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.
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 | 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.
- Apr | 6 | 2018
The outlook for child health research – both in federal funding and at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – is a bright one, was the message from speakers at the 10th anniversary of MGHfC Pediatric Research Day.
- Patient Story
- Mar | 10 | 2020
Lucy, now 1, developed oral aversion. She was vomiting 15-20 times a day. In May 2019, after multiple tests and hospital admissions, and a drastic drop off the growth chart, Lucy’s parents decided the best way to get nourishment into her belly was through a nasogastric tube.
- Patient Story
- Mar | 31 | 2020
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
- 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.