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Dr. Frank attended Radcliffe College where, with mentorship from Dr. Renee C. Fox and the late Dr. Mary C. Howell, she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1970. Following college graduation, she worked as a social work assistant in the Lead Poisoning clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and was active working with community groups in developing the Massachusetts Lead Paint Law. During this time, she discovered that she wanted to serve young children by becoming a pediatrician and completed what would now be called a Post-Bac program. In 1976, she graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Strongly interested in child development, she served as a fellow at Children’s Hospital in Boston under Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. She began working at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) in 1981. In 1984 she found the Failure to Thrive Program at Boston City Hospital, now called the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center. In the 1980s, Dr. Frank and her staff also started a small food and clothing pantry in their offices to serve Grow Clinic patients, after finding that the families did not have financial resources to provide the high quality diet necessary for children’s recovery of growth and health. It was the first hospital-based food pantry in the country, and thanks to Boston Medical Center donors, is now open to all Boston Medical Center patients. The food pantry provides 7,000 patients and family members with nutritious, healthy food each month. Pantry staff members also teach low-income families how to cook healthy meals, empowering parents to help their children grow into healthy adults.
In 1998, she founded Children’s Health Watch (formerly Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program, C-SNAP). With colleagues across the country, she is one of the principal investigators of this ongoing effort to produce non-partisan, original and policy-relevant research on the health of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, whose needs are often not promptly identified in government research programs. Children’s HealthWatch works to improve young children’s nutrition, health, and development by informing policies that could address and alleviate their families’ economic hardships. She has also received NIH funding to evaluate the long term outcomes of children with and without intrauterine exposure to cocaine and other substances.
Dr. Frank has written numerous scientific articles and papers. Her work has focused on breastfeeding promotion, women and children affected by substance use, nutrition among homeless pregnant women and children, Failure to Thrive, food insecurity, and the “heat or eat” phenomenon, the dilemma that many low-income families face in the winter when they have to make the critical choice between heating their homes and feeding their children. She is especially proud of successfully mentoring many pre-professional and professional colleagues.
Cited as a respected authority in her fields, Dr. Frank has frequently given testimony to state and federal legislative committees on the growing problem of hunger and associated hardships in the United States and its effects on our youngest children. Dr. Frank was the sole physician appointed to the 10 member National Commission on
Hunger in 2014. She was also recruited to serve on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Food Insecurity and Health Care Costs.
In 2011 she became the inaugural incumbent of a newly established Pediatric Professorship in Child Health and Well Being at Boston University School of Medicine
In 2010 Dr. Frank received the Massachusetts Health Council Outstanding Leadership Award and the Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. She received the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ Embracing the Legacy Award on June 3, 2014, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award on June 6, 2014, and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Award on June 24, 2014. She received two awards in 2015 one national --- Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award, American Academy of Pediatrics and the other regional -- Changing the Equation Award, Eos Foundation. In 2016 the Grow clinic was the recipient of the Nick Littlefield Award for Excellence in Community Health.
Dr. Frank is married to Rabbi Neil Kominsky, with whom she has a blended family, including Rabbi David Kominsky, who is married to Eva Schweber; Dr. Daniel and Sara Kominsky and their two children, Cecelia Grace and Solana; as well as Jonathan Frank Kominsky, who is a PhD candidate in developmental psychology at Yale University.
Dr. Frank was recently informed by a 4 year old in the clinic that she was “a grandma doctor,” which encapsulates her current role as a clinician, researcher, mentor and advocate.
Dr. Natalie Whaley is an assistant professor in the department of OB/GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Dr. Whaley received her undergraduate at Drew University where she majored in history and minored in chemistry. Prior to attending medical school Dr. Whaley completed an Americorps year, working in emergency overnight homeless shelters in downtown Seattle.
Dr. Whaley earned her medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed residency training in OB/GYN at University of Rochester. After residency, Dr. Whaley received an MPH from Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a fellowship in Family Planning at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Whaley’s academic interests include: reproductive health policy, health disparities, contraceptive care for medically complex women and abortion stigma.
Dave Munson, MD, is an internist on the Street Team at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and the Medical Director of The Barbara McInnis House. Dave earned his undergraduate degree in the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine at The University of Chicago, received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care at the Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2013-2015, Dave was a Practitioner in Community Medicine at the Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership. In this role, he sought to understand how homeless people use hospitals and how their transition to the community could be improved. Dave's role at BHCHP involves work on a multidisciplinary team that provides primary health care to the subset of Boston's homeless population that does not stay in shelters and providing clinical and operational oversight for BHCHP's 104-bed medical respite facility in the South End.
Sharad Jain, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he serves as Residency Director of the primary care medicine residency program. In addition to serving as a primary care physician, Dr. Jain is an advisory college mentor for the School of Medicine and has received several teaching awards for his commitment to medical education and his efforts to promote health equity.
Raised in Maine.
2000-2004 Undergraduate: Colby College, BA in East Asian Studies, concentration in Japanese 2004-2006
Bone marrow transplant clinical research at BIDMC through Harvard Cancer Center
2006-2010 Boston University School of Medicine, MD Participated in LeBoHa - Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance during 4th year of medical school. This is a program that sends fourth year medical students and residents to Lesotho in southern Africa to work in hospitals.
2010-2016 Internship/Residency in general surgery University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.
2016- General surgery practice at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, ME.
Associate Professor Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Johns Hopkins Bayview Baltimore, MD 21224
Dr. Annamalai is assistant professor in both internal medicine and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Her academic interest is in integrating general medical and psychiatric care for vulnerable populations. One of her populations of interest is resettled refugees. She is the director of the adult Yale Refugee Clinic that provides medical screening for all newly arrived refugees in the Greater New Haven area. She mentors a core group of internal medicine residents interested in global health. She is the editor of a book, ‘Refugee Health Care’.