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Melissa Putman, MD

Melissa Putman MD
Medicine Research
Endocrinology Research
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Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Putman is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, adult endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology. She sees patients and participates in clinical research in the Divisions of Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her primary research goal is improving the care of children and young adults with chronic diseases to prevent the endocrine complications that may significantly affect their future adult lives. She has developed several research studies focused on improving our understanding and management of cystic fibrosis (CF) related endocrine disorders, including CF related diabetes and CF related bone disease. She is also collaborating with physicians in Orthopaedic Surgery and General Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital along with engineers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering on technology aimed at improving skeletal health in hospitalized infants and children.

For a full list of Dr. Putman’s publications, please see:


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  1. Putman MS, Greenblatt LB, Sicilian L, Uluer A, Lapey A, Sawicki G, Gordon CM, Bouxsein ML, Finkelstein JS. Young adults with cystic fibrosis have altered trabecular microstructure by ITS-based morphological analysis. Osteoporos Int. 2016 Aug; 27(8):2497-505.
  2. Baker JF, Putman MS, Herlyn K, Tillotson AP, Finkelstein JS, Merkel PA. Body composition, lung function, and prevalent and progressive bone deficits among adults with cystic fibrosis. Joint Bone Spine. 2016 Mar; 83(2):207-11.
  3. Putman MS, Baker JF, Uluer A, Herlyn K, Lapey A, Sicilian L, Tillotson AP, Gordon CM, Merkel PA, Finkelstein JS. Trends in bone mineral density in young adults with cystic fibrosis over a 15 year period. J Cyst Fibros. 2015 Jul; 14(4):526-32.
  4. Yu EW, Bouxsein ML, Putman MS, Monis EL, Roy AE, Pratt JS, Butsch WS, Finkelstein JS. Two-year changes in bone density after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Apr; 100(4):1452-9.
  5. Putman MS, Bouxsein ML, Finkelstein JS. Response letter to the editor. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jan; 100(1):L9-L10.
  6. Yu EW, Putman MS, Derrico N, Abrishamanian-Garcia G, Finkelstein JS, Bouxsein ML. Defects in cortical microarchitecture among African-American women with type 2 diabetes. Osteoporos Int. 2015 Feb; 26(2):673-9.
  7. Putman MS, Milliren CE, Derrico N, Uluer A, Sicilian L, Lapey A, Sawicki G, Gordon CM, Bouxsein ML, Finkelstein JS. Compromised bone microarchitecture and estimated bone strength in young adults with cystic fibrosis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Sep; 99(9):3399-407.
  8. Putman MS, Yu EW, Lee H, Neer RM, Schindler E, Taylor AP, Cheston E, Bouxsein ML, Finkelstein JS. Differences in skeletal microarchitecture and strength in African-American and white women. J Bone Miner Res. 2013 Oct; 28(10):2177-85.
  9. Putman MS, Gordon CM. 50 years ago in the Journal of Pediatrics: Neonatal fibrous dysplasia. Turner AF, Mikity VG, Meyers HI. J Pediatr 1963;62:936-7. J Pediatr. 2013 Jun; 162(6):1119.
  10. Putman MS, Gordon CM. Measures of the forearm via a portable device: ready for prime time? J Clin Densitom. 2013 Jan-Mar; 16(1):125-6.
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  12. Putman MS, Pitts SA, Milliren CE, Feldman HA, Reinold K, Gordon CM. A randomized clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation in healthy adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 May; 52(5):592-8.
  13. Ackerman KE, Putman M, Guereca G, Taylor AP, Pierce L, Herzog DB, Klibanski A, Bouxsein M, Misra M. Cortical microstructure and estimated bone strength in young amenorrheic athletes, eumenorrheic athletes and non-athletes. Bone. 2012 Oct; 51(4):680-7.
  14. Nichols BL, Nichols VN, Putman M, Avery SE, Fraley JK, Quaroni A, Shiner M, Sterchi EE, Carrazza FR. Contribution of villous atrophy to reduced intestinal maltase in infants with malnutrition. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2000 May; 30(5):494-502.
  15. Zeitoun K, Takayama K, Sasano H, Suzuki T, Moghrabi N, Andersson S, Johns A, Meng L, Putman M, Carr B, Bulun SE. Deficient 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 expression in endometriosis: failure to metabolize 17beta-estradiol. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1998 Dec; 83(12):4474-80.
  16. Nichols BL, Dudley MA, Nichols VN, Putman M, Avery SE, Fraley JK, Quaroni A, Shiner M, Carrazza FR. Effects of malnutrition on expression and activity of lactase in children. Gastroenterology. 1997 Mar; 112(3):742-51.
  17. Dudley MA, Shulman RJ, Reeds PJ, Rosenberger JN, Putman M, Johnston PK, Perkinson JS, Nichols BL. Developmental changes in lactase-phlorizin hydrolase precursor isoforms in the rat. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1992 Oct; 15(3):260-9.
  18. Nichols BL, Carrazza F, Nichols VN, Putman M, Johnston P, Rodrigues M, Quaroni A, Shiner M. Mosaic expression of brush-border enzymes in infants with chronic diarrhea and malnutrition. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1992 May; 14(4):371-9.
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