Vol. 12 No. 4 - November, 2009

Sagor receives President’s Public Service Award

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Linda Sagor, MD, is the 2009 recipient of the President's Public Service Award

 Linda D. Sagor, MD, MPH, has been named the University of Massachusetts Medical School recipient of the 2009 President’s Public Service Award. The award from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office recognizes individuals from each of the five campuses for exemplary public service to the commonwealth. The other recipients are Mari Castañeda, UMass Amherst; David Terkla, UMass Boston; Matthew Roy, UMass Dartmouth; and Kay Doyle, UMass Lowell.

Dr. Sagor is regarded as one of the region’s leading pediatricians

because of her dedication to the welfare of children on multiple levels.

 For more than three decades, Dr. Sagor, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of General Pediatrics for UMass Memorial Medical Center, has cared for children as a compassionate physician and advocate. She is regarded as one of the region’s leading pediatricians because of her dedication to the welfare of children on multiple levels, from encouraging proper nutrition to promoting continuity of care. Concerned that medical care for foster children was fragmented, inconsistent and incomplete, Sagor created and directs the Foster Children Evaluation Services (FaCES) program, which provides health screenings, comprehensive evaluations and a unique medical information system containing all health data for foster children. More than 80 percent of children in foster care in Worcester and surrounding areas are seen by FaCES and then referred to a primary care provider, along with their complete records, for ongoing care.

In addition to championing children in the state’s foster care system, Sagor has contributed to the health and well-being of thousands of Worcester school children as a medical consultant for the Worcester Public School Nutrition Program. She has actively supported the Breakfast Demonstration Project, a Worcester Public Schools initiative she has called “truly a lifeline for poor families.”