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Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of General Pediatrics

Director, Pediatric Population Health Management

Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic

  • Phone: 617-726-8555
Department of Pediatrics


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Clinical Interests
Early life origins of obesity
Obesity prevention and treatment
Examining racial/ethnic disparities
Health services research
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
MD, New York University School of Medicine
Residency, Boston Medical Center
Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Board Certifications
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


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.

Childhood Obesity: The Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice

Research of Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Facts and tips for healthy sleeping habits

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.

Tackling obesity early

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.”

Big Papi’s big heart

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.

Early-life risk factors account for racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity

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.

In-home intervention improves routines that reduce risk of childhood obesity

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.

Long-term study supports detrimental effects of television viewing on sleep in young children

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.

Chronic insufficient sleep increases obesity, overall body fat in children

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.

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Phone: 617-726-8555
Fax: 617-726-1812

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55 Fruit Street
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Phone: 617-726-8555
Fax: 617-726-1812

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