Linda Clark, MD
Clark Occupational Medicine Services, Common Ground Health
As senior health advisor, Dr. Linda Clark provides strategic counsel to Common Ground’s initiatives from a medical perspective. This role further advances her keen focus on issues related to health equity and population health.
Dr. Clark continues to work part-time as a practicing physician, as she has practiced in occupational medicine for 25 years, and in clinical preventive medicine, with a focus on substance-use disorders, for the past 14 years. Dr. Clark also maintains appointments as a research assistant professor in SUNY Buffalo’s Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Public Health and as an adjunct assistant professor in Public Health Sciences at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Clark has the unique background and skills to help address health equity and health disparities issues. Prior to joining the Common Ground staff, Dr. Clark served the organization in a consulting role as a clinical advisor. She served on the Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAAB) for six years and was a member of the African American Health Coalition for 18 years, including serving a tenure as co-chair. One of three co-founders and board chair of the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester, which supports efforts to reduce health disparities, mentors medical students and raises money for scholarships, Dr. Clark also chaired the annual Faith and Medicine, Working Together to Eliminate Health Disparities conference.
Active in community-based organizations and in the medical community, Dr. Clark serves on the boards of directors of Trillium Health and St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, on the Committee to Eliminate Health Disparities of the Medical Society of The State of New York and on the Monroe County Medical Society’s Quality Committee. Most recently, she was appointed the chair of the newly formed Committee on Equity and Diversity with the Monroe County Medical Society. Honors for her community service include the Raymond L. Graves Beloved Community Award and the Woman of Distinction Award from Girl Scouts of Western N.Y.
Linda’s spiritual life is integral to who she is, and impacts everything she does personally and professionally. She has attended the Genesee Baptist Church for approximately 9 years, and has served in a variety of capacities, including as a delegate to the American Baptist Church Rochester Genesee Region (ABCRGR), the Music and Worship and Technology Committees, and the Board of Trustees. She regularly attends the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, supporting the various health ministries and health activities in the area. She is currently serving on the executive committee of the ABCRGR.
Dr. Linda Clark earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree in Epidemiology from SUNY Buffalo, and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University. She is board certified in Occupational Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Married to Wardell Lewis Jr., an esteemed church musical director, together they have two adult children. For relaxation, Linda enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening, playing the piano, and participating in a book club.