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Christina (Christina) Vestergaard Scirica, MD, MPH

  • Director, Inspired Health Program
  • Medical Director, Outdoors Rx
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory

617-726-8707

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Overview

Dr. Scirica is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist who sees patients with a variety of pulmonary conditions and has a particular interest in the effects of weight on asthma, exercise intolerance and overall health.

Departments

Pediatrics

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Asthma and other causes of exercise intolerance
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Health and Fitness
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
Locations
  • 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
  • Medicaid Dental
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • 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
Patient Age Group
Pediatric
Gender
Female

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Biography

Dr. Scirica received her B.S. (summa cum laude) from Tufts University in 1995, and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2000. She completed her pediatric residency and pulmonary fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2005, Dr. Scirica obtained her M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Since joining the Harvard Medical School faculty in 2008, Dr. Scirica has provided excellent clinical care to patients with a variety of pulmonary conditions. She has a particular interest in asthma, exercise intolerance, and weight-related conditions. In 2012, Dr. Scirica created a novel and highly-successful clinical program, called Inspired Health, to address the complex interactions between childhood asthma and weight by managing both in concert through a multidisciplinary, family-centered model of care. She has also partnered with the Appalachian Mountain Club to implement a program to promote outdoor physical activity among children and families.
 
Throughout her tenure at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Scirica has been committed to the education of medical students, trainees and patients, earning her the Resident Teaching Award from two separate graduating classes of Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Scirica also contributes to the ongoing education of physicians and other healthcare providers through presentations and conferences, and recently directed a full-day course at the Partners Asthma Center for nurses and other health educators on Sports, Exercise and Asthma.  In addition, Dr. Scirica has written numerous educational handouts and online articles for patients, and she has been interviewed by news organizations on topics related to her field of practice. 

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News & Events

  • Q&A: Could weight affect a child's asthma?

    This Asthma and Allergy Month, Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on how obesity can affect a child's health, plus more helpful insights.

  • How to stay healthy and active during the winter

    Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, offers advice on how the whole family can stay active and healthy during freezing temperatures.

  • Prescribing nature and outdoor activity

    The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have teamed up to launch Outdoors Rx, an innovative program that gives health care professionals dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

  • Appalachian Mountain Club and MGHfC Team Up to Help Families Live a Healthier Lifestyle

    The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children have joined forces to launch "Outdoors Rx," an innovative new AMC program that gives healthcare professionals the dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

  • Could a ban on large soft drinks be effective?

    Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants that was passed September 7, 2012.

  • Could banning large soft drinks be effective in the fight against obesity?

    Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors that was passed September 7, 2012.

  • A Healthy Start Back to School

    Christina Scirica, MD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, shares tips on how parents can help their kids kick off the new school year with healthy eating and activity habits.

  • MGHfC physicians engage with ‘mommy bloggers'

    Nine local mothers who blog about parenthood visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) on July 31 to meet MGHfC physicians and learn about three popular pediatric health topics – obesity, food allergy and sleep behavioral disorders.

Contact

Pediatric Pulmonary
275 Cambridge Street
Boston MA, 02114-3108
Phone 1: 617-726-8707
Fax: 617-724-4306

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