Elsie Taveras, M.D., M.P.H.

Physician Investigator (Cl)
Pediatrics, Mass General Research Institute
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Executive Director
Kraft Center for Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020
Mass General Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
MPH Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health 2003
MD New York University School of Medicine 1997
body mass index; children; community health; healthy eating; mothers; obesity; obesity prevention; overweight; parents; pediatrics; sleep; television

Dr. Taveras is a pediatrician, clinical epidemiologist, and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the lifecourse to prevent obesity and chronic diseases, especially in underserved populations.

Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions—to identify and quantify risk factors—and to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention.

She has published over 200 research studies and has received continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Diabetes Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Boston Foundation, among many other federal and foundation sources.