The University of Virginia School of Medicine has named Endocrine Society member Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, chair of its Department of Pediatrics and who will serve as physician-in-chief for UVA Health Children’s.
Misra comes to UVA from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She is also the director of pediatric research and associate program director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Translational and Clinical Research Center, medical research officer at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate chief for academic faculty Development at Mass General for Children.
Misra has more than 15 years of leadership experience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she has also served as the fellowship program director for Pediatric Endocrinology, clinical director for the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and co-chair of the faculty development program at Mass General for Children. At the national level, she has held several leadership roles, including that of president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
Her research efforts include serving as director of the Pediatric Endocrine- Neuroendocrine-Sports Endocrine Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. Misra’s research has focused on how weight-related conditions from anorexia to obesity affect bones and the body’s hormone system, and her findings have had a significant impact on the management of low bone density in youth with low-weight eating disorders. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed original research papers and has co-edited two pediatric endocrine textbooks. Misra has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies for her research since 2004, and currently serves as principal investigator or multi-principal investigator on three NIH R01 grants and a Department of Defense grant.
As a clinician, Misra specializes in caring for children with neuroendocrine and bone disorders. During her tenure as chief for the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, she developed several specialty programs, including a multidisciplinary pediatric diabetes program at Mass General for Children that provides comprehensive care for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their families and expanded the division’s outreach efforts to serve patients at 10 satellite clinic locations.
Misra earned her medical degree from S.C.B. Medical College at Utkal University in India and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. After completing an internship at S.C.B. Medical College and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Institute of Medical Sciences in Varanasi, India, she went onto complete a residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in New York and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“I am delighted and deeply honored to serve as the next chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVA and physician-in-chief of UVA Children’s Hospital,” Misra says. “It will be my privilege to serve in these roles and to work with current leadership to take the department and the children’s hospital to the next level.”