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Within MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Department of Pediatrics is the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, an internationally-known academic research division dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through:
Until 2012 the Division, was directed by James M. Perrin, MD. Dr. Taveras joined the Division as Chief on April 1, 2013. With its multidisciplinary faculty staff of physicians and doctoral-level pediatric researchers, the Division carries out multidisciplinary research in academic general pediatrics. Faculty are supported by project managers, clinical research coordinators, analysts and administrative assistants.
Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., M.P.H. is Chief of the Division of General Academic 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 and Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science 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 at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan 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 lifecourse to prevent obesity and chronic diseases, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions—to identify and quantify risk factors— and to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 150 research studies and served on Committees for the National Academy of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work in early life origins of childhood obesity was cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010. She has received extensive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Diabetes Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Boston Foundation, among many other federal and foundation sources. In 2016, she received the Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award from the Massachusetts Association of Public Health for her extensive work improving health and health care in community-based settings.
James Perrin, MD James M. Perrin, MD, is professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and former director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He holds the John C. Robinson Chair in Pediatrics at the MGH. He was president (2014) of the American Academy of Pediatrics, chair of its Committee on Children with Disabilities, and past president of the Ambulatory (Academic) Pediatric Association. He directed the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health for seven years. Dr. Perrin was founding editor ofAcademic Pediatrics. His research has examined asthma, middle ear disease, children’s hospitalizations, health insurance, and childhood chronic illness and disabilities, with recent emphases on epidemiology of childhood chronic illness and organization of services for the care of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. He received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and also served as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard College and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, he had residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester and held faculty appointments at Rochester and Vanderbilt.
Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MD Dr. Kotelchuck runs the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) life course research laboratory at the CAHRP. The MCH life course research laboratory focuses on better understanding of the impact of prenatal and obstetric experiences on subsequent child health and development and on maternal and family health. The lab aims to enhance MCH data system capacities, including improvements in the measurement of child morbidities and health disparities and improve State and national MCH early life programs and policies. Current projects include examination of the impact of Assisted Reproductive Technique conceptions; maternal gestational diabetes recurrence; late preterm (34-36) deliveries; and maternal alcohol and drug abuse and treatment, Down syndrome survival and autism diagnosis.
Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH Dr. Jonathan Winickoff is a practicing pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has training and experience in health services research, medical ethics, neurobiology, statistics and behavioral theory. His research has led to the creation of the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program, now available in all 50 states for free. NIH-NCI/NIDA/AHRQ funded a national dissemination trial of CEASE and a new award from NCI is evaluating sustainability of this model in the United States. Other major research initiatives have helped describe the phenomenon of thirdhand smoke, named the health idea of the year by The New York Times. His 2010 special report in the New England Journal of Medicine outlined the social justice, legal and ethical imperative of implementing completely smoke-free public housing in the U.S. Dr. Winickoff has drafted key tobacco control policy for the AMA, AAP, and the APA and served as a scientific advisor for the CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW grants), the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, Indiana Tobacco Control Program, Head Start, WIC, the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Institute of Medicine, and the U.S. Surgeon General through the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health.
Karen Kuhlthau, PhD The Kuhthau lab’s research aims to improve the lives of children and families through improving clinical care and health care systems particularly in relation to children with special health care needs as well as children with brain tumors and children with autism. The lab uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and a variety of data sources.
Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH Dr. Oreskovic is an internist and pediatrician, and health services researcher. He is the Medical Director for the Integrated Care Management Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include physical activity and other health behaviors, chronic disease prevention, and understanding how the built environment, including architecture and urban planning, can affect individual and population health. Dr. Oreskovic received his bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, attended medical school at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, completed a fellowship in Health Services Research at Harvard Medical School, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Alexy Arauz Boudreau, MD Dr. Arauz Boudreau’s interests focus on determining effective means to reduce health disparities for vulnerable children by impacting childhood development both through community and primary care initiatives. A major focus of her research has been directed at how to structure pediatric primary care practices to optimally support child development and school readiness. Current projects include Healthy Living Today, a child-parent intervention to address childhood obesity through an interactive family approach to lifestyle choices with the aid of health coaches working in tandem with primary care providers and projects related to the medical home.
