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Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH

Eric Fleegler MD MPH
Department:
Medicine Research
Division
Emergency Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Associate in Medicine
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH is a pediatric emergency physician and health services researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He was a political science major at Brown University, earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his masters in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has 14 years’ experience leading large-scale research projects and performing injury prevention research with a focus on violence and firearm fatalities. He is the founder and director of HelpSteps (www.helpsteps.com), a web and mobile-based system for helping families with social problems connect to social services, which is the backbone referral system for the Boston Public Health Commission. He is also the co-founder and co-director of TriVox Health (www.trivoxhealth.com), a web and mobile system used clinically to manage over 5000 patients with chronic diseases, including ADHD, asthma, autism, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and other conditions.  TriVox Health is currently in use in 10 clinics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outside institutions. His injury work has focused on evaluating the role of legislation in reducing injury fatalities, especially related to firearms, and understanding the epidemiology of firearm violence. He is the recipient of over two-dozen grants and has published over 30 original research articles including in JAMA Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and others.

Research lab

TriVox Health

Research Focus Areas

  • Health-related social needs and improving families access to social services (HelpSteps)
  • Internet-based management of chronic diseases (TriVox Health)
  • Injury prevention/fire arm violence

Key articles:
1. Families' health-related social problems and missed referral opportunities. Fleegler EW, Lieu TA, Wise PH, Muret-Wagstaff S. 
Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):e1332-1341.
2. Attempts to Silence Firearm Injury Prevention. 
Fleegler E, Monuteaux M, Bauer S, Lee L. 
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012: 42(1):99-102. 
3. Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Fatalities in the United States. 
Fleegler EW, Lee LK, Monuteaux MC, Hemenway D, Mannix R. 
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(9):732-740.
4. Firearm ownership and violent crime in the United States: An ecological study Monuteaux MC, Lee LK, Hemenway D, Mannix R, Fleegler EW.
Am J Prev Med 2015. 49(2):207-214.
5. Improving Social Determinants of Health: Effectiveness of a web-based intervention 
Hassan A, Blood EA, Pikcilingis A, Krull E, McNickles L, Marmon G, Woods ER, Fleegler EW.
 Am J Prev Med. 2015 Dec;49(6):822-31.
6. Geographic Disparities in Access to Agencies Providing Income-related Social Services. 
Bauer S, Monuteaux M, Fleegler EW. 
Journal of Urban Health. 2015; 92(5): 853-863.
7. County Poverty Concentration and Disparities in Unintentional Injury Deaths: A Fourteen-Year Analysis of 1.6 Million U.S. Fatalities. 
Karb RA, Subramanian SV, Fleegler EW.
PLoS One. 2016 May 4;11(5):e0153516. 
8. Food Insecurity and the Burden of Health-Related Social Problems in an Urban Youth Population. 
Baer TE, Scherer EA, Fleegler EW, Hassan A. 
J Adolesc Health. 2015 Dec;57(6):601-7. 
9. Pain and Prejudice. 
Fleegler EW, Schechter NL. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov;169(11):991-3. 


