Anna Chin, MD, MPH
I am currently a third-year pediatric endocrinology fellow at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. I graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School and also completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UMass. Before attending medical school, I obtained my MPH at Dartmouth Medical School and spent a gap year working as a Patient Safety Fellow through the VA National Center for Patient Safety.
I enjoy caring for all endocrine conditions, but have a predilection for type 1 diabetes, especially in the adolescent and young adult age group. I also enjoy addressing clinical care in the context of public health and healthcare policy. I chose pediatric endocrinology because some of my most meaningful interactions with patients were those with endocrine conditions. Endocrinology has an impact on every organ system in the body, and to understand those effects is critical in generating a differential diagnosis, determining the work up, and eventually coming up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. One of my favorite things about being a pediatric endocrinologist is explaining diagnoses and treatments to patients and their families in a way that helps them understand what is going on in their body, and how treatment helps keep them healthy.
During residency, I was fortunate to be exposed to a group of pediatric endocrinologists who were passionate about patient care, research, and providing a positive clinical experience for trainees. One of my mentors, Dr. Penny Feldman, helped cultivate a passion for endocrinology. Along the way, she held my hand as I navigated my first IRB submission. In fellowship, I have been surrounded by so many mentors who have made the last 3 years an immensely positive experience of personal and professional growth, scientific curiosity, and support in career development that fits my personal interests and long-term goals. My fellowship director and research mentor, Dr. Lisa Swartz Topor, has been monumental in guiding my fellowship experience to incorporate all my professional interests as well as be my strong general voice of reason when life gets tough. Our division chief, Dr. JB Quintos, has led by example the importance of living every day with purpose, integrity, and compassion. Drs. Monica Serrano Gonzalez and Meghan Fredette have been wonderful role models as they develop their careers as young and driven female physicians. After completion of fellowship, I will be pursuing a non-clinical role as Associated Medical Director of Pharmacovigilance and Benefit-risk Management at a pharmaceutical company in Boston, MA. This role will allow me to incorporate all aspects of my educational and professional skills in public health, patient safety, and clinical care. Eventually, I hope to be involved in their type 1 diabetes research pipeline.