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Vandana Laxmi Madhavan, MD, MPH

  • Director, Advanced Pediatric Clerkship, MGH/Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease, MGH
  • Instructor, Harvard Medical School


Accepting New Patients


Vandana Madhavan, MD, MPH, is a pediatric infectious disease specialist, hospitalist and primary care pediatrician at MGHfC. She is clinical director for the pediatric ID division, director of the pediatric advanced clerkship, and is active in resident and fellow education as an advisor, coach and core faculty educator.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Infectious diseases
  • Tuberculosis (TB) including drug-resistant TB
  • Mycobacterial infection
  • Vaccines and immunizations
  • Travel medicine
  • Fevers
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Antibiotic prescribing
  • Zika exposure in pregnancy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Under-served Communities
  • Telemedicine
  • AIDS and HIV infection
Medical Education
  • MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Salem: North Shore Medical Center
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Vandana Madhavan, MD, MPH, is a pediatric infectious disease (ID) specialist and hospitalist, as well as primary care pediatrician, at MGHfC. She is clinical director and physician quality champion for the pediatric ID division. Dr. Madhavan is also the director of the pediatric advanced clerkship at MGH, and is active in resident and fellow education as an advisor, coach, core faculty educator, and member of multiple committees.

While an undergraduate at Harvard College, she worked in an ID lab at Mass General for her senior thesis. After medical school at the University of Virginia, Dr. Madhavan completed pediatric residency and chief residency at MGHfC. She then completed pediatric infectious diseases and health services research fellowships at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard, respectively. She also earned her MPH at HSPH, focusing her research on vaccine uptake rates in diverse populations.  After training, she initially served as medical director of inpatient pediatrics, site director of the residency program and started clinics in pediatric ID and tuberculosis at NSMC. During the Partners transition to a new electronic medical record, she was the clinical implementation lead for ambulatory pediatrics. Her academic interests include tuberculosis, childhood vaccinations, Zika virus, underserved populations, telemedicine, quality improvement and undergraduate/graduate medical education.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Recent and ongoing projects include:

- Improving the Percentage of Safe and Effective First Doses of Parenteral Ampicillin-Sulbactam in Pediatric Patients: A Process Improvement Initiative [supported by 2015-16 Partners Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program]

- Limited English Proficiency Patient Education Access Initiative [supported by 2017 MGHfC Quality and Safety Mini-Grant]

- Reducing Excessive Variability in Infant Sepsis Evaluation (REVISE) [AAP VIN project, site co-lead]

- Optimization of Transitions of Care: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Discharge Follow-up Virtual Visits - A Pilot Study




Kelly TG, Madhavan VL, Peters JM, Kazacos KR, Silvera, VM. Spinal Cord Involvement in a child with Raccoon Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) Meningoencephalitis. Pediatric Radiology. E-pub June 2011.

Peters JM, Madhavan VL (co-first author), Kazacos KR, Husson RN, Dangoudoubiyam S, Soul JS. Early empiric treatment of neural larva migrans due to Baylisascaris procyonis associated with good outcome. Pediatrics 2012 129(3): e806-811.

Klig JE, Madhavan VL, Rebello GN, Shailam R. CASE RECORDS of the MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL. Case 26-2015. A 9-Month-Old Girl with Recurrent Fevers. N Engl J Med. 2015 Aug 20; 373(8):757-66.

Chen YC, James A, Kung E, Madhavan V. Disseminated Vaccine-Strain Varicella Zoster Virus Infection in a Previously Immunized Immunocompetent Adolescent. J Pediatr Infect Dis 2017; 12(02): 142-144.

Curran MA, Madhavan VL, Caruso PA, Ebb DH, William EA. CASE RECORDS of the MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL. Case 31-2017. A 19-Month-Old Girl with Failure to Thrive. N Engl J Med. 2017 Oct 12; 377(15):1468-77.

Michele S. Duke and Vandana L. Madhavan. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. In The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Handbook of Pediatric Global Health. Gupta, Nelson, Kasper, Hibberd (eds). Springer. 2013.

Lindsay Carter, Meredith Eicken, Vandana Madhavan, (eds). Pediatric Evidence: The Practice-Changing Articles. Wolters Kluwer. April 2016.

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Pediatric Infectious Disease
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114-3108
Phone 1: 617-643-0722
Phone 2: 617-724-8990
Fax: 617-643-8343
Pediatric Group Practice
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-2728
Fax: 617-724-3948
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-8797
Fax: 617-726-5717
NSMC Tuberculosis Clinic
57 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-354-4455
Fax: 978-740-4776

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