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH Director of Nutrition, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and General Academic Pediatrics Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH, is the Director of Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and General Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Fiechtner received her Bachelors in Science in Sociology from University of Michigan. She is a 2009 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed her internship and residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at both Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. She also completed a gastroenterology and nutrition fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. She obtained her Master's in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fiechtner's interests include preventing childhood obesity in the community and improving care for patients with oral aversion and feeding difficulties. She has presented her work at the Pediatric Academic Societies, the Obesity Society and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition annual meetings. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Childhood Obesity, and Preventive Medicine.
John D. Knutsen, PhD Instructor, Division of General Pediatrics Dr. Knutsen’s lab examines the effect of early life experiences on subsequent child health, social and cognitive development and pediatric interventions in typically and atypically developing populations, with particular focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research also investigates the translation of child development research into policy, clinical and primary care practice, and community-based public health strategies. He is jointly appointed with the Lurie Center for Autism.
Olivier Drouin, MDCM MSc FAAP FRCPC Dr. Drouin is a general pediatrician and Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Before moving to Boston, he completed both his medical studies as well as residency in general pediatrics in Montreal (Canada), at McGill University and Université de Montréal. His research focuses on health-related behaviors (nutrition, tobacco-smoke exposure, physical activity, screen time) and their impact on the health of children. He is particularly interested in how new technologies and insights from behavioral economics can change the way care is delivered, and how this knowledge can better support families in their healthy habits. Dr Drouin ultimate goal is to influence both clinical care as well as policies to improve health-related behaviors in the pediatric population.
Morgan Crossman, PhD, MA Dr. Crossman is a Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Her research focuses on capacity, access, service coordination and the ways in which families of children with disabilities navigate service systems at critical points of transition over the life course. Her work examines in the impact of early childhood services and programs, particularly early intervention and specialty services, on the healthy development and well-being of children with disabilities, namely autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and their families over the life-course. More broadly, her research interests include early child development, maternal and child health and well-being, adaptive and inclusive recreation, and early screening and intervention for children with disabilities, rare genetic disorders and special health care needs.
Jeremy Drehmer, MPH, CPH Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Jeremy is a Program/Project Manager in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. He manages a tobacco control research program that includes the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE), as well as several other national and international tobacco control initiatives. Jeremy received a BA in Psychology from DePaul University in 2000 and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2008. He is a Certified Public Health professional by The National Board of Public Health Examiners. Jeremy’s research background has been driven by the strong interest he holds for improving children’s health and protecting families from the harms of tobacco smoke exposure. He has worked in tobacco control policy research since the beginning of his career, when he studied the impact of local tobacco control laws to prevent adolescent smoking at DePaul University’s Center for Community Research. Since then, he has worked on numerous federally funded research studies focused on developing tobacco cessation and prevention programs. Jeremy’s recent published research has included studies on the effects of parents’ thirdhand smoke beliefs, tobacco quitline referral methods, and the impact of positive emotions in smoking cessation.
Bethany Hipple, PhD, MPH Project Director Bethany Hipple is a Project Director at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Research and Policy. Ms. Hipple oversees the development, dissemination and CEASE research. Ms. Hipple has training and research experience in medical anthropology, archives, clinical research, medical ethics, health policy and health education. Her current work in pediatric tobacco control is a result of her strong interest in the material culture of medicine, which has been present throughout her career. Dr. Hipple was educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
Chrissy Horan, MPH Project Manager Chrissy Horan, MPH, is a Project Manager in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics She has experience managing large, clinic based randomized controlled trials focused on the treatment and management of pediatric obesity, including High Five for Kids, STAR and Connect 4 Health. She received her BA in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University and her MPH in Health Communications from Tufts University.
