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Overview

Within MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Department of Pediatrics is the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, an internationally-known academic research division dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through:

  • Excellence in prevention and reduction of the burden of chronic disease among children; reduction and elimination of disparities in children’s health and healthcare; and improving the health of populations across the lifecourse through innovations in research, patient care, education, and community advocacy.
  • Preparing and supporting primary care pediatricians in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships.

Until 2012, the Division was directed by James M. Perrin, MD. Dr. Taveras joined the Division as Chief on April 1, 2013. With its multidisciplinary faculty staff of physicians and doctoral-level pediatric researchers, the Division carries out multidisciplinary research in academic general pediatrics. Faculty are supported by project managers, clinical research coordinators, analysts and administrative assistants.

Research Projects

Training

Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship
Optimizing the well-being of children is essential to assure health and economic productivity in adulthood. The goal of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship is to train outstanding researchers who can address critical gaps in primary care for children and fundamentally improve the capacity of the US health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. Learn more.

Research Positions

Faculty Positions, Division of General Academic Pediatrics

The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is seeking applications for full-time faculty members at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MGHfC is an academic research division dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through:

  • Excellence in prevention and reduction of the burden of chronic disease, including obesity, among children;
  • Reduction and elimination of disparities in children’s health and healthcare; and
  • Improving the health of populations across the lifecourse through innovations in research, patient care, education, and community advocacy.

We also seek to prepare and support primary care pediatricians in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships. Faculty in the Division receive research funding from NIH, PCORI, CDC, Maternal Child Health Bureau, foundations, and private donors.

Clinician-researchers and non-clinician doctoral-level researchers are invited to apply. The Division seeks candidates with expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, community-based research, health services research, clinical trials, epidemiology, or related fields, to build independent research programs across a range of priority areas including maternal-child health, substance use, pediatric asthma, sleep, and health disparities. Successful applicants will generally have a track record of federal funding or plans to seek such funding, a record of high quality peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team. We seek to attract an active and diverse faculty. Academic rank at Harvard Medical School (Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor) and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Part-time clinical practice opportunities are possible in general pediatrics as are joint appointments across other Harvard institutions.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent peer-reviewed publication, career development application specific aims, and names of 3 references to:

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH,
Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Email to: rcournoyer@mgh.harvard.edu

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Obesity-Focused Faculty Positions, Division of General Academic Pediatrics MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School

The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School is seeking applications for full-time faculty members at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with a research focus on obesity prevention and management. The faculty member will develop, implement, and evaluate research studies on obesity and related behaviors including nutrition, physical activity, and sleep health. The position provides a unique opportunity to develop and translate evidence-based approaches to obesity prevention into interventions that directly impact children’s health and to rigorously evaluate the impact of such interventions across clinical and community settings.

The Division of General Academic Pediatric is a research division in the Department of Pediatrics within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), a leading pediatric research institution. The Division of General Academic Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through: (1) prevention and reduction of the burden of chronic disease among children; (2) elimination of disparities in children’s health and healthcare; (3) improving the health of populations across the lifecourse; and (4) preparing and supporting primary care pediatricians and pediatric public health practitioners in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships.

Clinician-researchers and non-clinician doctoral-level researchers are invited to apply. The Division seeks candidates with expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, health services research, clinical trials, epidemiology, or a related field to build independent research programs in obesity. Successful applicants will generally have a track record of federal funding or plans to seek such funding, a record of high quality peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team. We seek to attract an active and diverse faculty. Academic rank at Harvard Medical School (Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor) and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Part-time clinical practice opportunities are possible in pediatric weight management and/or general pediatrics as are joint appointments across other Harvard institutions.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent peer-reviewed publication (if available), and names of 3 references to:

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH,
Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Email to: rcournoyer@mgh.harvard.edu

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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