Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH, is an environmental health researcher at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, a pediatric endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. 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 the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Fleisch’s 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 later adverse cardiometabolic health.
Dr. Fleisch is the principal investigator of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research has also been funded by an Environmental Health Faculty Development Award at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She received the Academic Pediatric Association Michael Shannon Research Award in 2012 and an Endocrine Society Early Career Investigator Award in 2016.
Dr. Fleisch 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. She sees endocrinology patients at the Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic at Maine Medical Center.