Pediatrics – General Pediatrics
Dr. Michael Silverstein is the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM, as well as the Vice Chairman for Research for the Department of Pediatrics. He attended Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and completed his medical training at the University of Washington, where he also did his fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He joined the Boston University faculty in 2004.
Dr. Silverstein's work focuses on family-based mental health, specifically maternal depression, traumatic stress, and addiction in newborns and infants, among other topics that allow him to exercise his commitment to working with low-income and under-served children. This passion is something Dr. Silverstein pursues here at BMC as well as outside the hospital, having served as the medical Director at Action for Boston Community Development Head Start for more than seven years. He also sits on several committees whose objectives are concerned with improving access to and quality of care for disadvantaged populations. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.
Dr. William Adams is an epidemiologist, medical informatician, and practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is Director of BU-CTSI Clinical Research Informatics, Director of Child Health Informatics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. His research focuses on developing and evaluating information technology (IT)-based solutions for improving the quality of health and healthcare for children. His focuses include immunization registries, the child health EHR, patient-centered IT and clinical data warehousing for quality improvement and research. He is a member of the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) technical and programmatic teams. He is a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Partnership for Policy Implementation (PPI), a group of child health informaticians committed to improving AAP guideline quality including computability. He also serves as advisor to the AAP Center for Child Health Informatics and is a member of the AAP Steering Committee for the Quality Innovation Network.
Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist, and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network. She joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 2007. She received her AB from Princeton University, her MD from Yale School of Medicine, and ScD in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and completed residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health, including obesity, puberty and reproductive health. She has a specific interest in the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. Through the Vital Village Network, she is supporting the development of community-based strategies to promote child well-being in three Boston neighborhoods.
Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hospitalist. Her research focuses on creating family-centered, personalized interventions that will improve healthcare and outcomes for children with chronic medical conditions. She is focused on using rigorous methods to develop and test interventions for this population. She recently completed her fellowship at MassGeneral Hospital where she created a hospital-wide approach to the medical care of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is also actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the non-profit organization Music for Autism. In her spare time, she enjoys numerous outdoor adventures with her wife and daughter.
Dr. Emily Feinberg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM as well as an Assistant Professor at BUSPH's Department of Community Health Sciences. She uses her training in public health and pediatric nursing to focus on health policy issues that impact low income children and adolescents. Her research has focused on improving access to care and the quality of care for these children; she is also interested in developing new models of service delivery for children with autism and expanding the scope of early intervention programs to address family mental health. She is co-director of Project Solve, a set of research projects dedicated to preventing depression among mothers of vulnerable children. In her spare time, Dr. Feinberg heads for the mountains, where she enjoys backpacking with family, friends, and her dog.
Dr. Arvin Garg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM. He is also Associate Director of Medical Student Education for Pediatrics. He focuses his research and advocacy on community pediatrics and addressing the social determinants of health within the medical home.
Dr. Garg joined BUSM in 2010 after receiving his training at both Johns Hopkins University and Boston University Schools of Medicine (SOM), as well as the University of Connecticut SOM. He also worked in private practice for two years. He has been recognized by a diverse body of institutions for his outstanding service and commitment to teaching, research, and empowering families to live their healthiest possible lives. Dr. Garg lives in the Boston area with his wife and two daughters and is a self-professed Boston sports nut.
Dr. Patricia Kavanagh, a pediatrician and researcher at BUSM and BMC, focuses her work on improving care for children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). She was a fellow in BMC's General Pediatrics Fellowship Program from 2006-2009, and became a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics in 2009. Recent topics of study for Dr. Kavanagh have included follow-up care for infants diagnosed with SCD, and cost analyses of that care as well as a literature review of the same. In August 2011 Dr. Kavanagh received a K23 Career Development Award to study SCD-related pain in children. Since June 2011, she has also served as the Program Director of the Health Resources and Services Administration's Sickle Cell Disease and Newborn Screening Program at Boston Medical Center. In this role, she oversees various projects designed to enhance care delivery for individuals with SCD throughout their lives.
