Leslee Kagan, MS, FNP

Mind Body Medicine, Co-Director, Relaxation Response Resiliency Program

Leslee Kagan, director of women’s health and co-director of the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) programs at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is providing mind body health instruction and services to patients at the BWH Crohn’s and Colitis Center.
As a member of the research team at the Benson-Henry Institute, which is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the science of mind body medicine, Leslee has facilitated several IBS/IBD research projects.

She is a leading authority on mind body medicine, particularly as a way of improving women’s health. At the Benson-Henry Institute, Leslee leads the Mind Body Program for Women, the Mind Body Program for Health and Fertility, and the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Program. The Institute’s founder and namesake, Dr. Herbert Benson, pioneered the field of mind body medicine.

In addition to her clinical work, Leslee has trained numerous health care professionals around the country in mind body medicine and has presented at national conferences. She speaks frequently to health professionals, women’s organizations, and other groups. The North American Menopause Society has recognized her work. She is first author of Mind Over Menopause, The Complete Mind-Body Approach to Coping with Menopause, (Harvard Health Publications; Simon and Schuster, 2004). Leslee is also a contributing author to Our Bodies Ourselves: Menopause (The Boston Women’s Health Collective; Simon and Schuster, 2006).

At the BWH Crohn’s and Colitis Center, she is working with patients to reduce the negative impact of stress through a variety of evidence-based techniques to create awareness of personal responses to stress and develop skills to “turn off” their stress response with new behaviors and attitudes. These include various techniques that can elicit the relaxation response. The treatment philosophy of the Benson-Henry Institute and the Chron’s and Colitis Center integrates medication regimens, surgical procedures and these self-care strategies.

Leslee has been working with her colleagues at the Benson-Henry Institute since 1999. She earned her BA degree in French and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and then transitioned to a career in health care, completing her RN/MS degree and postgraduate nurse practitioner training in New York and Boston. She was in clinical practice at several institutions in the Boston area before joining Dr. Benson and his group.

Leslee lives in Newton, Mass.

To set an appointment please call 617-732-6389.