Prominent Leader in Health Law Joins Sidra Medicine as General Counsel

Experienced legal counsel, Clint Hermes, leaves St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to take up key role at Sidra Medicine.

Leading health and biomedical research attorney, Clint Hermes, has been appointed General Counsel at Sidra Medicine, a pioneering new facility in Qatar with a focus primarily on women’s and children’s healthcare.

Key among Mr. Hermes’ immediate priorities will be to assess Sidra Medicine’s legal requirements and educate staff on critical areas such as compliance and legislation. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Board of Governors, Mr. Hermes’ responsibilities will also include management of a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including high value contracts and affiliation agreements.

Commenting on the appointment, Sidra Medicine’s CEO, Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, said, “This is a key hire for Sidra Medicine in a role that will require the provision of high-level strategic counsel to the Board on a broad range of legal, governance and compliance issues. With his far-reaching experience in several eminent hospitals and academic medical centers on a broad range of high-profile legal matters, we are confident that Mr. Hermes has the technical knowledge and expertise necessary to help us establish Sidra Medicine as a world-leading medical facility and center of academic excellence.”

In his previous role as Senior Vice President at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in the United States, Mr. Hermes built and managed the institution’s Legal, Government Relations, and Privacy departments and led its Office of Technology Licensing, as well as handling St. Jude’s most complex and sensitive legal matters. Prior to this, Mr. Hermes was a health care attorney with the prestigious international firm Ropes & Gray, during which time he provided counsel to many of the top hospitals, health systems, and medical schools around the world. With several dozen peer-reviewed publications in his field and over forty invited speaking engagements, Mr. Hermes is widely acknowledged as a leader in health care and biomedical research law.

Mr. Hermes has also played an active role in the legal community, with recent posts including Vice Chair of the Children’s Hospital Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association, Editor of Bloomberg BNA’s Medical Research Law & Policy Report and lecturer in health law at the University of Memphis School of Law.

Speaking about his recent appointment, Mr. Hermes said, “It is an exciting prospect to be part of Sidra Medicine’s patient-focused vision to transform medical care for women and children in Qatar and the surrounding region. In my role as General Counsel, I look forward to the challenge of setting up a new legal division and working with the team to help drive the organization forward and make this ambitious vision a reality.”