Kristen T. Leeman, MD

Physician in Medicine; Associate Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services

Specialties

  • Newborn Medicine

Departments

  • Medicine
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Philosophy of Care 

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential:

Families: We practice family-integrated care; we encourage families to be at the center of all we do, understanding and participating in the care of their baby.

Doctors: At BCH we have an enormous breadth and depth of world-class medical and surgical subspecialists who cover all aspects of pediatric medicine and who are continuously innovating new diagnostics and novel therapies to treat newborn diseases. The treatment of each patient is coordinated by our attending neonatologists.

Nurses: We have highly experienced neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners who devote themselves to the bedside care of babies and their families, working in a primary team model to promote consistency. We are the only NICU in the country to have received the Gold Level Beacon award, a testimony to the extraordinary performance of our nurses.

Ancillary staff: this includes respiratory therapists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and interpreters who all work with us to meet our patients’ needs.

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2006

Charlottesville, VA

Internship

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital, 2007

Chapel Hill, NC

Residency

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital, 2009

Chapel Hill, NC

Fellowship

Harvard Medical School Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship , 2011

Boston, MA

Chief Fellowship

Harvard Medical School Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship , 2012

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

  • Pediatrics

Professional History

I was raised in Richmond, Virginia and attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my M.D. from University of Virginia and completed my residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then completed my Neonatology Fellowship at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and was honored to serve as Chief Fellow during my last year of training. I am currently a faculty member of the Department of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s and a clinical attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing care to critically ill infants. I am also the Director of the Newborn Medicine Basic Science Research Seminar Series and the Co-Director of the Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program. My research focuses on basic science discoveries that bridge newborn medicine and lung stem cell biology. My work is based in the laboratory of Dr. Carla Kim at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. My project goals focus on the role of lung stem cells in lung injury and repair. I am currently investigating the regulation of lung stem cell differentiation in the setting of injury, microenvironmental changes, and the extremes of age.

Publications

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  1. Casey A, Dirks F, Liang OD, Harrach H, Schuette-Nuetgen K, Leeman K, Kim CF, Gerard C, Subramaniam M. Bone marrow-derived multipotent stromal cells attenuate inflammation in obliterative airway disease in mouse tracheal allografts. Stem Cells Int. 2014; 2014:468927.
  2. Lakshmanan A, Leeman KT, Brodsky D, Parad R. Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows. Med Educ Online. 2014; 19:24403.
  3. Sinkevicius KW, Kriegel C, Bellaria KJ, Lee J, Lau AN, Leeman KT, Zhou P, Beede AM, Fillmore CM, Caswell D, Barrios J, Wong KK, Sholl LM, Schlaeger TM, Bronson RT, Chirieac LR, Winslow MM, Haigis MC, Kim CF. Neurotrophin receptor TrkB promotes lung adenocarcinoma metastasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 15; 111(28):10299-304.
  4. Leeman KT, Fillmore CM, Kim CF. Lung stem and progenitor cells in tissue homeostasis and disease. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2014; 107:207-33.
  5. Ghanta S, Leeman KT, Christou H. An update on pharmacologic approaches to bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Semin Perinatol. 2013 Apr; 37(2):115-23.
  6. Tropea K, Christou H. Current pharmacologic approaches for prevention and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Int J Pediatr. 2012; 2012:598606.
  7. Bassett E, Vaisman A, Tropea KA, McCall CM, Masutani C, Hanaoka F, Chaney SG. Frameshifts and deletions during in vitro translesion synthesis past Pt-DNA adducts by DNA polymerases beta and eta. DNA Repair (Amst). 2002 Dec 5; 1(12):1003-16.
  8. Tropea KA, Leder E, Aslam M, Lau AN, Raiser DM, Lee JH, Balasubramaniam V, Fredenburgh LE, Alex Mitsialis S, Kourembanas S, Kim CF. Bronchioalveolar stem cells increase after mesenchymal stromal cell treatment in a mouse model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2012 May 1; 302(9):L829-37.
  9. Leeman KT, Dobson L, Towne M, Dukhovny D, Joshi M, Stoler J, Agrawal PB. NPHP3 mutations are associated with neonatal onset multiorgan polycystic disease in two siblings. J Perinatol. 2014 May; 34(5):410-1.
  10. Christou H, Dizon ML, Farrow KN, Jadcherla SR, Leeman KT, Maheshwari A, Rubin LP, Stansfield BK, Rowitch DH. Sustaining careers of physician-scientists in neonatology and pediatric critical care medicine: formulating supportive departmental policies. Pediatr Res. 2016 Nov; 80(5):635-640.
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