Faculty Update

Sinal Receives Emeritus Academy Award

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Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, MAMSE (left) presents the Emeritus Academy Award to Sara Sinal, MD, House Staff ’75.

Sara Sinal, MD, House Staff ’75, professor emeritus of pediatrics and family and community medicine, was honored with the 2022 Emeritus Academy Award.

The award, which was presented at the annual Emeriti Holiday Brunch on Dec. 9, 2022, is given to an emeriti faculty member to recognize his or her service to the medical school. Sinal received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest in 1967 and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1971. She completed her pediatrics training at Wake Forest Baptist in 1975 and was on the faculty until her retirement in 2010.

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Throughout her career, Sinal has devoted herself to caring for abused children. She has served on the Child Abuse Committee of the North Carolina Pediatric Society since 1990, as a board member of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) three times and been involved in many other groups focusing on abused children. She has also received many honors for her efforts.

Sinal is also recognized as an outstanding mentor and educator. She received her first teaching award, the House Officer Teaching Award in 1974, before she joined the faculty. She also received the Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award in 2011. In 2014, as an emerita faculty member, she won the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Ray E. Helfer Society, which recognizes the importance of teaching in the promotion of the scientific and humanitarian aspects of child abuse medicine.