Caroline Kistin, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She works in the multidisciplinary Grow clinics for children with failure to thrive at Boston Medical Center and the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Caroline is originally from New Mexico. She came to Boston for her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program and stayed on to complete a clinical research fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine, based in the Division of General Pediatrics. Following fellowship, Caroline was awarded a career development grant from the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Her past research has focused on improving systems of care for abused and neglected children and on improving provider-parent communication with low-income families in general pediatrics. Most recently, she has combined these interests to focus on the development of a novel, theory-based intervention to prevent child maltreatment in high-risk families. When not at work, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Dr. Natalie Pierre-Joseph is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at BUSM and an Adolescent Medicine Specialist at BMC. Her passion in both her research and clinical work lies with addressing the reasons for high rates of HPV infection in adolescent girls and cervical cancer among low-income minority women, looking specifically at Haitian and African-American women. She is interested in social and cultural reasons why Haitian and African American girls delay and decline the HPV vaccine and wants to reduce the racial disparity in HPV vaccination and in cervical cancer mortality. She is working to increase knowledge about and the practice of HPV vaccination among these populations. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her children, is involved with activities through her church, enjoys going to the ballet and symphony, and is a former ballet dancer.
Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, the Medical Director of National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, and a Co-Principal Investigator with Children's Health Watch. She is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program, and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. Dr. Sandel has written numerous peer reviewed scientific articles and papers on the subject of how housing affects child health. She has served as a Principal Investigator for numerous NIH, HUD and foundation grants, working with the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve the health of vulnerable children, particularly with asthma. She has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, such as the National Center for Healthy Housing, both the National American Academy of Pediatrics' and Massachusetts Chapter's Committee on Environmental Health, and CDC Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.
Dr. Lenders is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a pediatric gastroenterologist and physician nutrition specialist with more than twenty years of experience in medical nutrition, obesity medicine, and global health. She obtained her MD degree from the State University of Liege in Belgium and completed her training at the Harvard School of Medicine. Since 2003, she has directed the Division of Pediatric Nutrition which includes an inpatient pediatric nutrition support service and an outpatient specialty obesity program at BMC. She joined the Division of General Pediatrics in 2007 to further pursue her academic interests, which include the study of drugs and nutrients affecting weight measures and health outcomes. She leads the medical school efforts to integrate nutrition medicine in the curriculum as well as a partnership between academia, government and hospitals to improve hospital nutrition in Vietnam. She receives federal and foundation support for her work and serves on several national advisory boards and committees. She has published her research findings and is the recipient of several awards.
Dr. Anne Merewood is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM and an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the BU School of Public Health. She gained her BA and PhD from Cambridge University in England, and her Masters in Public Health at BUSPH. In 2010, she received the BUSPH's Maternal Child Health Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Women Children and Families. Her areas of research are maternal child health, and specifically, breastfeeding and hospital change. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation, is widely published in the academic literature, and has served as a Principal Investigator on NIH, USDA, CDC and MCHB research grants. She is currently working as a consultant on the Baby-Friendly Hospital to NICHQ, several state collaboratives, and to the Indian Health Service.
Dr Megan Bair Merritt joined the faculty of Boston Medical Center as the Associate Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and as Fellowship Director in July 2013. She attended Tufts University and then received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr Bair Merritt did both residency and Academic General Pediatrics fellowship training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Subsequent to fellowship, she joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins, where she worked for seven years. Her research focuses on three inter-related areas: screening for intimate partner violence and other adverse childhood experiences in the pediatric setting; the impact of intimate partner violence on children's physical health and health care use; and developing innovative models of primary care to enhance integration of medical and behavioral health care. Dr Bair Merritt has worked with groups nationally to enhance identification and response to children living with violence. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter.
Dr. Michael Corwin
Dr. Corwin's research has been focused on the epidemiology and physiology of the sudden infant death syndrome. He has been PI of the Collaborative Home Infant Monitoring Evaluation (CHIME), the National Infant Sleep Position (NISP) surveys, the Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting Infant Care (SAFE) and Social Media and Risk-reduction Training for Infant Care Practices (SMART). Dr. Corwin also has been Co-Director of the Massachusetts Center for SIDS, Medical Director of the MCHB Program to Enhance Performance of SIDS/OID Initiatives and has participated in the SIDS Global Strategy Working group and NICHD 5-Year SIDS Research Plan Committee. Dr. Corwin has also conducted a large number of industry-sponsored studies directed at FDA approval of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and serves as a principal at Care-Safe.