Meghan Perkins, MPH Project Manager Meghan Perkins, MPH, is a Project Manager in the Division of General Pediatrics. She has worked with Dr. Taveras for over 8 years and manages several projects in the Division, including Clinic & Community Approaches to Healthy Weight and the First 1,000 Days Program. Meghan received her BA in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics, and her MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Boston University. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, and has supported a range of projects, including longitudinal epidemiologic studies and intervention work. Her research interests focus on early life childhood obesity prevention efforts among racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations.
Sarah Price, MPH Senior Health Educator Sarah Price, MPH, is the Senior Health Educator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). She has worked with Dr. Taveras since 2005 leading the health education components of studies including High Five for Kids, Mommy & Me, STAR, and Connect 4 Health. She received a BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Pomona College and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Monica Gerber, MPH Analyst email@example.com Monica W. Gerber, MPH, is an Analyst in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Monica received her BA in cultural anthropology from Reed College and her MPH with an emphasis in biostatistics and epidemiology from Boston University.
Ines Castro Clinical Research Coordinator Icastro1@partners.org Ines Castro is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics. She supports several projects in the Division including CORD, Connect 4 Health and currently the Rise & SHINE project. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ines received her BA in Psychology Neuroscience from Colby College.
Casey Elizabeth Crisco Clinical Research Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Casey Crisco is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics. She currently supports the Rise & SHINE project. Casey received her BA in Media and Society with a Biology minor from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Alanna Cruz-Bendezu Clinical Research Coordinator email@example.com Alanna Cruz-Bendezu is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She works in the Rise & SHINE study, conducting recruitment and home visits with mothers and their new babies. Alanna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior and a Minor in Cinema Studies. Working with underrepresented minorities in a research setting at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center sparked her interest in behavioral and public health, as well as nutrition, within this community and she is excited to again combine those interests in her role here at MGHfC.
Natasha Bala, MD Research Fellow firstname.lastname@example.org Natasha joined the division in July 2016. She graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India. During her medical training in India, Natasha was a part of several medical camps for underprivileged children, which is where she developed her love for Pediatrics. This was further strengthened by her Pediatric clerkships in the Boston and Cleveland area. She was also the student editor of the ‘Journal of Post Graduate Medicine’ and her enthusiasm to contribute to Pediatric research led her to pursue a Research Fellowship at MGH for Children. Currently she works in the Rise & SHINE study. She is interested in pursuing her residency in Pediatrics and continuing to work in the area of childhood obesity.
Etna Tiburcio, MPH Patient Navigator email@example.com Etna Tiburcio, MPH, is a Patient Navigator/Health Coach for the First 1,000 Days Program. She received her BA in Community Health from Brown University and her MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health from the Yale School of Public Health.
Brianna Roche Patient Navigator firstname.lastname@example.org Brianna Roche is a patient navigator and health coach for the First 1,000 Days Program in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She received her BA in Public Health and Spanish at Franklin and Marshall College.
Grace Lovell Clinical Research Coordinator email@example.com Grace Lovell is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She supports the First 1,000 Days Program and is the Staff Assistant to Dr. Elsie Taveras. Grace received her BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is interested in pursuing a career in the field of maternal and reproductive health.
Giselle O’Connor, MPH Clinical Research Coordinator II firstname.lastname@example.org Giselle is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Clinic and Community Approaches to Healthy Weight study. She completed a BA in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a MPH at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests include chronic diseases, child health and socioeconomic factors in health. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative research in a variety of sites.
Camille Harris Clinical Research Coordinator Charris25@mgh.harvard.edu Camille Harris is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She supports the Clinic & Community Approaches to Healthy Weight project. Camille received her BS in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Michael Duggan Research Assistant email@example.com Michael Duggan is a research assistant in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. He works under Dr. Nicolas Oreskovic, enrolling children at-risk for cardiometabolic disease into an MIT collaborative study that focuses on using novel mobile health technology to collect data on children’s physical activity, screen time, and sleep. He also recruits children with autism for a study geared towards increasing their physical activity by means of walking. He received his BS in Biology from the University of Maryland in 2016.
