Friday, February 1, 2013

Division of General Pediatrics welcomes new chief


The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will welcome a new chief of the Division of General Pediatrics on April 1. Upon her arrival, Elsie Taveras, MD, who currently serves as co-director of the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), also will become director of the new MGHfC Pediatric Population Health Management program.

Taveras will succeed Jim Perrin, MD, who announced late last year his plans to step down to focus on his role as president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional membership organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

“We are delighted to have Elsie join the MGHfC,” says Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of the MGHfC. “In her new role, she will continue to build upon the division’s excellence in research and training to prevent chronic disease among children, improve the health of our patients throughout the course of the lives and also work to reduce and eliminate disparities in children’s health and in health care.”

Taveras, who previously founded and directed a multidisciplinary childhood obesity prevention clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston, is also an associate professor of Pediatrics at HMS as well as associate professor of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. As part of her extensive research, Taveras has studied the origins of obesity in young children, and examined diet, activity, sleep and weight determinants in older children, as well as interventional methods to prevent and manage obesity among mothers and children in the home, clinical and community settings. Her work in the early life origins of childhood obesity was cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and by the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.

“I am honored to join the Department of Pediatrics at MGHfC and the Division of General Pediatrics that under Dr. Perrin’s leadership has become nationally recognized for its advances in pediatric health services research and for influencing health policy in the U.S.,” says Taveras. “I hope to continue the MGHfC tradition of making meaningful contributions to individual and population health through research, clinical-community partnerships and advocacy.”

Read more articles from the 02/01/13 Hotline issue.

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