Lester J. Hartman, MD, MPH
Dr. Hartman has been a member of this practice since 1986. He is very active in developing new innovative ideas for the practice (i.e. Home Strep Test program, empowering YouTube videos, and others). He has been on the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children’s Hospital Boston (PPOC) Board of Directors for over 8 years. The PPOC is the second largest private practice network in the country. Dr. Hartman was the Quality Improvement Director for the PPOC for over 3 years focusing on long-term management of asthma. His focus has always been to educate families and to empower them to manage their child’s health as well as the families.
He is presently the Medical Home Director for Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates and is teaming up with an Education Care Coordinator who aids in helping children and families dealing with school issues. In addition, he also collaborates with a Medical Care Coordinator dealing with the Special Needs Children. He has a special interest in complex medical children, children with autism and children with asthma. He chairs a Medical Home Team that consists of 4 patient parent partners. Dr. Hartman also chairs the Regional Lyme Committee; thats purpose is to raise awareness, prevention and early recognition of Lyme Disease. The committee has successfully collaborated with the Medfield School system, developing a yearly curriculum focused on Lyme disease. He hopes to spread this curriculum to other towns.
Dr. Hartman is a former member of Physicians for Human Rights. And, presently is in his sixth year of a medical directorship for Clinique Mt. Carroll de Jaumpas in Haiti. He journeys to the clinic with his family two to three times a year. He was down in Port-au-Prince 5 days after the 2010 earthquake aiding relief efforts by bringing refugees up to the mountain clinic for shelter, food, and water.
Dr. Hartman went to medical school at Louisiana State University. His residency was at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston City Hospital. Past accolades include: Community Pediatrician award from the PPOC as well as being selected for Best Doctors numerously.
He lives with his wife and two daughters in Needham. His wife is a former pediatric occupational therapist with a master in religious education at Andover-Newton Theological School. She has also studied Haitian Creole and recently became a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. The Hartmans also have two dogs; a bishapoo named Teddy and a Bichon Frise named Buttons.
“Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics has an excellent collaborative, team based approach that is unique in the pediatric field designed to continuously improve care for both children and families.” Dr. Hartman continues, “We truly pride ourselves as being an influential, innovative practice in the PPOC.”