Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Lucy Marcil


Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and Associate Director for Economic Mobility in the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center. Her work focuses on creating innovative solutions to create financial and health equity. She currently is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the National Academy of Medicine and is working on family health and economic policy issues with the United States House of Representative’s Minority Whip, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA).

Dr. Marcil is the co-founder and Executive Director of Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) StreetCred program, which provides a bundle of economic resources (free tax and other financial services) to families while they are visiting the pediatrician’s office. Her work has helped spark a national movement to create Medical Financial Partnerships (MFPs); she leads the Health by Wealth Collective as an open-source tool for others interested in adopting this model and has spoken about her work for TED, the Aspen Institute, and the White House. She has been recognized with the American Academy of Pediatrics Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award. She is both a TED Fellow and an Aspen Ascend Fellow; her TED talk has reached over 1.4 million viewers.

Dr. Marcil previously served as interim director for the Leadership in Equity and ADvocacy (LEAD) Track of the Boston Combined Pediatric Residency Program.


  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Davidson College, BA


  • Published on 9/21/2023

    Marcil LE, Bredy GS, De Los Rios I, Sokoloff G, Bair-Merritt MH. Beyond Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Health and Wealth in Pediatric Primary Care. Acad Pediatr. 2024; 24(1):173-175. PMID: 37741494.

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  • Published on 5/1/2023

    Thomas HD, Sandel MT, Lentell A, James TL, Watson L, Valentin Y, Marcil LE. Promoting Housing-Based Asset Building Programs in Healthcare. Pediatrics. 2023 May 01; 151(5). PMID: 37021490.

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  • Published on 6/6/2022

    Alexander SP, Kim IC, Hatcher C, Suh HS, Ha Y, Marcil LE. Embedding Financial Services in Frequented, Trusted Settings: Building on Families' Pre-existing Economic Mobility Efforts. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2022 Sep 01; 43(7):e442-e451. PMID: 35943377.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Marcil LE, Thakrar MR. Association of Tax Preparation Service in a Pediatric Clinic With Increased Receipt of The Child Tax Credit. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Jun 01; 176(6):606-607. PMID: 35311927.

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  • Published on 11/1/2021

    Marcil LE, Hole MK, Jackson J, Markowitz MA, Rosen L, Sude L, Rosenthal A, Bennett MB, Sarkar S, Jones N, Topel K, Chamberlain LJ, Zuckerman B, Kemper AR, Solomon BS, Bair-Merritt MH, Schickedanz A, Vinci RJ. Anti-Poverty Medicine Through Medical-Financial Partnerships: A New Approach to Child Poverty. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Nov-Dec; 21(8S):S169-S176. PMID: 34740425.

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  • Published on 11/1/2021

    Beck AF, Marcil LE, Klein MD, Sims AM, Parsons AA, Shah AN, Riley CL, Bignall ONR, Henize AW, Kahn RS, Unaka NI. Pediatricians Contributing to Poverty Reduction Through Clinical-Community Partnership and Collective Action: A Narrative Review. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Nov-Dec; 21(8S):S200-S206. PMID: 34740429.

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  • Published on 9/4/2021

    Tummala S, Zhong W, Marcil LE. Embedding 529 College Savings Accounts in Pediatric Care: A Pilot Innovation. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Apr; 22(3):501-502. PMID: 34492376.

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  • Published on 7/17/2021

    Marcil LE, Barnett KG, Zuckerman B. Medical-Financial Partnerships - Beyond Traditional Boundaries. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jul 22; 385(4):289-291. PMID: 34279067.

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  • Published on 10/2/2020

    Marcil LE, Beck AF. A National Prescription for Health: Tax Credits. Pediatrics. 2020 11; 146(5). PMID: 33008844.

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  • Published on 8/19/2020

    Marcil LE, Campbell JI, Silva KE, Hughes D, Salim S, Nguyen HT, Kissler K, Hole MK, Michelson CD, Kistin CJ. Women's Experiences of the Effect of Financial Strain on Parenting and Mental Health. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2020 11; 49(6):581-592. PMID: 32822649.

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