Lauren Fiechtner MD, MPH

Director of Nutrition, Division of Gastroenterology and Pediatric Health Outcomes Research, Mass General Hospital for Children; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics a Harvard Medical School. She is a board-certified pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist and nutrition physician, a clinical epidemiologist, obesity and food insecurity researcher. She is the director of the Center for Feeding and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. She also serves as the Senior Health and Research Advisor at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Dr. Fiechtner has expertise in epidemiologic investigations, neighborhood food environment, social determinants of health, health services research, implementation science, direction of randomized controlled trials and infant microbiome research. She has helped lead several randomized controlled trials to treat childhood obesity in clinic and community settings. She is the principal investigator of a Centers for Disease Control-funded Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration grant that seeks to implement evidence-informed childhood obesity management practices in community health centers to reduce disparities in childhood obesity. In addition, her work with the Greater Boston Food Bank has sought to improve access to food assistance programs by understanding the prevalence of food insecurity and barriers and facilitators to accessing food pantries and federal food assistance programs.