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Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her BS and MD degrees from New York University. After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency, and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions to identify and quantify risk factors to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 100 research studies and served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work has been cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.
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A comprehensive program to reduce or prevent childhood obesity in low-income communities led to significant improvements in obesity-related measures among children cared for at a Massachusetts community health center.
Two interventions that link clinical care with community resources helped improve key health measures in children with overweight or obesity at the outset of the study.
Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, was selected as the next Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health. Taveras will support the center’s work in improving the health of vulnerable populations in the communities the hospital serves. She will also find new ways to promote community health and uncouple socioeconomic status from poor health outcomes.
A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood.
A new study by a Massachusetts General Hospital-led research team finds an association between the lack of paternal information on infants’ birth certificates and increases in several risk factors for childhood obesity.
As the rate of obesity in the U.S. population has risen dramatically, more and more children are becoming overweight at younger and younger ages. Understanding the factors that contribute to childhood obesity and identifying ways to prevent its development are critical to stemming the historically high prevalence of childhood obesity and of associated health problems like type 2 diabetes.
MGHfC clinicians are working to eliminate the short- and long-term health issues associated with obesity in children by providing specialized care and treatment options.
An MGHfC study of two protocols for the treatment of childhood obesity finds that both were successful in limiting one-year weight gain in obese children. Both interventions use information technology to provide clinicians with up-to-date obesity management guidelines and tools to help families manage behaviors related to obesity and fitness.
Coverage of study co-authored by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Wall Street Journal article quotes Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write the authors of an article that will appear in the Nov. 13 New England Journal of Medicine and has been released online.
Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write two MassGeneral Hospital for Children-affiliated pediatricians in an article that will appear in the November 13 New England Journal of Medicine.
Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz hit a home run with pediatric patients and their families when he visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children Oct. 2.
Elsie Taveras, MD, MHP, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Population Health Management addresses the prevalence of obesity in children during a Sept. 30 lecture – “Obesity Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Children: The Importance of Prevention in Early Life.”
The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 6 to 12 sleep 10-11 hours per night. With a new study published in Pediatrics by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers linking reduced sleep and obesity, encouraging healthy sleeping habits in children has taken on a new precedence. The study's researchers, led by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, offer some facts and tips to help parents ensure their kids get a good night’s sleep.
One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7.
A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration.
Research of Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
A new study appearing in JAMA Pediatrics describes how a home-based program that helped at-risk families improve household routines was able to slow weight gain in a group of young children.
A research team reports in JAMA Pediatrics that the known prevalence of obesity and overweight among black and Hispanic children can largely be explained by risk factors such as rapid infant weight gain, early introduction of solid foods and a lack of exclusive breast feeding.
discusses 2014 study led by MGH investigator Elsie Taveras
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