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Tufts University School of Medicine

Laura K. Grubb

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Laura K. Grubb

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone ​617-636-5255
Campus: Boston

Biography

​Dr. Laura K. Grubb is an adolescent medicine specialist and general pediatrician with research interests in juvenile detention health care, adolescents’ access to contraception, validating General Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) questionnaires and improving information (from teens) acquisition in adolescent clinic visits. Her academic areas of interest include health care reform implementation, single payer model realization in Vermont and cost effectiveness of health care interventions, specifically birth control counseling and initiation in detained adolescents. Grubb has been involved in policy and public health including a policy internship at the AAP Federal Affairs Office in Washington, DC, AAP Advocacy Day for which she received a scholarship, and extensive involvement in quality improvement projects at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Academy of Pediatrics News. Additionally, Grubb has a strong history of volunteer and teaching service including as a volunteer physician at the San Jose Clinic and as an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation. Grubb previously served as faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and UTSCH, practicing emergency pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and Lyndon Baines Johnson County Hospital. Prior to that, she served seven years in the Navy as a pediatrician and general medical officer. As a Navy pediatrician, she directed the newborn nursery at Naval Hospital Bremerton, authored nursery protocols for "best practice" and Joint Commission compliance, served as the Chairperson of the Navy Pacific Northwest Case Review Committee for Child Abuse and Neglect, served as the Medical Advisor to the Olympic Educational Service District Head Start/Early Head Start Health Advisory Committee, and participated in the Department of Defense Shaken Baby Focus Group. In 2002 and 2003, Grubb deployed as a general medical officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom on the amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard. She earned the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer designation, the Green “H” Award, two Navy Commendation Medals, and a Navy Achievement Medal. Additional duties included first line triage officer for mass casualties, Health Promotions Coordinator, Women’s Health Coordinator, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate representative, and Amphibious Readiness Group Continuing Medical Education Coordinator. During her first deployment, she participated in a humanitarian medical assistance project in three remote villages in Kenya, set up urgent medical clinics, treated Kenyans with infectious diseases, malnutrition, and diarrheal illnesses, trained Kenyan medical providers and taught health promotion classes. Grubb graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University where she received the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Outstanding Women in Science. She currently serves as an interviewer for undergraduate applicants for the Alumni Admissions Program. She received her M.D. from George Washington University and was a four year recipient of the Navy Health Professions Scholarship. She completed pediatrics residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and is board certified in Pediatrics and a fellow of the AAP. She completed her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine and a Masters in Public Health Degree, focusing on Health Systems Organization in the Management, Community Health and Policy at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.

Education

  • ​George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Research synopsis

Adolescent and young adult primary care, contraception services including long-acting reversible contraception, menstrual disorders, acne management including Accutane, opioid addiction including buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance (South Boston Behavioral Health Center only), sexually transmitted infections, high-risk behaviors including substance abuse, violence, sexual activity, school failure or truancy, self-harming behaviors

Publications

Grubb, L. "Lessons from Vermont's Health Care Reform." New England Journal of Medicine. 368;14: 1276-1277.