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Editorial Staff

Richard J. Sagall, M.D.

Rich Sagall, MD, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. After completing his family practice residency at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME, he practiced family medicine and occupational medicine there for nearly 20 years. He now lives in Gloucester, MA. Working with Libby Overly, a medical social worker, they started NeedyMeds in 1997. Rich has written articles on assistance programs and occupational medicine topics for a number of publications. He has given presentations on patient assistance programs and occupational medicine throughout the country.

Michael Woods, M.D.

Michael Woods, M.D., received his medical degree from Tufts University and completed a pediatric residency at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He practiced pediatrics for 27 years in Maine and Massachusetts. Presently, Mike is project manager and medical editor for HealthWebNavigator.org, a website of medically-reviewed health-related websites as well as content editor for PlanForPassingOn.org. Prior to his current work, he was the editor of Consumer Health information at EBSCO in Ipswich, MA.

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