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Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, the former Director of Pediatric Healthcare for the Homeless at Boston Medical Center, a Co-Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch and a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health.
Dr. Sandel is the medical director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. She was the first Medical Director of the Family Advocacy Program in 1998, and was appointed Medical Director of the National Center in 2007. She served as a general academic fellow at Boston Medical Center with a concentration in environmental health in children, earning a Masters of Public Health with a dual concentration in environmental health and epidemiology and biostatistics in 2002.
In 1998, she published, with other doctors at Boston Medical Center, a national report on how housing affected child health based on the DOC4Kids project. In 1999, she was an author of “There’s No Place Like Home,” a report documenting how asthma, lead, injuries, homelessness, food insecurity, chronic disease and educational attainment were all affected by housing. In 2000, she was a Co-Principal Investigator of the Boston Healthy Homes Partnership, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Boston Public Health Commission to study if housing changes improved the health of children with asthma. She is a founding member of the Asthma Regional Council of New England.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Sandel has written numerous scientific articles and papers. She has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, such as the National Center for Healthy Housing, a national advocacy group, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.