Lauren Fiechter, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Pediatric Nutrition in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. 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.
What inspired you to go into medicine?
I really wanted to help others and I was inspired by my father, who is also a physician. I went into pediatric gastroenterology because I love nutrition. I was fascinated by the ways diet can improve health.
What do you do as a provider at MGHfC?
I am the medical director for the Center for Feeding and Nutrition where I see children with feeding difficulties with an amazing team of speech and language pathologists with special training in feeding and swallowing. I also work with occupational therapists, social workers, a dietitian and a psychologist. I also see patients in the John Hancock Raising Healthy Hearts Program and help children with overweight or obesity reach a healthier body mass index (BMI). In this clinic, I work with a wonderful team as well, which includes a health coach, dietitian, nurse practitioner and more.
What gives you the greatest joy in your profession?
I love making a difference in my patients’ lives and seeing them thrive! I also love teaching medical students, residents and fellows and creating impactful research studies that will hopefully improve patient care.
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