For the first 4.5 months of his life, Ethan stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), as many premature babies do. Initially, he could breathe on his own, but was intubated a few days after birth so his underdeveloped lungs could rest and grow
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
- MD, Boston University School of Medicine
- MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
- Residency, Boston Medical Center
- Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
- Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics
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Dr. Fiechtner's research has focused on prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in the community. She has published multiple papers utilizing geographic information systems to understand the food environment children are living in and how that impacts their weight status. She also has been a co-investigator on her mentor Dr. Taveras' large behavioral randomized controlled trials for treatment of childhood obesity. Finally, she has been following two birth cohorts and examining the infants microbiome and diet to better understand the origins of obesity in early life.
Fiechtner L, Block J, Duncan DT, Gillman, MW, Gortmaker, SL, Melly, SJ, Rifas-Shiman, SL and Taveras, EM. Proximity to supermarkets associated with higher body mass index among overweight and obese preschool-age children. Prev Med 2013;56:218-21.
Fiechtner L, Sharifi M, Sequist T, Block, JP, Duncan, DT, Melly, SJ, Rifas-Shiman, S, Taveras E. Food environments and childhood weight status: effects of neighborhood median income. Childhood obesity. Jun 2015;11(3):260-268.
Fiechtner, L, Kleinman,K, Melly, SJ, Sharifi, M, Marshall, R, Block, JP, Cheng, ER, Taveras, EM.. Effects of Proximity to Supermarkets on a Randomized Trial Studying Interventions for Obesity. In Press. American Journal of Public Health.
Robinson, A.* Fiechtner, L.*, Roche, B, Ajami, NJ, Petrosino, JF, Camargo, CA, Taveras, EM, Hasegawa, K. Association of maternal gestational weight gain with the infant fecal microbiota. JPGN. 2017 March 7 [Epub ahead of print].
Fiechtner, L,* Cheng, ER,* Lopez, G, Sharifi, M, Taveras, EM. Multi-level Correlates of Healthy BMI Maintenance and Return to a Healthy BMI among Children in Massachusetts. Child Obes.2017 Apr.13 (2); 146-153.
Fiechtner, L, Puente, GC, Sharifi, M, Block, J, Price, S, Marshall, R, Blossom, J, Gerber, MW, Taveras, EM. Development and implementation of a community resource map to support clinical-community linkages in a childhood obesity randomized controlled trial. Preventing Chronic Disease, In Press.
- Apr | 6 | 2018
This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease.
- Apr | 26 | 2017
Before the birth of Rose's twins, prenatal testing showed one baby may have an intestinal blockage. Hours after Mihaly was born, MGHfC surgeons performed a life-saving surgery.
- Patient Story
- Jan | 2 | 2019
Grey Greenough, 2, has always been a little guy, but don't be fooled -- he has learned to have a big appetite, thanks to his dedicated family and the care he received from the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC.
- Staff Story
- Jul | 23 | 2019
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Pediatric Nutrition in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGHfC. Her parents made sure she felt like she could pursue whatever career she wanted, and that is an essential lesson to pass onto future generations.