She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a medical doctorate and public health degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Minnesota, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Maine AAP and is a founding member of Maine Families for Vaccines.
In addition to community pediatrics, Dr. Blaisdell published research on vaccine hesitation and decision-making among parents with the Center for Outcome Research and Evaluation at MMCRI. She was the site director for the National Children’s Study, where she also led studies of new social media strategies for research recruitment. In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Blaisdell served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Maine Medical Center, was Chief of Pediatrics at InterMed Pediatrics, and currently serves as a Trustee to Mercy Hospital in Portland.
Dr. Blaisdell mentors students and residents and teaches evidence-based medicine in her role of Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Blaisdell also has expertise in camp medicine, serving as Medical Director at Camp Winnebago in Maine. She resides in South Portland and Fayette, Maine where she lives with her two sons and husband.
A common-sense approach to complex issues.
Practicing community pediatrics and mentoring young doctors, Dr. Blaisdell has expertise and experience both inside and outside the exam room.
Dr. Blaisdell brings her common-sense, powerful and personal approach to legislative advocacy, media engagement and policy reforms on issues ranging from vaccination to gun safety to school health.
Dr. Blaisdell’s experience in camp medicine is founded on her over 20 years as a camp medical director, her evidence-based published research on managing H1N1 and COVID-19 in the camp setting and ground-breaking leadership during the pandemic in the science of how to gather safely.