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Yonker, Lael M., MD

  • Co-Director, MGH Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Co-Director, MGH Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutic Development Center
  • Co-Director, Pulmonary Genetics Clinic


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • obesity-related asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • recurrent pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • childhood interstitial lung disease (ChILD)
  • genetic pulmonary diseases
Medical Education
  • MD, UMASS Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nashua: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
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.

Patient Age Group

Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Drenkard E*, Hibbler RM*, Gutu DA, Eaton AD, Silverio AL, Ausubel FM, Hurley BP**, Yonker LM**. Replication of the ordered, nonredundant library of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PA14 transposon insertion mutants. Journal of Visualized Experiments. Accepted, In-press.

Yonker LM, Pazos MA, Mou H, Chu KK, Eaton AD, Bonventre JV, Tearney GJ, Rajagopal J, Hurley BP. Neutrophil-derived cytosolic PLA2α contributes to bacterial-induced neutrophil trans-epithelial migration. Journal of Immunology. J Immunol. 2017 Oct 15;199(8):2873-2884. PMID: 28887431

Yonker LM*, Mou H*, Chu KK, Pazos MA, Leung H, Cu D, Ryu J, Hibbler RM, Eaton AD, Ford TN, Falck JR, Kinane TB, Tearney GJ, Rajagopal J, Hurley BP. Development of a Primary Human Co-Culture Model of Inflamed Airway Mucosa. Scientific Reports. 2017 Aug 15;7(1):8182. PMID: 28811631

Yonker LM, Cigana C, Hurley BP, Bragonzi A. Host-pathogen interplay in the respiratory environment of cystic fibrosis. J Cystic Fibrosis. 2015 Jul;14(4):431-9

Friedman D, Linnemann RW, Altstein LL, Islam S, Bach KT, Lamb C, Volpe J, Doolittle C, St John A, O'Malley PJ, Sawicki GS, Georgiopoulos AM, Yonker LM*, Moskowitz SM*. The CF-CARES primary palliative care model: A CF-specific structured assessment of symptoms, distress, and coping. J Cyst Fibros. 2017 Mar 14. pii: S1569-1993(17)30077-2. PMID: 28302366



Pediatric Pulmonary
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114-3108
Phone: 617-726-8707
Fax: 617-726-5961
MGH Children's Specialties at Southern New Hampshire Med Ctr
8 Prospect Street
1st Floor
Nashua, NH 03060-3925
Phone: 603-577-5360
Fax: 603-577-2084

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