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Sanger Named Distinguished Alumna of the Year


During this year’s fall Homecoming event, Dr. Claire Sanger was named the 2015 Lee University Distinguished Alumna, the highest honor awarded by the university.

“Dr. Sanger embodies all those qualities that we hope to find in Lee alumni,” said Dr. Paul Conn, Lee University president. “She combines a high level of professional skill with a heart for service to others, and that is probably the core of the Lee university mission.”

Sanger Named Distinguished Alumna
Dr. Claire Sanger receives 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award

Sanger graduated from Lee University in 1994 with a degree in biology. She then earned her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. She completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Wake Forest University, a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at Sahlgrenska University in Sweden, and an autologous ear reconstruction fellowship at the George Bizet Clinic in France. She has also completed visiting fellowships or externships in Italy and Spain.

She currently works as a plastic surgeon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area including Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center where she is an assistant professor for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Sanger is a member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, the North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Since 1996, she has repeatedly visited Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cote d’ Ivoire, Moldova, China, Togo, and Gabon to do community service through pro bono surgeries and medical aid.

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