Speakers

Jill Baker, Jessica H. Chao, Eileen Costello, Mei Elansary, Jennifer Fiore, Alexander Friedman, Porsche (Dolrudee) Jumlongras, Sadiqa Kendi, Shari King, Lucy Marcil, Kristin Reed, Vishakha Sabharwal, Amy E. Sobota, Jodi Wenger

Jill Baker, MSW, LICSW

Boston Medical Center
Clinical Social Worker
Pediatric Primary Care

Jill Baker, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the SOFAR clinic (Supporting our Families through Addiction and Recovery) at Boston Medical Center. Jill started at BMC in 2015 after graduating with her Masters in Social Work. She has worked in many different areas through the hospital including pediatric primary car, inpatient pediatrics and the emergency department. Jill also serves as a member of the Child Protection Team. Jill began working for SOFAR when the program started in July 2017. Since then, Jill has developed a particular interest in working with families who are struggling with substance abuse. She specifically supports parents to ensure they are accessing their own mental and medical care with the hopes this will enhance the parent/child bong and long term outcomes for the family unit.

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Jessica H. Chao, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Chao is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. She practices as a Pediatric Neurologist at Boston Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics through the Boston Combined Residency Program, and in Pediatric Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She enjoys incorporating education and advocacy training through her clinical work. She is also dedicated to addressing issues of patient safety and promoting quality improvement as the Lead for the Department of Pediatrics.

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Eileen Costello, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics
Medical Director of SOFAR Clinic

Dr. Costello is a clinical professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. She directs the pediatric primary care clinic and is medical director of the SOFAR (Supporting Our Families through Addiction and Recovery) program, a dyad model of care for children of mothers with substance use disorders. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Northwestern University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston City Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital and was a chief resident at Boston City Hospital. She has additional training in autism and in psychopharmacology as well as in the integration of behavioral health into pediatric primary care. Her current and ongoing clinical interests include high quality pediatric primary care, care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders or mental health disorders, and care of children affected by the opioid epidemic. She is the co-author of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In. A second edition was published by the AAP in February 2021.

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Mei Elansary, MD, MPhil

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center | Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Elansary is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She practices as a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her Masters in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University. She completed her training in Pediatrics through the Boston Combined Residency Program, and in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research and clinical interests are in maternal stress and trauma and early childhood development.

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Jennifer Fiore, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Primary Care
Comprehensive Care Program

Jennifer Fiore, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a general pediatrician in Pediatric Primary Care and the Comprehensive Care Program. Dr. Fiore graduated from Harvard College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed general pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her interests are in pediatric primary care and primary care for children with special health care needs

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Alexander Friedman, MPH

Project Coordinator, Autism Friendly Initiative
The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center

Alexander J. Friedman, MPH is the Project Coordinator of the Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center, which aims to improve the healthcare experience for patients with autism and their families. In this role, Alexander is responsible for the oversight of the Initiative's interventions related to staff training, systems improvement, and resource development. Alexander closely collaborates with professional and community stakeholders to strengthen and expand the scope of the Initiative's work, and to ensure that all work is driven by best practice. Alexander also serves as the Trainings & Operations Specialist for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death. In this role, he helps to advance the Center's mission by organizing and delivering training support to key community stakeholders, such as the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. On a national level, Alexander has also helped to equip childcare and healthcare professionals with the tools to better understand the complexity of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, as well as the tools to better provide care to our patients with autism

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Porsche (Dolrudee) Jumlongras, DDS, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Interim Program Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Porsche Jumlongras is Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatric Dentistry and Clinical Director of the Pediatric Oral Healthcare Center at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). She is currently serving as Interim Program Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Training Program at Boston University.
Dr. Jumlongras received her dental degree from Mahidol University in Thailand. She completed her residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine followed by a PhD in molecular genetics from Harvard University. She completed a postdoctoral training in developmental biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in pediatric dentistry.
Her clinical and research interests are human molecular genetics and craniofacial growth and development.