Publications

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  1. Levy DE, Klinger EV, Linder JA, Fleegler EW, Rigotti NA, Park ER, Haas JS. Cost-Effectiveness of a Health System-Based Smoking Cessation Program. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Sep 17.
  2. Monuteaux MC, Mannix R, Fleegler EW, Lee LK. Predictors and Outcomes of Pediatric Firearm Injuries Treated in the Emergency Department: Differences by Mechanism of Intent. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Jul; 23(7):790-5.
  3. Karb RA, Subramanian SV, Fleegler EW. County Poverty Concentration and Disparities in Unintentional Injury Deaths: A Fourteen-Year Analysis of 1.6 Million U.S. Fatalities. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0153516.
  4. Woods ER, Bhaumik U, Sommer SJ, Chan E, Tsopelas L, Fleegler EW, Lorenzi M, Klements EM, Dickerson DU, Nethersole S, Dulin R. Community Asthma Initiative to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Disparities Among Children with Asthma. MMWR Suppl. 2016 Feb 12; 65(1):11-20.
  5. Baer TE, Scherer EA, Fleegler EW, Hassan A. Food Insecurity and the Burden of Health-Related Social Problems in an Urban Youth Population. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Dec; 57(6):601-7.
  6. Fleegler EW, Schechter NL. Pain and Prejudice. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov; 169(11):991-3.
  7. Bauer SR, Monuteaux MC, Fleegler EW. Geographic Disparities in Access to Agencies Providing Income-Related Social Services. J Urban Health. 2015 Oct; 92(5):853-63.
  8. Hassan A, Scherer EA, Pikcilingis A, Krull E, McNickles L, Marmon G, Woods ER, Fleegler EW. Improving Social Determinants of Health: Effectiveness of a Web-Based Intervention. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 49(6):822-31.
  9. Lee LK, Monuteaux MC, Burghardt LC, Fleegler EW, Nigrovic LE, Meehan WP, Schutzman SA, Mannix R. Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities in States With Primary Versus Secondary Seat Belt Laws: A Time-Series Analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 4; 163(3):184-90.
  10. Monuteaux MC, Lee LK, Hemenway D, Mannix R, Fleegler EW. Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.: An Ecologic Study. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Aug; 49(2):207-14.
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  12. Kreatsoulas C, Hassan A, Subramanian SV, Fleegler EW. Social disparities among youth and the impact on their health. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2015; 6:37-45.
  13. Haas JS, Linder JA, Park ER, Gonzalez I, Rigotti NA, Klinger EV, Kontos EZ, Zaslavsky AM, Brawarsky P, Marinacci LX, St Hubert S, Fleegler EW, Williams DR. Proactive tobacco cessation outreach to smokers of low socioeconomic status: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 175(2):218-26.
  14. Fleegler EW, Monuteaux M, Mannix R. Firearm legislation and gun-related fatalities--reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 25; 173(21):2011-2.
  15. Mannix R, Lee LK, Fleegler E. Red state blue state. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Aug; 20(8):858-9.
  16. Fleegler EW, Lee LK, Monuteaux MC, Hemenway D, Mannix R. Firearm legislation and firearm-related fatalities in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 13; 173(9):732-40.
  17. Hassan A, Blood EA, Pikcilingis A, Krull EG, McNickles L, Marmon G, Wylie S, Woods ER, Fleegler EW. Youths' health-related social problems: concerns often overlooked during the medical visit. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Aug; 53(2):265-71.
  18. Sahyoun C, Fleegler E, Kleinman M, Monuteaux MC, Bachur R. Early identification of children at risk for critical care: standardizing communication for inter-emergency department transfers. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Apr; 29(4):419-24.
  19. Mannix R, Fleegler E, Meehan WP, Schutzman SA, Hennelly K, Nigrovic L, Lee LK. Booster seat laws and fatalities in children 4 to 7 years of age. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):996-1002.
  20. Wylie SA, Hassan A, Krull EG, Pikcilingis AB, Corliss HL, Woods ER, Fleegler EW. Assessing and referring adolescents' health-related social problems: qualitative evaluation of a novel web-based approach. J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Oct; 18(7):392-8.
  21. Brett-Fleegler M, Rudolph J, Eppich W, Monuteaux M, Fleegler E, Cheng A, Simon R. Debriefing assessment for simulation in healthcare: development and psychometric properties. Simul Healthc. 2012 Oct; 7(5):288-94.
  22. Monuteaux MC, Lee L, Fleegler E. Children injured by violence in the United States: emergency department utilization, 2000-2008. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 May; 19(5):535-40.
  23. Fleegler EW, Monuteaux MC, Bauer SR, Lee LK. Attempts to silence firearm injury prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Jan; 42(1):99-102.
  24. Meehan WP, Fleegler E, Bachur RG. Adherence to guidelines for managing the well-appearing febrile infant: assessment using a case-based, interactive survey. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Dec; 26(12):875-80.
  25. Hassan A, Fleegler EW. Using technology to improve adolescent healthcare. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Aug; 22(4):412-7.
  26. Lee LK, Fleegler EW, Forbes PW, Olson KL, Mooney DP. The modern paediatric injury pyramid: injuries in Massachusetts children and adolescents. Inj Prev. 2010 Apr; 16(2):123-6.
  27. Fleegler EW, Lieu TA, Wise PH, Muret-Wagstaff S. Families' health-related social problems and missed referral opportunities. Pediatrics. 2007 Jun; 119(6):e1332-41.
  28. Graham RJ, Fleegler EW, Robinson WM. Chronic ventilator need in the community: a 2005 pediatric census of Massachusetts. Pediatrics. 2007 Jun; 119(6):e1280-7.
  29. Binstadt BA, Fleegler EW. Perforated appendicitis in a child with Henoch-Schönlein purpura. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Feb; 40(2):E24-7.
  30. Woodward GA, Fleegler EW. Should parents accompany pediatric interfacility ground ambulance transports? Results of a national survey of pediatric transport team managers. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2001 Feb; 17(1):22-7.
  31. Woodward GA, Fleegler EW. Should parents accompany pediatric interfacility ground ambulance transports? The parent's perspective. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000 Dec; 16(6):383-90.
  32. Lee LK, Fleegler EW, Farrell C, Avakame E, Srinivasan S, Hemenway D, Monuteaux MC. Firearm Laws and Firearm Homicides: A Systematic Review. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Nov 14.
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