Alyssa Taubert Research Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Alyssa Taubert is a Staff Assistant and Research Assistant in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. In addition to supporting Dr. Perrin and Dr. Kuhlthau, she works for the Clinical Coordinating Center of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) under the leadership of Dr. Kuhlthau. Alyssa received her BS in Psychology from Emmanuel College.
Audrey Wolfe, MPH Clinical Research Coordinator email@example.com Audrey Wolfe, MPH, is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She works for the Clinical Coordinating Center of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) under the leadership of Dr. Kuhlthau. Audrey received her BS in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She has experience working in a number of settings including local and state health departments, hospitals, and the community to develop, implement, and evaluate programs for children with special health care needs.
Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research FellowshipOptimizing the well-being of children is essential to assure health and economic productivity in adulthood. The goal of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship is to train outstanding researchers who can address critical gaps in primary care for children and fundamentally improve the capacity of the US health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. Learn more.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is seeking applications for full-time faculty members at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MGHfC is an academic research division dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through:
We also seek to prepare and support primary care pediatricians in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships. Faculty in the Division receive research funding from NIH, PCORI, CDC, Maternal Child Health Bureau, foundations, and private donors.
Clinician-researchers and non-clinician doctoral-level researchers are invited to apply. The Division seeks candidates with expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, community-based research, health services research, clinical trials, epidemiology, or related fields, to build independent research programs across a range of priority areas including maternal-child health, substance use, pediatric asthma, sleep, and health disparities. Successful applicants will generally have a track record of federal funding or plans to seek such funding, a record of high quality peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team. We seek to attract an active and diverse faculty. Academic rank at Harvard Medical School (Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor) and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Part-time clinical practice opportunities are possible in general pediatrics as are joint appointments across other Harvard institutions.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent peer-reviewed publication, career development application specific aims, and names of 3 references to:
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics MassGeneral Hospital for Children Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School is seeking applications for full-time faculty members at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with a research focus on obesity prevention and management. The faculty member will develop, implement, and evaluate research studies on obesity and related behaviors including nutrition, physical activity, and sleep health. The position provides a unique opportunity to develop and translate evidence-based approaches to obesity prevention into interventions that directly impact children’s health and to rigorously evaluate the impact of such interventions across clinical and community settings.
The Division of General Academic Pediatric is a research division in the Department of Pediatrics within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), a leading pediatric research institution. The Division of General Academic Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through: (1) prevention and reduction of the burden of chronic disease among children; (2) elimination of disparities in children’s health and healthcare; (3) improving the health of populations across the lifecourse; and (4) preparing and supporting primary care pediatricians and pediatric public health practitioners in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships.
Clinician-researchers and non-clinician doctoral-level researchers are invited to apply. The Division seeks candidates with expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, health services research, clinical trials, epidemiology, or a related field to build independent research programs in obesity. Successful applicants will generally have a track record of federal funding or plans to seek such funding, a record of high quality peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team. We seek to attract an active and diverse faculty. Academic rank at Harvard Medical School (Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor) and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Part-time clinical practice opportunities are possible in pediatric weight management and/or general pediatrics as are joint appointments across other Harvard institutions.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent peer-reviewed publication (if available), and names of 3 references to:
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH: http://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/34001
James Perrin, MD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Perrin+JM%5BAuthor%5D
Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kotelchuck+M%5BAuthor%5D
Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Winickoff+JP%5BAuthor%5D
Karen Kuhlthau, PhD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kuhlthau+K%5BAuthor%5D
Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Oreskovic+NM%5BAuthor%5D
Alexy Arauz Boudreau, MD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Boudreau+AA%5BAuthor%5D
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Fiechtner%2C+Lauren
John D. Knutsen, PhD: https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/123645
Olivier Drouin, MDCM MSc FAAP FRCPC Fellow: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Drouin%20O%5BAuthor%5D&cauthor=true&cauthor_uid=26951573
Morgan Crossman, PhD, MA: https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/151248
Jeremy Drehmer, MPH, CPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=(Drehmer%20J%5BAU%5D)%20OR%20Drehmer%20JE%5BAU%5D
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