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Leslie S. Kerzner, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Director, Special Care Nursery
  • Co-Director, Newborn Developmental Follow-up Program


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Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Developmental outcome of prematurity
  • Parenting a sick newborn
  • Comfort and support after neonatal loss
  • Breastfeeding
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Residency, Hasbro Children's Hospital/Lifespan
  • Fellowship, Women and Infants Hospital/Care New England
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Substance Abusing mothers and their infants.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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News & Events

  • Providing Appropriate Care to Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder

    The clinicians who care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome have established extensive treatment protocols to control withdrawal symptoms, which prevents many children from suffering short and long-term effects.

  • Doctors help babies born addicted to heroin

    Teens, adults, and now the rise of a new generation affected by the opioid crisis. According to federal statistics, every 25 seconds a baby is born-- helpless and hooked on opioids. Their battle to get clean is heart-wrenching.

  • As Mass. Grapples With Opioid Crisis, More Babies Are Being Born Exposed To Drugs

    Massachusetts hospitals are seeing evidence that the opioid epidemic is affecting the next generation, with an increasing number of babies being born exposed to drugs. The most recent state hospital data suggest that the rate of drug-dependent newborns has skyrocketed to about 16 in every 1,000 births — about three times the national average.

  • A New Direction On Drugs

    After 40 years and a trillion dollars, the nation has little to show for its war on drugs. Prisons are beyond crowded and there's a new outbreak in the heroin epidemic.

  • Natalia's Story: Compassionate Care Helps Premature Infant Thrive

    Natalia Nowakowski was born prematurely at 29 weeks with a host of medical issues. With help from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Special Care Nursery and the Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Natalia, now 3 years old, is a thriving as a happy, healthy preschooler with a love for music and dance.


Neonatal Critical Care Unit
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-724-9040
Phone 2: 617-724-9016
Fax: 617-724-9346

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