Adolescent and Young Women’s Care at Boston Children’s Hospital


Marc R. Laufer, M.D.
Chief of Gynecology
Boston Children’s Hospital

Marc Laufer, MD
Chief of Gynecology, Boston Children’s Hospital

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1986

Residency/Fellowship:
Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1990
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Reproductive Endocrinology, 1992
Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 1992

Clinical Interests: Congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, endometriosis, gynecologic surgery, pelvic pain

Dr. Laufer, Director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis, Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health and Chief of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is devoted to caring for young women with endometriosis and is determined to help find a cure. As a gynecologist, Dr. Laufer has treated both young and older women with endometriosis and has recognized that symptoms including; painful periods, pelvic pain, painful urination, etc, often begin during the teenage years. These symptoms are frequently misunderstood and treatment is commonly delayed when early treatment is possible. Dr. Laufer has spent most of his career not only caring for adolescent girls and adult women with endometriosis; helping to relieve their pain and preserving their fertility, but also conducting clinical research studies to help find a cure.


Amy DiVasta, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Boston Children’s Hospital

Amy DiVasta, MD, MMSc

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1999

Residency/Fellowship:
Stanford University, Pediatrics, 2002
Boston Children’s Hospital, Adolescent Medicine, 2006

Amy DiVasta went to Wellesley College with a BA in Psychobiology, and then completed medical school at Tufts University. After a few years on the West Coast for pediatric residency at Stanford, Dr. DiVasta returned to New England for an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital…and never left! She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and focuses her clinical work on the health and wellbeing of adolescent girls. Following her nationally funded research on skeletal Health in adolescents and young women with anorexia nervosa, Dr. DiVasta has expanded her unique clinical studies to endometriosis treatment. Her recent results regarding its impact on wellness, quality of life, and bone health have been published in high impact journals and presented nationally. In 2015, she received the Evelyn J. Laufer Award for Best Oral Presentation from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Outside of work, Dr. DiVasta enjoys running, reading, traveling, and being a mom to her 3 kids!


Amanda French, M.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital

Amanda French, MD

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, 1997

Residency/Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2001

Dr. French is a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. She is an associate gynecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Division of Gynecology, Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Lalita Haines, M.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital

Lalita Haines, MD

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1990

Residency/Fellowship:
Harvard University, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1994

Dr. Haines is a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and has been on staff in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1994. She joined the Division of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2008.


Phaedra Thomas, R.N., B.S.N.
Boston Children’s Hospital

Phaedra Thomas, RN, BSN

Phaedra Thomas is a nurse educator, experienced project leader, and the Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health. She also coordinates the Boston Children’s Hospital League’s Resource Center, the Youth Advisory Program, and the Peer Mentoring Program. In 2003 Phaedra received the David Weiner Award for her leadership and innovations in teen health. She is passionate about empowering teen girls and young women to understand and take the best possible care of their heath.