Brian A. Lynch, M.D.
- Consultant, Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
- Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
- Population Health Scholar
What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?
As a young child, I occasionally had the opportunity to accompany my mother, a pediatric inpatient nurse, to the hospital where I witnessed the impact that medical care had on families and children. I've always been intrigued by preventive health and have always enjoyed taking care of and advocating for children.
These early childhood experiences motivated me to pursue a career as a general pediatrician.
What motivated you to become a Population Health Scholar?
Many of today's most critical pediatric medical problems, such as obesity and mental health disorders, cannot be addressed solely in the traditional medical setting. Historically in the United States, medical institutions haven't worked optimally together with public health programs and community resources.
I wanted to become a Population Health Scholar to bridge this gap and research innovative, collaborative care models that could result in better health outcomes for children.
What is your focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?
My focus is implementing successful pediatric obesity interventions in the local school and community settings. I'd like my work to impact policy decisions that can be disseminated, sustained and spread to other communities.
How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?
Pediatric obesity is a huge public health problem that likely cannot be solved solely within the clinic setting. By reaching out and working collaboratively with public health, community resources, policymakers and schools, new models for care management can be developed and evaluated in an effort to more successfully address this issue.
Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?
At Mayo Clinic, I have the opportunity to impact patient health outcomes not only through clinical care but also through educating future health care providers, research and community engagement. I wanted to work in an innovative environment where the needs and health outcomes for patients are the first priority.