Lauren Ciszak, M.D., a practicing family physician with the South End Community Health Center in Boston, has been interested in using nutrition to help improve her patients’ quality of life since her days as a resident, but it wasn’t until recently that she seriously considered taking that interest to the next level.
“I never really thought I had an interest in doing research, but I do find myself coming back to it again and again,” Ciszak said. “In residency, I organized a small farmer’s market at our clinic and paired it with nutrition-focused visits for patients. It allowed residents to get some hands-on nutrition education and was great for patients, too.”
A few years later, Ciszak started caring for a patient with heart failure and end-stage renal disease.