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.
Lauren Fiechtner, MD
Lauren Fiechtner, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Mass General for Children: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Program
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114
- MD, Boston University School of Medicine
- MPH, Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health
- Residency, Boston Medical Center
- Residency, Children's Hospital of Boston
- Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics
- Pediatrics, 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.
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