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Amy Desrochers DiVasta, MD, MMSc

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Department:
Medicine ResearchSurgery Research
Division
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine ResearchGynecology Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title:
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Anorexia nervosa
Contact:
617-355-7181
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Research Overview



Current research:



•Boston Center for Endometriosis: Working together with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our team is compiling the largest database and biorepository of adolescents and young adults with endometriosis in the United States. We will utilize these data to learn more about the etiology of endometriosis, appropriate therapies, and prognostic information for the future. Dr. DiVasta is also conducting clinical trials investigating new therapies for endometriosis.



•Bone health in girls: Dr. DiVasta is studying skeletal health in girls with anorexia nervosa and completed a clinical trial using mechanical stimulation delivered via a vibrating platform to try to prevent the bone loss so commonly seen in patients with malnutrition.


About the Researcher

Dr. DiVasta received an MD from Tufts University School of Medicine and an MMSc from the Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Public Health. Awards include the Huffman Capraro Award for Excellence in Research (Young Investigator Award) from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2006) and the Von L. Meyer Award (2003).







Key Publications

2013. DiVasta AD, Feldman HA, Sadler J, and Missmer SA. Quality of Life in Adolescents Beginning Depot Leuprolide for Treatment of Endometriosis. Platform Oral Research Presentation, Pediatric Academic Society National Meeting.
 
DiVasta AD and Laufer MR. The use of gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues in adolescent and young patients with endometriosis. Current Opin Ob Gyn 2013; 25(4): 287-292. PMID 23770813




Youngster M, Laufer MR, and DiVasta AD. Endometriosis for the primary care physician. Current Opin Ped 2013; 25(4): 454-462. PMID 23817302




DiVasta AD, Laufer MR, and Gordon CM. Preservation of bone mineral density in adolescents treated with GnRH agonists and add-back therapy for endometriosis. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2007; 20:293-7.
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