About Barbara Pober, MD

Dr Pober received her BA from Yale University with a major in Psychology. She then completed her MD at the Yale School of Medicine and did Pediatrics Residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, MA. Subsequently, she obtained an MPH  from the Harvard School of Public Health which sparked her interest in the epidemiology of birth defects. Soon thereafter she did a fellowship, focusing on birth defects epidemiology, with Dr Lewis B Holmes at MGH.  Thus began her training as a medical geneticist. She encountered several patients with Williams syndrome early after fellowship and found it so compelling to work with these individuals and their families that she started one of the 1st multidisciplinary clinics for Williams syndrome in 1987. She has been involved with the Williams syndrome community, providing care and performing clinical research, ever since. 

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Mass General for Children: Genetics Program
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 6C
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-1561

Medical Education

  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Tufts Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital*****

American Board Certifications

  • Clinical Cytogenetic, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Clinical Genetics (M.D.), American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

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Dr Pober's research focuses on the natural history of Williams syndrome. She particularly seeks to understand why some, but not all, persons with Williams syndrome become overweight and why a subset develop the distinct phenotype  referred to as lipedema. Likewise, she studies why only some individuals with Williams syndrome develop decreased bone density or diabetes.  A variety of approaches including detailed clinical characterization and examination of genetic variation are underway. 


  • Select Publications on Williams Syndrome since 2014

    • A new diagnosis of Williams-Beuren syndrome in a 49-year-old man with severe emphysema.  Wojcik MH, Carmichael N, Biebrt FR, Weiner DC, Madan DC, Pober BR, Raby BA. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 173:1159-1171.
    • Altered body composition, lipedema and decreased bone density in individuals with Williams syndrome: A preliminary report.  Waxler JL, Guardino C, Feinn RS, Lee H, Pober BR, Stanley TL. Eur J Med Genet. 2017 60:250256.
    • Hypercalcemia in Patients with Williams syndrome. Sindhar S, Lugo M, Levin MD, Danback JR, Brink BD, Yu E, Dietzen DJ, Clark AL, Purgert CA, Waxler JL, Elder RW, Pober BR, Kozel BA. J Pediatr. 2016 178:254-260.
    • Attention Bias to Emotional Faces Varies by IQ and Anxiety in Williams syndrome. McGrath LM, Oates JM, Dai YG, Dodd HF, Waxler J, Clements CC, Weil S, Hoffnagle A, Anderson E, MacRae R, Mullett J, McDougle CJ, Pober BR, Smoller JW. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 46:2174-85.
    • Skin Findings in Williams syndrome. Kozel BA, Bayliss SJ, Berk DR, Waxler JL, Knutsen RH, Danback JR, Pober BR. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 164A:2217-25.

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