Heather E. Hsu, MD, MPH Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
AB, Brown University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Heather Hsu, MD, MPH is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She has an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies from Brown University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Hsu's research interests center around the impact of value-based care environments on health equity and the financial well-being of the healthcare safety-net, particularly in the areas of infectious diseases and substance use. She also serves as the Scientific Director of Boston Medical Center's Clinical Data Warehouse for Research (https://www.bmc.org/research/clinical-data-warehouse-cdw).

Within the Department of Pediatrics and Boston Combined Residency Program, Dr. Hsu is a founder and lead faculty mentor for Health Equity Rounds, a solutions-oriented, resident-led, case-based conference series focused on illuminating and eliminating the impact of racism, bias, and other intersectional forms of systemic oppression on health and healthcare (https://www.bmc.org/health-equity-rounds).

Improving value-based healthcare delivery for opioid use disorder
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (PI)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS/NIH

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists
04/01/2022 - 10/14/2023 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University, BUMC Doris Duke Fdn

Preventing Avoidable Infectious Complications by Adjusting Payments (PAICAP) II
09/30/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) DHHS


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  1. Xie W, Hsu HE, Shafer PR, Podolsky MI, Stokes AC. Metabolic Disease and The Risk of Post-COVID Conditions: A Retrospective Cohort Study. medRxiv. 2024 Mar 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38585713; PMCID: PMC10996723; DOI: 10.1101/2024.03.26.24304845;
  2. Christine PJ, Lodi S, Hsu HE, Bovell-Ammon B, Yan S, Bernson D, Novo P, Lee JD, Rotrosen J, Liebschutz J, Walley AY, Larochelle MR. Target trial emulation for comparative effectiveness research with observational data: Promise and challenges for studying medications for opioid use disorder. Addiction. 2024 Mar 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38519819
  3. Wang RY, Anand NS, Douglas KE, Gregory JC, Lu N, Pottorff AE, Hsu HE. Formula for a Crisis: Systemic Inequities Highlighted by the US Infant Formula Shortage. Pediatrics. 2024 Jan 01; 153(2). PMID: 38196392; PMCID: PMC10827642; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2023-061910;
  4. Egan KA, Xuan Z, Hofman M, Ma Shum J, Fernández-Pastrana I, Fiechtner L, Sandel M, Buitron de la Vega P, Kistin CJ, Hsu H. Food Pantry Referral and Utilization in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Mar; 66(3):444-453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37813171; PMCID: PMC10922354; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2023.10.006;
  5. Karim SA, DeCelle MG, Hale AE, Spencer DJ, Zhang YJ, Hsu HE, Ballal SA. Implementing Health Equity Huddles in Pediatric Gastroenterology Inpatient Education. Acad Pediatr. 2023; 23(8):1520-1521. PMID: 37301283
  6. Pandey A, Eastman D, Hsu H, Kerrissey MJ, Rosenthal MB, Chien AT. Value-Based Purchasing Design And Effect: A Systematic Review And Analysis. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 Jun; 42(6):813-821. PMID: 37276480; DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2022.01455;
  7. Rainer T, Lim JK, He Y, Perdomo J, Nash KA, Kistin CJ, Tolliver DG, McIntyre E, Hsu HE. Structural Racism in Behavioral Health Presentation and Management. Hosp Pediatr. 2023 May 01; 13(5):461-470.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37066672; PMCID: PMC10714315; DOI: 10.1542/hpeds.2023-007133;
  8. Barocas JA, Savinkina A, Lodi S, Epstein RL, Bouton TC, Sperring H, Hsu HE, Jacobson KR, Schechter-Perkins EM, Linas BP, White LF. Projected Long-Term Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic on Hepatitis C Outcomes in the United States: A Modeling Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Aug 24; 75(1):e1112-e1119.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34499124; PMCID: PMC8522427; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciab779;
  9. Mathew R, Salinas JL, Hsu HE, Jin R, Rhee C, Lee GM. Pediatric surgical site infections in 287 hospitals in the United States, 2015-2018. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Jun; 44(6):968-970. PMID: 35801814; PMCID: PMC10111852; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2022.154;
  10. Sperring H, Hofman M, Hsu HE, Xiao Y, Keohane EA, Lodi S, Marathe J, Epstein RL. Risk Factors for Admission Within a Hospital-Based COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Jul; 9(7):ofac320.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35899280; PMCID: PMC9278211; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofac320;
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Health Equity
Public Policy
Health Care Value
Infection Control
Payment policy
Substance Use Disorders

I am the lead faculty mentor for Boston Medical Center's Health Equity Rounds program, a case-based, solutions-oriented grand rounds conference series that aims to understand and mitigate the impacts of structural racism and other forms of intersectional systemic oppression on health and healthcare. I mentor approximately 25 pediatric residents in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics in the development of this conference series annually. I have also mentored faculty and trainees at approximately 60 other institutions in Health Equity Rounds program implementation.

My research expertise is health services research and epidemiology, with a focus on the impact of value-based care on health and healthcare equity. I have successfully mentored medical students, residents, and fellows in the development and publication of research projects and the development, implementation, and publication of medical education curricula.

In mentoring, I view my role as facilitating individuals’ personal and professional growth/advancement in a manner aligned with their values and goals.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
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