Melissa Sinkiewicz, D.O., FAAPMR, is a senior scientific program manager in the Clinical Research Resources Section of the Clinical Affairs Branch within NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation, where she serves as a medical consultant on human subjects research prior authorization applications. Prior to joining NCATS, she worked as a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and practiced with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente), where she developed the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to serving as chief of the department, Sinkiewicz worked to improve ancillary rehabilitation services and established a specialty prosthetic clinic and a multidisciplinary clinic for neuromuscular diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Sinkiewicz earned bachelor’s degrees in biobehavioral health and psychology, as well as a minor in neuroscience, from The Pennsylvania State University before obtaining a medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed an internship in internal medicine at Lankenau Medical Center — part of Main Line Health system — and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Emory University. Sinkiewicz is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Sinkiewicz’s professional interests include neurorehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders, clinical study design and electronic health records research.