Dr. Sara McEwen is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Institute, a position she has held since 2008. The Governor’s Institute provides innovative substance use disorder related professional education and technical assistance, workforce development, and creates and facilitates extensive collaborations with and among physician groups, universities/ medical schools, community providers, and state and federal agencies to develop and sponsor programs, presentations, conferences, websites, and clinical tools that facilitate resource dissemination and uptake of proven and cost-effective prevention and treatment interventions.

Dr. McEwen has served as PI and Project Director on a number of federal and foundation grant projects. She serves as Conference Co-Director for the annual Addiction Medicine and Addiction Medicine Essentials conferences. Currently, Dr. McEwen is the Project Director for the SAMHSA funded Providers Clinical Support System – Universities. She received a BA from Dartmouth College, MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, and an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill.