Multidisciplinary Care Approach for Children with PFD

April 13, 2023 10:45 am

Presentation Summary

This presentation will overview MGHfC Center for Feeding & Nutrition’s model of multidisciplinary care for children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder, including assessment and treatment, for virtual, in-person, and hybrid settings. Attendees will learn how each discipline contributes to care as one of a team with the family at the forefront.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the necessary components to multidisciplinary care for children with PFD
  2. Evaluate barriers to implementation of multidisciplinary care for children with PFD
  3. Apply concepts learned to hospital and non-hospital clinical settings


  • Jessica Sorbo

    Jessica Sorbo MS, CCC-SLP

    Jessica Sorbo has worked at MGH since 2015 and currently sees patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to Feeding & Nutrition Center, she has worked in various multidisciplinary clinics serving patients with PFD, including those focused on aerodigestive disorders, Down Syndrome, and post-NICU discharge. Her clinical and research interests include managing complex dysphagia and bridging gaps between inpatient and outpatient care for children with PFD.

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  • Lauren Fiechtner

    Lauren Fiechtner MD, MPH

    Lauren Fiechtner interests include preventing childhood obesity in the community and improving care for patients with PFD. She has presented her work at the Pediatric Academic Societies, the Obesity Society and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition annual meetings. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Childhood Obesity, Preventive Medicine and Journal of National Medical Association.

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  • Victoria Martin

    Victoria Martin MD, MPH

    Victoria Martin's clinical and research interests include the developing infant microbiome and its potential role in gastrointestinal food allergic diseases, including allergic proctocolitis and eosinophilic esophagitis. She has a special interest in caring for young infants with PFD in the outpatient setting.

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  • Simona Lourekas

    Simona Lourekas MS, RD, LDN, CHES

    Simona Lourekas has been a pediatric dietitian at MGH since 2021 and has worked in Feeding & Nutrition Center since then. She currently sees a wide range of pediatric outpatients with complex nutrition needs within the Food Allergy Center and general pediatric gastroenterology. She has special interest and expertise in formula types and has regularly presented information to pediatricians and gastroenterologists to help patients with PFD during the 2022 formula shortage and recalls.

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  • Meaghan Alexander

    Meaghan Alexander MS, RD, LDN

    Meaghan Alexander has extensive experience in pediatric medical nutrition therapy. She has worked at MGH since 2009, both as part of their inpatient team and in their outpatient pediatric specialty clinics for cardiology and endocrinology. In addition to her work in Feeding & Nutrition Center, Meaghan has worked in the Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic for pediatric weight management alongside a pediatric cardiologist, pediatrician, behavioral psychologist, and health coach. She teaches a course in Clinical Dietetics to graduate nutrition students at Framingham State University.

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