Lauren Klein, MD
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Pediatrics - Duke University, Durham, NC
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell Duke Fogarty Global Health Fellowship - Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Nutrition to support optimal growth and development; Care for children hospitalized with gastrointestinal disorders
Dr. Klein’s research focuses on developing and implementing targeted nutritional interventions to prevent and treat malnutrition across the lifespan in people with sickle cell disease in low- and high-income settings. While a Vanderbilt Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellow, her research program was supported by the Training in Gastroenterology T32. She also completed a Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell Duke Fogarty Global Health fellowship in Accra, Ghana, west Africa, focused on the risk factors for low birth weight in infants born from mothers with sickle cell disease. During her fellowship, she helped lead a randomized controlled trial for children with sickle cell disease and severe acute malnutrition in Nigeria. Dr. Klein plans to submit a career development award to build upon this work to improve the treatment of children with sickle cell disease and malnutrition.