Elizabeth Hechavarria Yen, M.D.
|Title||Instructor in Pediatrics|
|Institution||Children's Hospital Boston|
Division of Gastroenterology & Nutrition
300 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115
I am a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with special interest in the GI manifestations of cystic fibrosis, and also in the diagnosis and management of eosinophilic esophagitis, with special emphasis on development of biomarkers. Current investigations on the role of early childhood nutrition on survival and outcomes in cystic fibrosis show that attainment of higher weight and height percentiles at a young age predict better outcomes and survival at 18 years of age. I enjoy teaching, am involved in courses at the medical school, and teach residents and fellows in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.
After training in General Pediatrics at the University of Washington, I became a GI fellow at Children's Hospital Boston. During fellowship, I did mucosal immunology research with Dr. Wayne Lencer. Following training, I joined the GI faculty at Children's Hospital Boston, in a Clinician Educator track. I worked closely with the founder of the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases Clinic to start this multidisciplinary clinic. I then initiated the reintegration of gastroenterology services in the Cystic Fibrosis Center Clinic at Children's Hospital Boston. I have active collaborations with external CF GI experts to evaluate national CF registry data for nutritional and gastrointestinal disease manifestations and outcomes.
I have been active in teaching of medical students since joining the faculty. My contributions have mainly been as a tutor to groups of 7 to 10 medical and dental students during their first and second years of school. I have also developed lectures for residents and fellows in eosinophilic esophagitis, food allergies, and chronic diarrhea.
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