Deborah A. Frank, MD

Professor in Child Health and Well-Being, Pediatrics

Deborah Frank
617.414.5251
35 Northampton St

Biography

Deborah A. Frank serves as BUSM professor of Pediatrics; director, Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC); and founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatric and public health researchers working to improve child health. A highly respected national authority, she has testified before both the United States and Massachusetts legislatures on the growing national problem of hunger and its effects on children. Frank also leads research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on the effects of intrauterine exposure to cocaine and other substances on children’s long term development. She advocates at hearings and in the media against criminalizing addicted mothers or stigmatizing their children.

Frank has served on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Mayor’s Hunger Commission, the Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative and the Physicians Task Force on Childhood Hunger in Massachusetts. She has received awards in recognition for her work including the 2004 Standing Ovation Award, Massachusetts Human Services Coalition; 2007 Woman of Valor Award, Jewish Funds for Justice; 2008 Woman of Justice Award, Boston Lawyer’s Weekly, and more recently in 2010 Dr. Frank received the Massachusetts Health Council Outstanding Leadership Award and the Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. Frank is the author of more than 50 papers and articles.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

Education

  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • Radcliffe College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Poblacion A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Frank DA, Esteves G, Rateau LJ, Heeren TC, Coleman S, Black MM, Cutts DB, Lê-Scherban F, Ochoa ER, Sandel M, Sheward R, Cook J. Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale for Use in Clinical and Research Settings in the United States. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10S):S89-S102.e4. PMID: 37730309.

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  • Published on 7/10/2023

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Miller DP, Raifman J, Cutts DB, Bovell-Ammon A, Frank DA, Jones DK. Reduced health care utilization among young children of immigrants after Donald Trump's election and proposed public charge rule. Health Aff Sch. 2023 Aug; 1(2):qxad023. PMID: 38756243.

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  • Published on 6/10/2023

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Ahmad N, Bruce C, Poblacion A, Rateau LJ, Coleman SM, Black MM, Frank DA, Lê-Scherban F, Henchy G, Ochoa E, Sandel M, Cutts DB. Child Care Feeding Programs Associated With Food Security and Health for Young Children From Families With Low Incomes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10):1429-1439. PMID: 37302653.

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  • Published on 4/7/2023

    Lê-Scherban F, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Coleman S, Rateau L, Cutts D, Black M, Heeren T, Frank DA. Association Between Material Hardship in Families With Young Children and Federal Relief Program Participation by Race and Ethnicity and Maternal Nativity. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e230508. PMID: 37083823.

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  • Published on 2/7/2023

    Parker MG, de Cuba SE, Rateau LJ, Shea M, Sandel MT, Frank DA, Cutts DB, Heeren T, Lê-Scherban F, Black MM, Ochoa ER, Rose-Jacobs R, Garg A. Associations of household unmet basic needs and health outcomes among very low birth weight children. J Perinatol. 2023 Mar; 43(3):364-370. PMID: 36750715.

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  • Published on 11/5/2022

    Bovell-Ammon A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Lê-Scherban F, Rateau L, Heeren T, Cantave C, Green KA, Frank DA, Cutts D, Ochoa E, Sandel M. Changes in Economic Hardships Arising During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Differences by Nativity and Race. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Apr; 25(2):483-488. PMID: 36334182.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Cutts DB, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Wellington C, Coleman SM, Frank DA, Black MM, Ochoa E, Chilton M, Lê-Scherban F, Heeren T, Rateau LJ, Sandel M. Eviction and Household Health and Hardships in Families With Very Young Children. Pediatrics. 2022 Oct 01; 150(4). PMID: 36120757.

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  • Published on 2/10/2022

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Mbamalu M, Bovell-Ammon A, Black MM, Cutts DB, Lê-Scherban F, Coleman SM, Ochoa ER, Heeren TC, Poblacion A, Sandel M, Bruce C, Rateau LJ, Frank DA. Prenatal WIC Is Associated with Increased Birth Weight of Infants Born in the United States with Immigrant Mothers. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022 Aug; 122(8):1514-1524.e4. PMID: 35151905.

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  • Published on 1/31/2022

    Parker MG, de Cuba SE, Rateau LJ, Sandel MT, Frank DA, Cutts DB, Heeren TC, Lê-Scherban F, Black MM, Ochoa ER, Garg A. Household unmet basic needs in the first 1000 days and preterm birth status. J Perinatol. 2022 03; 42(3):389-396. PMID: 35102255.

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  • Published on 11/1/2021

    Tang MN, Adolphe S, Rogers SR, Frank DA. Failure to Thrive or Growth Faltering: Medical, Developmental/Behavioral, Nutritional, and Social Dimensions. Pediatr Rev. 2021 Nov; 42(11):590-603. PMID: 34725219.

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