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Lauren Wisk undertook her PhD in the Department of Population Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health mentored by Whitney Witt. Her thesis was: The effects of family-level healthcare related financial burden on unmet healthcare need and changes in health status among US families. Dr. Wisk has a very impressive number of presentations and papers from her doctoral research, including a first authored paper in Pediatrics 2012. She has received several awards (e.g. APHA, APA) for her abstracts and posters. In our fellowship Lauren will continue her work on access and barriers to healthcare within the context of the family and the impact of the roll-out of the PPACA on the health delivery system (based at DPM).
Jennifer Baird, PhD. Jennifer Baird is currently completing a PhD in Family Health Care Nursing at UCSF. Her dissertation examines interactions between parents of children with chronic complex conditions and healthcare providers in the PICU, with a particular focus on communication and interactions between parents and nurses. In fellowship, she plans to expand this work to explore concepts of quality of care for children with CCC and their families and the correlation between perceived quality and family-centeredness and objective outcome measures (for example, length of stay, readmissions, etc.). In addition to being a registered nurse working in pediatric intensive care, Dr. Baird holds a Masters in Social Work and certification in early childhood intervention/childhood special education.
Sarah Kunz, MD. Dr. Kunz will join our program as a joint fellow with Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, where she was a Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Kunz completed Pediatric Residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital before moving to Boston for fellowship training in neonatology. Her research interests focus on the ways in which access to and management of perinatal health services impact on birth and long-term outcomes for children. In particular, she plans fellowship studies to characterize patterns and outcomes of neonatal transport, and thus to identify opportunities for improvement in safety and efficacy.
Dr. Marron will be a joint fellow with Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Following his medical training at UCLA and pediatrics residency at Stanford, Dr. Marron pursued fellowship training in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research interests lie at the intersection of medical ethics and HSR, and he will bring this unique perspective to fellowship work on medical decision-making in pediatric hematology and oncology. He has specific interests in decision-making around stem cell transplant for sickle cell disease and the genomic testing of pediatric tumors, with broader interests in the analysis of physician's and parents' decisions regarding novel or cutting-edge therapies. In addition to his role as a fellow, Dr. Marron also serves as an Associate in Ethics at Boston Children's Hospital.
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