Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD
Dr. Broder-Fingert joined the fellowship program having already pursued health services research on issues relating to autism during her residency in Pediatrics at MGH. She has further developed this focus in her first year of fellowship, completing a project examining rates of overweight and obesity among children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developing a study of barriers and facilitators to a medical home for families with children with ASD. She has published two papers forthcoming in 2013 from her research: on the results of a parent survey examining the needs of hospitalized patients with ASD (Clinical Pediatrics); and, on racial and ethnic disparities in sub-specialty use by children with autism (Pediatrics). She also presented her work on overweight and obesity among children with ASD at PAS 2013.
Danielle DeCourcey, MD
Danielle DeCourcey is an Attending in Pediatric Critical Care and Assistant Medical Director of the Medicine Critical Care Unit at BCH. She joined the fellowship further into her career than average because of her growing interests in health services research in medical critical care, specifically in the area of medication reconciliation and complications of unintentional medication discontinuity. She also has interests in preventing cerebrovascular injury in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). She is PI on an ancillary R01 application to NHLBI on cerebrovascular injury in DKA.
Alisa Khan, MD
Dr. Khan is a Hospitalist fellow who joined the fellowship program after residency in Pediatrics at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center. During residency she became interested in the role of communication in improving efficiency and patient safety in the inpatient setting. In her first year of fellowship she has been working on two projects. The first, with mentor Chris Landrigan, is a study implementing structured, multidisciplinary evening family-centered rounds to improve patient experience and provider communication. She was awarded a grant from the Program for Patient Safety and Quality at BCH to support this research. Secondly, she undertook a project comparing pediatric readmissions to the same or different hospitals, working with Mark Schuster and program graduate, Jay Berry.
Louise Vaz, MD
Louise Vaz is a joint fellow with Pediatric Infectious Diseases at BCH. Her research interests include antibiotic use and misuse, disparities in health care delivery, and understanding consequences of health policies on health care associated infections. In her first year of fellowship, she has focused particularly on understanding variations in antibiotic dispensing for children 3-36 months of age. She presented this work locally at BCH Folkman Research Day in May and nationally at the 2013 Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. She also had a podium presentation at this year’s PAS.
Jennifer Woo-Baidal, MD
Jennifer Woo-Baidal is a third year GI fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and a 1st year Health Services Research Fellow. Her primary research interest is the implementation and evaluation of interventions to eliminate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in childhood obesity. Her current research focuses on improving early life systems to prevent childhood obesity in low-income populations. She is examining communication and resource needs among WIC providers to improve prevention of childhood obesity through WIC in collaboration with the Mass in Motion Kids campaign. She has also explored differences in obesity among children of US-born and immigrant mothers and presented this work at North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Annual Meeting 2013. She has published two papers this year in Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine and in Pediatrics.
Erika Cheng, PhD
Erika Cheng completed her PhD in the Department of Population Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her thesis was entitled The Impact of Childhood Disability on the Family and her Committee is chaired by our Program graduate, Dr. Whitney Witt. Dr. Cheng also served as a Research Assistant in her department. In this role, she worked on a number of projects including two RWJ awards and a HRSA/MCHB award in the area of preconception and contextual factors on child health outcomes. Erika Cheng holds a prior M.P.A in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and in 2009 she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, public affairs honor society. In fellowship, she plans to further her research examining life course aspects of perinatal and pediatric health (based at MGH).
Lauren Fiechtner, MD
Lauren Fiechtner is a joint fellow with Gastroenterology and Nutrition at BCH. She has a MD from Boston University and completed residency with the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP). Her undergraduate training was in sociology, with a focus on health and aging, at Michigan. Lauren has a longstanding interest in community-level predictors of obesity and other issues of health and equity for underserved populations. She has already begun work with Elsie Taveras on research regarding the built environment and obesity. Dr. Fiechtner plans to develop this further toward implementation and evaluation of community-based programs during fellowship.
Timmy Ho, MD
Timmy Ho is a joint fellow with Neonatology at BCH, and will be our first IHI-based fellow. He studied biology at MIT before his MD at Harvard Medical School and residency with BCRP. Dr. Ho has shown a flair for system innovation throughout his career so far —from developing an enhanced MIT EMT system, to technological tools to help the resident sign-out process. His research interests are in the costs of newborn care and optimizing the neonatal care for patients. In particular he is concerned about expensive care for infants at the border of viability, and how to counsel patients prenatally about the outcomes and probabilities.
Erin McNamara, MD
Erin McNamara is a Urology Fellow, who just to BCH from Duke this July for fellowship. At Duke she completed a cancer survivorship/reconstructive fellowship in Urology. She undertook her medical training at Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude and was indicted into Alpha Omega Alpha society. In fellowship, Dr. McNamara wants to apply her interests in sexual functioning, the transition from pediatric to adult care, and quality of life to improve services and counseling for patients with spina bifida.
Daniel Shumer, MD
Dan Shumer completed his medical training at Northwestern where he also undertook his undergraduate studies in psychiatry. He went to Vermont Children’s Hospital for pediatric residency and became Chief Resident. Dr. Shumer is a joint fellow in Endocrinology at BCH, where he has already taken a leading role within the Gender Management Service (GEMS). He brings a strong commitment to research that will develop our understandings of the prevalence of transgenderism, knowledge of current and best practice management for these patients, and the long-term physical and mental health outcomes of treatment.
Margot Tang, MD
Margot Tang is a second new joint fellow with Gastroenterology and Nutrition at BCH. Her undergraduate training was in Development Studies at Brown, where she graduated magna cum laude before pursuing her MD at UMass Medical Center. She completed residency with the BCRP. Dr. Tang spent a year between residency and GI fellowship in primary care at Boston Children’s, and became particularly interested in primary care identification of food insecurity and management of nutritional issues. For fellowship, she plans research on the relationship between food insecurity and health outcomes/access.
Lauren Wisk, PhD
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).