Research Overview

Dr. Niescierenko focuses her research on the provision of healthcare in humanitarian settings through system development, the development of emergency care systems for children as well as the role of children in humanitarian crises. Focusing in implementation and evaluation of health programs. Current and recent works include:

  • Global Health Cluster/World Health Organization Study Strengthening Global Capacity for Emergency Health Action with Avenir Avenir Analytics
  • Implementing a pediatric residency program with the Ministry of Health in Liberia. Supported by the Government of Liberia and the World Bank.
  • Assessing quality of hospital services for Palestinian in Lebanon for the United National Relief and Works Agency with Avenir Analytics
  • Implementing post ebola emergency care and infection control in the government hospital system of Liberia funded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Implementing quality improvement in the government hospital system of Liberia funded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Implementing ebola emergency response in the government of Liberia hospitals providing infection control and WASH support through training, mentorship, supplies and infrastructure funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
  • Assessed cross border health humanitarian aid provision in Northern Syria supported by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

About Michelle Niescierenko, MD, MPH

Michelle Niescierenko, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician, director of the Global Health Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Health Specialist with Avenir Analytics. The Boston Children's Global Health Program works to improve child health globally through partnerships for clinical quality improvement, education, research and advocacy in over 30 countries around the world. Avenir Analytics health focus on high quality humanitarian health systems interventions. She has experience in pediatric care and program development in China, Bolivia, Lesotho, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria. In Liberia she provided pediatric humanitarian aid in the immediate post-conflict setting partnering local remaining infrastructure to US academic institutions for the last 8 years. Through these partnerships, sustainable programs for health system rebuilding including physician education and care for vulnerable children were developed in Liberia. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak she led the Liberian hospital public health response utilizing a rapid deployment of training done by local healthcare workers. This work continued into Liberia’s recovery phase with implementation of a national program for hospital quality improvement and emergency care training.

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  1. Rees CA, Hotez PJ, Monuteaux MC, Niescierenko M, Bourgeois FT. Neglected tropical diseases in children: An assessment of gaps in research prioritization. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 01; 13(1):e0007111. View abstract
  2. McQuilkin PA, Niescierenko M, Beddoe AM, Goentzel J, Graham EA, Henwood PC, Rehwaldt L, Teklu S, Tupesis J, Marshall R. Academic Medical Support to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Liberia. Acad Med. 2017 12; 92(12):1674-1679. View abstract
  3. Steenhoff AP, Crouse HL, Lukolyo H, Larson CP, Howard C, Mazhani L, Pak-Gorstein S, Niescierenko ML, Musoke P, Marshall R, Soto MA, Butteris SM, Batra M. Partnerships for Global Child Health. Pediatrics. 2017 10; 140(4). View abstract
  4. McQuilkin PA, Udhayashankar K, Niescierenko M, Maranda L. Health-Care Access during the Ebola Virus Epidemic in Liberia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Sep; 97(3):931-936. View abstract
  5. Chao TE, Patel PB, Kikubaire M, Niescierenko M, Hagander L, Meara JG. Surgical Care in Liberia and Implications for Capacity Building. World J Surg. 2015 Sep; 39(9):2140-6. View abstract
  6. Cranmer H, Aschkenasy M, Wildes R, Kayden S, Bangsberg D, Niescierenko M, Kemen K, Hsiao KH, VanRooyen M, Burkle FM, Biddinger PD. Academic Institutions' Critical Guidelines for Health Care Workers Who Deploy to West Africa for the Ebola Response and Future Crises. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2015 Oct; 9(5):586-90. View abstract
  7. McQuilkin P, Marshall RE, Niescierenko M, Tubman VN, Olson BG, Staton D, Williams JH, Graham EA. A Successful US Academic Collaborative Supporting Medical Education in a Postconflict Setting. Glob Pediatr Health. 2014; 1:2333794X14563383. View abstract
  8. Wildes R, Kayden S, Goralnick E, Niescierenko M, Aschkenasy M, Kemen KM, Vanrooyen M, Biddinger P, Cranmer H. Sign me up: rules of the road for humanitarian volunteers during the Ebola outbreak. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2015 Feb; 9(1):88-9. View abstract
  9. Niescierenko M, Bachur R. Advances in pediatric dehydration therapy. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013 Jun; 25(3):304-9. View abstract
  10. Niescierenko ML, Cadzow RB, Fox CH. Insuring the uninsured: A student-run initiative to improve access to care in an urban community. J Natl Med Assoc. 2006 Jun; 98(6):906-11. View abstract
  11. Lema GM, Niescierenko ML, Vaughn C, Cadzow R, Fox CF. Medical Students Providing Access to Health Care in an Urban Free Clinic. American Association of Medical Colleges Annual Meeting. 2005. View abstract
  12. Langstein HN, Butler CE, Niescierenko ML, Yap LH, Robb GL. Bilateral Breast Reconstruction with TRAM Flaps: Do the Ends Justify the Means?. Journal Of Reconstructive Microsurgery/American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2005; 21. View abstract
  13. Niescierenko ML, Cadzow R, Fox CF. Insuring the Uninsured: a medical student run initiative to improve access to care in an urban community. North American Primary Care Research Group National Meeting. 2004. View abstract
  14. Niescierenko ML, Allen-Gil SA. Evaluation of preventative fungal treatment in fathead minnow (Pimephales Promelas) larval survival and growth. National Collegiate Undergraduate Research Conference. 2002. View abstract
  15. Niescierenko ML, Burgess HL, Allen-Gil SA. Effect of habitat degradation on the repruductive success of the fathead minnow (Pimephales Promelas). Tri-Beta Section VII Research Symposium. 2002. View abstract
  16. Niescierenko ML, Allen-Gil SA. Evaluation of preventative fungal treatments in fathead minnow (Pimephales Promelas) larval survival and growth. Bios. 2001; 72(4). View abstract
  17. Niescierenko ML, Allen-Gil SA. The Role of 17 Beta-estradiol in the female fathead minnow (Pimephales Promelas) reproduction in relation to stress. National Collegiate Honors Council. 2001. View abstract