Sara Sinal, MD

The Ray E. Helfer Society Recognizes Dr. Sara Sinal for Outstanding Teaching

Sara SinalSara Sinal, MD, retired from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2010 as Professor of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine, is the recipient of the 2014 Ray E. Helfer Outstanding Teaching Award. The Helfer Society is an honorary association of child abuse physicians from across America and around the world who are leaders in the field of child maltreatment. The Outstanding Teacher Award was recognizes the importance of teaching in the promotion of the scientific and humanitarian aspects of child abuse medicine.

During Dr. Sinal’s 35 years at the medical center she taught medical students, residents, nurses and social workers as well as community professionals working in the area of child abuse. She enjoyed involving students and residents in research and publications in the areas of child abuse head injury, child sexual abuse and medical child abuse. She exposed residents to child abuse court and how to give expert testimony. She has continued to see children for suspected abuse two days per week at a Dragonfly House Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC has welcomed Pediatric, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine residents, as well as nursing students, to educate them in the CAC method of evaluating and treating children suspected of being abused.

Dr Sinal wishes to express appreciation to the members of The Helfer Society for the award and for nurturing her career.