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Sadiqa Kendi, MD, FAAP, CPST

Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow
Division Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Boston University School of Medicine

Sadiqa A.I. Kendi, MD, FAAP, CPST is the division chief of the pediatric emergency medicine division at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kendi is an expert in pediatric injury prevention, with a focus on health equity. She is an active researcher and legislative advocate who has used her platform to bring important injury prevention concepts to the public through various media outlets, including NBC national news, CNN, and Sirius XM radio. She currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, which develops policies and processes for reducing the burden of childhood injuries nationwide. She is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a program for future public health leaders.
Dr. Kendi is a 2006 AOA graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training in the highly regarded Social Pediatrics Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center where she also spent an additional year as a Pediatric Chief Resident. Dr. Kendi completed fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to coming to BMC, Dr. Kendi was on the faculty at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, where she served as medical director of Safe Kids DC, and director of the first Safety Center in the District of Columbia, founded to provide injury prevention equipment and education to families in need

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Shari King, MA. MPH

Program Director
The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center
The Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant & Child Death

Shari King, MA, MPH is the Program Director for the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death and Boston Medical Center Autism Program in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She provides clinical oversight of both programs, personnel management, public relations, program implementation and strategic planning, coordination and delivery of training and clinical consultation, and advocacy and community networking. Ms. King has an extensive background working in the fields of education and health care by providing direct service to children and families and managing programs that serve to promote their resiliency through psychosocial support, enhanced provider education and community collaborations. Her team of resource specialists has curated a wealth of dynamic resource information on autism services, including a Parent Information Packet (translated into multiple languages), an online Resource Directory, a Transition to Adulthood Manual and an E Newsletter. Ms. King served as Co-Chair of the CDC's MA Act Early State Team Outreach Task Force and sits on the Steering Committee for the Butler/Shapiro Task Force. At BMC, where she has been for the past thirteen years, Ms. King has worked intensely with community partners such as the Boston Public Schools, DPH-funded Autism Support Centers, Boston Police Department and Boys & Girls Clubs to strengthen and empower the city's most marginalized families, most especially those representing cultural, religious and ethnic minorities.

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Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Boston University
Associate Director of Economic Mobility for the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family

Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and social entrepreneur whose work focuses on improving child health and creating health equity through financial empowerment. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University and Associate Director of Economic Mobility for the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family. She co-founded and is the Executive Director of StreetCred, a nonprofit providing financial services to low-income families in the doctor’s waiting room. She completed her MD at the University of Pennsylvania, MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and pediatrics training at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Harvard University, Boston University). For her work, Dr. Marcil has been recognized with the American Academy of Pediatrics Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award and has been named TED Fellow.

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Kristin Reed, C-CHW

Family Navigator
Primary Care Pediatrics/SOFAR Clinic
Boston Medical Center

Kristin Reed is a Certified Community Health Worker. Kristin has been part of the Pediatrics Family Navigation Team since 2015 and works along a team of Navigators supporting families to address barriers to care and social determinants of health. Kristin has been an integral part of the SOFAR Team since its inception in July 2017 where she provides individualized support to families and caregivers to navigate complex systems of care and governmental agencies, minimizing barriers with goal of decreasing no show rates and adherence to care while increasing self-management goals. Kristin aims to guide families through important periods of their child’s development and her goal is to enable parents and families to access resources within the hospital and the community.

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Vishakha Sabharwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Attending Pediatrics Infectious Diseases
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Sabharwal is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Medical Center and Pediatrics Infectious Disease Attending at Boston Medical Center. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Fellowship program and works closely with residents and fellows. She works both in the International and Refugee Clinic where and Boston Public Health TB clinic in addition to inpatient consults. Herresearch interests include mother to child transmission of viral infections like HCV and now have a special interest in SARS –Cov2. We have been collecting data on mother infant pairs who were infected with COVID and interested in looking at the rates of perinatal transmission in additional to maternal outcomes. In additional she has been involved in developing testing, treatment protocols in children with COVID. She is a Co-Investigator in the Pfizer COVID vaccine trials at Boston Medical Center. She is also leading a clinical trial treating children 3-12 years old with chronic Hepatitis C with the new Direct Acting Agents. Finally, she is also pursuing Translational Research in a Chinchilla Otitis Media Model where we are interested in the trans tympanic approach to treatment of Otitis Media.

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Amy E. Sobota, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Pediatric Hematologist and Medical Oncologist
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Sobota is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Boston Medical Center. She graduated from Harvard College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. Dr. Sobota completed pediatric residency and chief residency at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. She completed training with a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children's Hospital Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sobota's clinical and research interests focus on improving care for individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease, specifically around the transition from pediatric to adult care.

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Jodi Wenger, MD

Course Director
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Comprehensive Care Program
Grow Program

Jodi Wenger, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and graduate of Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Boston Medical Center. She was Chief of Pediatrics on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona before transitioning back to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH as a hospitalist and a general pediatrician at the multidisciplinary spina bifida clinic. She has always had an interest in children with special health care needs and was very happy to return to Boston Medical Center to offer primary care for children with special health care needs with the Comprehensive Care Program. She has published, lectured and advocated on topics related to these children.

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