Barry Zuckerman, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center. His work involves identifying factors contributing to low birth weight, maternal health, and most recently gene environment interaction. He is committed to better meeting the needs of low income and minority children and is responsible for launching Reach Out and Read, a program that provides books to children at each pediatric visit until age 5 in order to encourage parents to read aloud to their children. This program is in over 4,700 practices across the U.S.
Dr. Zuckerman also started the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at BMC, which uses legal advocacy in the health setting to address the non-biologic root causes of low-income children's health and developmental problems. He worked with colleagues to develop the Healthy Steps Program for Children, with results published in JAMA showing the positive impact on parenting behaviors that promote children's health and increased quality of care.
Dr. Zuckerman has edited twelve books, served on prestigious national committees, has been a consultant for UNICEF, received an Honorary Degree in Education from Wheelock College, and has received other recognition as well. He serves on numerous boards and committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a board member of Zero to Three – The National Center for Infants and Toddlers.
Dr. Margaret Parker is a staff neonatologist at Boston Medical Center and member of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Meg is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Meg completed her pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Oakland and her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. Meg has also completed her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health and pediatric health services fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston. Meg's research interests include prenatal and perinatal determinates of fetal and infant growth.
Dr. Howard Cabral
Howard Cabral, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. He is a Co-Director of the Biostatistics Graduate Program (M.A., Ph.D.) and the Biostatistics Consulting Group in the Department of Biostatistics and is the Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core of the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His research interests are in the analysis of longitudinal data, the effects of missing data on parameter estimation, and statistical computing. He has over 150 published articles and book chapters concerned with health research in economically disadvantaged families. His collaborative research includes studies of the effects of outreach to hard-to-reach patients with HIV, growth and neurodevelopment of children born exposed to cocaine in-utero through age 16, studies of linked data systems at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal project) examining the health and use of services of mothers and children born in the state, the long-term follow-up of body mass index in school-aged children in public schools, and studies of neurobiological changes in the brain during aging in the Framingham Heart study as well as the Department of Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Elisha Wachman
Dr. Elisha Wachman is a staff neonatologist at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine as of July 2013. She received her MD from the BU School of Medicine before pursuing her pediatric residency at Boston Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Wachman then completed her neonatology fellowship at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Her research focuses on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a condition infants may develop when exposed to addictive drugs during pregnancy. Specifically, she has been pursuing the genetic aspects of NAS. She is a Co-Investigator in an NIH funded project exploring optimal treatment options for NAS, as well as genetic variations and developmental outcomes in these high-risk infants. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children, and is also a violinist with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.
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Dr. Catherine Distler
Catherine Distler, MD, is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Medical Center and Associate Program Director in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Kate attended the University of Notre Dame for college, and obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. In July 2014, she began a two year Medical Education Fellowship, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School. Kate's interests lie in procedural training, team-based training, and other simulation applications. She has been involved in designing and implementing the Keystone Quarter, a longitudinal, integrated block that trains interns in advocacy, ambulatory pediatrics, development, and emergency medince. Kate currently lives in the South End and enjoys commuting by bike when weather permits.
Dr. Davida Schiff
Davida Schiff, MD, is a General Pediatrics Fellow at Boston Medical Center. She attended Columbia University, where she studied Earth and Environmental Engineering and earned her medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. She recently completed her pediatrics training in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the Boston Combined Residency Program, where she developed an interest in problematic substance use in pregnancy, substance exposed newborns (SENs), and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). As a fellow, Dr. Schiff will studey family-centered care models and implementation science and work to strengthen collaborations between OB/GYN, pediatrics, and addiction specialists. She hopes to develop integrated, trauma-informed services to improve care for SENs and their families. Davida lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband Sim and daughter Sydney Ella.
Dr. Morgan Walls
Morgan Walls, MD, is an Academic General Pediatrics Fellow at Boston Medical Center. She attended Hampton University for her undergraduate education and went on to earn her medical degree at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She remained at Vanderbilt following medical school to complete her pediatric residency training. Her research interests include understanding and addressing health disparities, particularly within the areas of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, which she will be investigating further during her time in fellowship. Outside of work, she is enjoying exploring the Boston area and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.