When she began a research project in 1998 as a third year pediatric resident at Maimonides, Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, did not suspect this would define the course of her career.
“I spoke with Dr. Henry Anhalt, then the pediatric endocrinology chief, about a project,” recalls Dr. Misra, currently an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. “We worked on co-morbidities of obesity, my introduction into research involving metabolic issues associated with over-nutrition.” It was natural then for her to move into more complex research involving the extremes of nutrition during her subsequent fellowship and young faculty years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she branched into the study of anorexia nervosa, in addition to obesity.
Today, Dr. Misra is a leading researcher in neuroendocrine alterations in conditions of under-nutrition and over-nutrition, particularly as they pertain to bone metabolism and metabolic risk. She is Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Program at MGH, Associate Director of the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center and Associate Chair of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Research Council. She is past Chair of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee and an invited member of the Research Council of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
As she trains physicians today, Dr. Misra incorporates many lessons learned at Maimonides. “The hands-on approach to training and close involvement of the program director with resident education that I experienced as a resident have been instrumental in guiding my role as a program director at MGH,” she says. “Many of the innovations I have implemented stem from my experiences during residency.”