Alumni Update: Dr. Marc R. Laufer, MHS ‘78
MARC R. LAUFER MD, who graduated from Manchester High School in 1978, is the Chief of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital, a gynecologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Marc lives with his wife and teenage daughters in Weston, Mass., and Woods Hole, Mass.
Marc was born in Baltimore, Md., and moved to Manchester prior to starting kindergarten at Buckley School. He went to Illing Junior High and then onto MHS. At MHS, Marc was the news editor for MHS’s newspaper “High School World”, VP of the French Club, and he established the Medical Club, which invited local doctors to come to the school and share their career experiences. One of the highlights of his time at MHS was winning 3rd place in the Connecticut State Science Fair and being selected to attend the state and national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
After MHS, Marc attended the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn he was a Biologic Basis of Behavior major and was selected as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He was then nominated to be a University Scholar and sub matriculated into the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine in his senior year of college. Marc completed medical school in 1986 and went to Boston for an Internship/Residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency he completed specialty training in fertility, endocrinology, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. He has continued on staff at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital since completing his training. Marc became the Chief of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1993, and a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2013.
Marc specializes in endometriosis (a disease that affects young girls and women and if left untreated can cause pain and infertility) and birth defects of the reproductive tract. He is a busy surgeon who also enjoys teaching and lecturing around the world. In 1997 he established the Center for Young Women’s Health, which provides educational health information for teen women. The website gets over a million visitors per month. In addition, in 2012, Marc established the Boston Center for Endometriosis, through the support of the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, which is a research center aimed to develop new treatments and a cure for endometriosis.
Marc lives with his wife, Sue Rosenfeld Laufer (a dentist and an artist), and his two daughters, a freshman and junior in high school.
As a self acknowledged geek, a fact often corroborated by his two teen girls, Marc has fond memories of the challenging classes, debate team, yearbook, and newspaper. Marc’s memories of Mrs. Levine’s AP Bio, and Mr. Hunt’s AP English were difficult but most rewarding. Sometimes he wishes he could say that he has fond memories of the wild high school parties, but admits that he didn’t attend many as he was way too busy doing school work!
Words of Wisdom (for Today’s Students):
Find a passion and work hard to achieve your goals. Don’t worry that it is uncool to be a good student. If you have a dream, follow it, and with passion and dedication you can fulfill it. Never give up!