the time of COVID-19

This op-ed by Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., the vice president of health care delivery system reform at The Commonwealth Fund, suggests ways that pregnant women can be given better care in light of COVID-19. The suggestions are: Pregnant women should beRead More
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Review: Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs

A report in Nature finds that many university laboratories that have been certified to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 are not being used to capacity by hospitals/clinics due to incompatible electronic health record software (EHR) or lack ofRead More
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Review: California ordering 200 million masks a month

This newspaper article discusses how California is ordering 200 million masks (150 million N95 masks and 50 million surgical masks) per month  (which will cost nearly $1 billion a month) to protect California’s essential workers from coronavirus, and there isRead More
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