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2013 - 2015
Erika Cheng, PhD
Lauren Fiechtner, MD
Timmy Ho, MD
Erin McNamara, MD
Daniel Shumer, MD
Margot Tang, MD
Lauren Wisk, PhD

2014 - 2016
Jennifer Baird, PhD
Scott Hadland, MD, MPH
Sarah Kunz, MD
Margee Louisias, MD
Jonathan Marron, MD

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.


Werdenberg 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).

Jennifer Baird, PhD

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.

Scott Hadland, MD, MPH

Scott Hadland, MD, MPH. Dr. Hadland is currently a first year fellow in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is a former Chief Pediatric Resident in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics, and undertook his medical training at Washington University. During medical school, he completed an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistical Methods awarded by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Since 2007, when he began collaborating with the Urban Health Research Institute in Vancouver, Dr. Hadland has conducted and published research on health issues of marginalized street youth, particularly around drug-taking and adverse health outcomes. In fellowship, Dr. Hadland aims to develop projects in two areas: exploring pathways to prescription opioid misuse; and, examining how policy changes around prescription and non-prescription drugs affect youth health outcomes. To support his policy-related research, Dr. Hadland will pursue a Masters in Science in Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Sarah Kunz, MD

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.

Margee Louisias, MD

Margee Louisias, MD. Dr. Louisias is a first year fellow in allergy-immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She completed her MD at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her research interests are focused on care provision for underserved populations, specifically improving access to and quality of care for underserved children with asthma. During fellowship, she will continue work with current mentor, Dr. Wanda Phipatanakul, examining classroom and school-specific factors for asthma morbidity in Boston’s inner-city schools, and also plans to develop work on the reduction of disparities in asthma and allergy through academic medical center and community health center partnerships. She will be based at IHI to develop her skills in interventional and partnership work.


Jonathan Marron, MD

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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