suzanne-mclaughlinThis month’s Member Spotlight features Dr. Suzanne McLaughlin.  Suzanne is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and has been the Med-Peds Program Director at Brown University since 2008.

“Our program is very driven by resident interests, and our clinic – where I’m also the medical director – is a great example.  Our primary care site was founded by Dr. Betsy Toll in 1998. She and Dr. Sybil Cineas built a shared attending-resident care model, and that level of resident responsibility has also fostered a lot of innovations in care. Residents and faculty have used NMPRA, AAP CATCH and foundation grants to pioneer clinic programs in refugee care, LGBTQ services, mentoring, transition and patient-centered medical home.  Current projects are centered on a new QI curriculum led by our PGY4 clinic chief and the PGY2 class, an adolescent male peer-mentoring series and being selected to join a statewide pilot consortium for medical home transformation.

I have four kids between the ages of 8 and 16 – so my (and my husband Martin’s) hobbies are pretty much keeping up with them – which means a lot of coaching soccer teams, cheering on basketball teams, enjoying dance recitals and, most recently, student driving. As a family, we love Block Island for bike riding and wave jumping, cooking/baking almost anything, and a lot of hiking (the White Mountain’s Appalachian Mountain Club huts are favorites). When we’re home we’re highly susceptible to thinking we can pull off projects if we can search out how-to on the internet (backyard ice rink? Replace the kitchen sink/disposal? Swiss raclette?…we’ll try it!)”

In this section, we would like to spotlight individual MPPDA members who are doing amazing and innovative things in education, clinical programs, or community service with their Med-Peds programs.  If you would like to nominate an individual MPPDA member, please leave us a comment below or email us at