Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Chair of the Section of Obesity, Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Private Practice, Pediatric Associates, Kentucky
Dr. Browne is a pediatric/adolescent weight management specialist and pediatric surgeon. He has worked in the development of treatment algorithms for pediatric obesity for 12 years as Clinical Director of the New Hope Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Program at UIC Medical Center in Chicago (2004-2008), Attending physician at The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (2008-2009), and founder of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at the Carle Clinic in Urbana (2012 to present). With Drs. Mark and Ai-Xuan Holterman, Dr. Browne developed and served as Principal Investi-gator of FDA IDE #1 to study the adjustable gastric band in severely obese adolescents. Dr. Browne is the author and co-author of a number of papers, articles, and chapters on the treat-ment of pediatric obesity. He is a member of the Section on Obesity of the AAP, the Pediatric Committee of The Obesity Society, the Pediatric Committee of ASMBS, and the Pediatric Obesi-ty Committee of APSA. In 2014, Dr. Browne became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In July 2016, Dr. Browne’s practice will focus full-time on pediatric weight management.
Dr. Zitsman has maintained an active clinical practice in pediatric surgery in the New York area since 1985. He holds the rank of Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center. His areas of interest include applications of minimally invasive techniques in pediatric surgery, chest wall deformities, and weight loss surgery in adolescents. Dr. Zitsman is founder and Director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. He is Principal Investigator for an FDA-approved adolescent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding study. He has performed over 200 minimal access weight loss procedures and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Obesity of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He is a member of the Program Committee and the Childhood Obesity Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and has served as a Consultant to the Medical Devices Evaluation Panel of the FDA.
In January 2014, Carroll McWilliams (Mac) Harmon, MD, PhD, was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB), Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and Program Director or the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
OR Surgical Director, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, Department of Surgery. Dr. Kirk W. Reichard is the clinical director, Div. of General Surgery; Surgical Director, O.R. and the Bariatric Surgery Program; Med. Director, Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management; fellow, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics; member Children’s Oncology Group and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Pediatrician and the Director of Let’s Go! at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. There, she oversees the development, coordination and promotion of childhood obesity prevention and treatment initiatives. Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Associate Director for the AAP’s Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight and serves on the APP’s Executive Committee for the Section on Obesity.
Dr. Tom Inge is a professor and chair of pediatric surgery and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. In addition to his role as division head for pediatric surgery, in 2017 he will establish the section of adolescent bariatric surgery integrating a surgical treatment option into existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe and other special forms of obesity at the of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Over his prior 16 years of tenure at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Inge gained extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, and clinical outcomes research. With continuous research funding from the NIH over the past decade, he has also been the principal investigator of the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (www.teen-labs.org), providing an evidence base defining the role of gastric surgery to treat adolescents with clinically severe obesity. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups. Tom is a member of the FDA’s Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices Committee, and has served as a consultant to the NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also served in leadership positions on numerous committees and task forces for surgical and pediatric professional organizations including ASMBS, TOS, AAP, and APSA.
Dr. Marc Michalsky is a professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine and the surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become both nationally and internationally recognized for its clinical excellence a well as ongoing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to explore the long-term safety and efficacy of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. In August, 2015, the bariatric program at Nationwide became the country’s first free-standing pediatric center to be awarded accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). On the national level, Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgery in the adolescent population and has served on various national organization committees including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine
Director, Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program.
Sarah Armstrong, MD, FAAP, is founding Director of Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles, a pediatric weight management program, and Medical Director of Bull City Fit, a community-based partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation which offers free wellness activities for children with obesity and their families. She is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Scholars Program and serves on the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Obesity. Her research interests are focused on the discovery and testing of novel interventions for treatment of severe child and adolescent obesity, including mobile health technology and community-healthcare partnerships. She was awarded an innovation prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Childhood Obesity Challenge in 2013.
Kristen Fuller completed her dietetic internship as well as her master’s degree from Georgia State University. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric nutrition, is certified in Child and Adolescent Weight Management and has been the dietitian in the Strong4Life Clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 3 years. She has developed a passion for finding improved methods of dietary assessment and nutrition education within childhood obesity
Russell R. Pate, is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. He has held several administrative positions including Chair, Department of Exercise Science; Associate Dean for Research, Arnold School of Public Health; and Vice Provost for Health Sciences. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity.
Michael Bailey, PhD, is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Ohio State University. Dr. Bailey has nearly 20 years of experience studying bidirectional interactions between host physiology and the microbes that naturally reside within the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., the gut microbiota). Dr. Bailey’s studies were among the first to show that stressful situations can lead to changes in the composition of the gut microbiota and his current studies are now focused on the impact that changes to gut microbiota composition have on the functioning of the immune system and on nervous system activity.
Dr. Reddy received her PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University and completed a child and adolescent psychology fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine. Her specialties include adult and pediatric bariatric evaluations and behavior modification related to obesity, chronic disease, and parent-child feeding practices. She has been a psychologist at the Strong4Life Program of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) since 2011. Strong4Life evaluates and treats childhood obesity through a multi-specialty and evidence-based approach. In this position she has often crossed paths with Dr. Mark Wulkan, chief of the Emory division of pediatric surgery and one of CHOA's primary providers of surgical weight loss procedures for adolescents. As the first psychologist to be hired by the Department of Surgery, she will work closely with Dr. Wulkan and other Emory pediatric surgeons and collaborate with them both clinically and on research projects.