Seema Mohapatra

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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: Joint statement on inappropriate prescribing and dispensing of medications during the COVID-19 pandemic

This Joint Statement of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB) and Federation of State Medical Boards (FASB) notes that physicians, pharmacists, pharmacies and hospitals have an ethical duty to put the needs of patients first, and this includesRead More
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Review: Protecting health care workers against COVID-19—and being prepared for future pandemics

This JAMA Health Forum outlines the need to protect health care workers against COVID-19 and outlines advice for future pandemic response. On March 5, the union National Nurses United (NNU) reported that in a national survey of more than 6500 nurses,Read More
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Review: COVID-19 and the risk to health care workers – a case report

This Annals of Internal Medicine case report discusses the risks and outcomes of health care workers caring for a patient with severe pneumonia prior to the patient’s COVID-19 diagnosis being known. The patient was hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia, required supplementalRead More
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Review: Potential legal liability for withdrawing or withholding ventilators during COVID-19

This JAMA Perspective describes the criminal and civil legal risks that may face providers for withholding or withdrawing ventilators. The authors assess the criminal and civil legal risks as low, but not trivial. On the criminal risks, ventilator withdrawal mayRead More
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Review: Critical supply shortages — the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

This opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine emphasizes a need for a coordinated approach by local and national government, the private sector, and health care providers to attain needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. The authorsRead More
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Review: COVID-19: joint statement & guidance document on multiple patients per ventilator

The Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, American Association of Critical‐Care Nurses, and American College of Chest Physicians issued a consensus statement on the concept of placing multipleRead More
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Review: U.S. ICU resource availability for COVID-19

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has updated its statistics on critical care resources available in the United States in light of the onset of COVID-19 and the strong possibility of large percentages of the U.S. population being admittedRead More
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