Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi
Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi has presided over numerous state agency cases including: Medicaid provider contracts/recoupment, professional licensing of all professions licensed under state statute, state income/sales/use tax, parent appeals under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state employee discipline appeals, state campaign finance issues, state environmental appeals, and HIPAA compliance. In this capacity, Commissioner Dandamudi has heard detailed testimony and analyzed state statutes from virtually every corner of state government in issuing his comprehensive decisions which are available in Westlaw. The foresight in his decisions, that blend common sense with legal acumen, has led to a special session of the state legislature that amended a statute in favor of his interpretation. From November 2010 through February 2013, he served as Managing Commissioner overseeing the Commission’s personnel. Thereafter, during January 2014 through February 2015 he functioned as both Presiding and Managing Commissioner over legislation, budget, and personnel. Among his lighthearted duties, Commissioner Dandamudi enjoys administering the oath of office to elected officials.
Commissioner Dandamudi began his legal career in 2001, serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri where he represented several professional licensing boards, including the medical board, officially known as the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. In 2006, Commissioner Dandamudi became the medical board’s first in-house general counsel, where he advised the board on legal issues, including telemedicine and physician-nurse collaborative practice; regularly drafted state legislation and annually drafted state regulations including the current regulations that allow pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations; and litigated administrative trials. Subsequently, in 2007 he was selected by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to serve as a member of the faculty for its annual Board Attorneys Workshops. He continued to serve on FSMB’s faculty for its annual Board Attorneys Workshops until he left the medical board in 2010, when he was appointed by Governor Nixon and confirmed by the State Senate to serve as Commissioner. Since leaving the medical board, FSMB has invited Commissioner Dandamudi back to present continuing legal education courses for three of its annual workshops.
Commissioner Dandamudi earned his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law, his Master of Arts from American University in International Affairs, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in History.