Message from the President

Welcome to the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s.

November 2019

The PPOC commemorated its 20th anniversary with an evening of 'Memories, Membership and Milestones' at the end of October. We celebrated with PPOC members, some of their staffs, PPOC Board members, and close colleagues from Boston Children's Hospital. I'd like to share some of the remarks I made during the event.

I'll start with thanks. It's not possible to thank everyone involved in the success of the PPOC over last two decades, but gratitude has always been part of our culture, so I'll do my best. Firstly, I want to thank the members of the PPOC for the privilege of serving you and your patients for the last twelve years. I have an incredibly rewarding, interesting and inspiring job supporting your hard work to achieve our mission. I want to thank those who helped found the PPOC - Dr. Mike Grady, our first CEO, who couldn't have succeeded without the support of Sandi Fenwick, Jim Mandell, Dr. Gary Fleisher, Paul Hickey and so many other leaders from the Physicians' Organization and the Hospital. Of course, through the years, most of our progress has been due to the talent and the energy contributed by our members. So many members have served on our board, on committees, attending meetings, emailing and calling - all to ensure that we collectively benefit from the incredible talent present in the network. Our colleagues who work at our offices and at Children's have also been critical to our success - managers and administrators, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other clinical professionals--attorneys, technology experts, data scientists and analysts, finance professionals and contracting staff have all made major contributions.


Featured Pediatrician

Dr. Lester Hartman of Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics

Lester Hartman, M.D.

In 2011 after our 2nd Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics office was running smoothly and I had worked in Cambodia and Haiti for 10 and 8 years respectively, I asked my partners (after my 25th year in practice) if I could take a sabbatical for a year and attend the Harvard School of Public Health to attain an MPH. With their generous blessing they granted me the year. Off I went to the hardest and most wonderful academic year of my life when I became inspired by Dr. Judy Palfrey and Dr. Greg Connelly in tobacco control. Tobacco-related diseases were the leading cause of preventable, bar none, in the U.S. and the world and had pervaded all socioeconomic classes.

Oddly enough, after completing my MPH, I discovered that my own town, Needham, was the first in the U.S. and possibly the world to have raised the minimum legal sales age of tobacco to 21 years-old thanks to the hard work of PPOC member and Needham Pediatrics doctor Alan Stern, M.D.  I picked up the banner and started to work with Harvard Pediatrics Professor Dr. Jonathan Winickoff.



We serve pediatric physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in practices of varying geographies and demographics across the state of Massachusetts. We are a unique IPA in that we focus solely on pediatrics. Being part of the PPOC means being amongst fellow pediatric practitioners who are truly focused on providing the best care to the children we serve, the PPOC is focused on enabling our providers to do just that.


In a time when healthcare is ever-changing, achieving the No. 1 ranking reminds all of us at Boston Children’s what inspires us: It's about caring for children, digging deeper in research, and finding new ways to make our care even better. It’s also a reflection of the tireless work our team puts in every single day, providing the highest level of care and reassuring our families that we are here to help.

Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
Boston Children's Hospital