Featured SPR Member
February 2016


Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and an attending pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fleisch received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She completed residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center and fellowship in endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital. She participated in the Harvard-wide pediatric health services research fellowship and received a Masters of Public Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Fleisch joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 2013. Her research is focused on the extent to which prenatal and early life environmental exposures are associated with childhood cardiometabolic health. For example, in the Boston-area Project Viva cohort, she has demonstrated that higher ambient air pollution exposure during pregnancy is associated with maternal hyperglycemia, low fetal growth, and rapid infant weight gain, a mileau that may prime infants for adverse cardiometabolic health later in life. Dr. Fleisch is the principal investigator of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and her research is also funded by an Environmental Health Faculty Development Award at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Fleisch received the Academic Pediatric Association Michael Shannon Research Award in 2012. She is a co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Special Interest Group and an affiliated faculty member and advisor to the New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

View Dr. Fleisch's articles in PubMed