Linda D. Sagor was appointed as the first medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in 2015. She had previously served as a pediatric consultant for the department. She advises social workers, oversees the department’s nurses, and reviews cases of children with complex medical or behavioral issues. She also is responsible for developing a policy to monitor children in state custody who are taking psychotropic medication, and assembling a panel of doctors to oversee difficult cases.
Sagor brings extensive experience to her role. She is the medical director of the Foster Children Evaluation Services (FaCES) Clinic, which she launched in 2003 to provide health screenings for foster children in the Worcester area. She chairs the foster-care committee of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serves on the board of Community Legal Aid, and is a member of the executive board of the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care at UMass Memorial Health Care.
Sagor is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Medical School. She received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health from the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2013, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and health and human services and legislative meetings.
She received her medical degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and her master’s in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
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