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Latest Evidence and Trends in Pediatric Obesity II

Aired on 2.02.2017
Latest Evidence and Trends in Pediatric Obesity II CME

This course will review the latest evidence and trends in pediatric obesity. The course will focus on interventions easily implemented in the primary care office such as toxic stress and social determinants of health, weight loss medications, and sugar policy. We will also cover the most up to date information on bariatric surgery. Directed by Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Mark Wulkan, M.D., and Christopher Bolling, M.D., this truly interactive world broadcast will have brief presentations from world leaders in the field followed by discussion of controversial issues. This exciting, interactive format will allow the viewers to join in the discussions and debates.


This course is designed to provide primary care providers, bariatric surgeons, pediatric surgeons, dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists, and physical therapists increased knowledge of the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. We will explore the latest research on the influence of the gut microbiome on weight, using social media to improve patient care, managing and treating childhood obesity beyond screening, methods to get kids moving more, and surgical options for special populations.

Directors & Faculty


Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP

Akron Children's Hospital Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Wulkan is a pioneer in pediatric advanced minimally invasive surgery with a strong interest in neonatal and thoracic lesions. After initiating the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Children’s in 2003, he oversaw its growth into one of the most high volume pediatric minimally invasive programs in the country. Additionally, he performed Children’s first lap-band procedure to treat adolescent obesity in 2007, was one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform single-site incision surgery on pediatric patients for routine surgeries in 2009, and performed the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for adolescent obesity in the Southeast in 2010.

Christopher F. Bolling, MD, FAAP

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

Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Additional Faculty

Allen Browne, MD, FACS, FAAP

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 15 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 2016).  With Drs. Mark and Ai-Xuan Holterman, Dr. Browne developed and served as Principal Investigator 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 treatment 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 Obesity Committee of APSA.  In 2014, Dr. Browne became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  Since July 2016, Dr. Browne has focused full-time on pediatric weight management through advocacy, education, and writing. 

Kelly Brownell, Ph.D

Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, is an internationally known expert on eating disorders, obesity, and body weight regulation. He is a professor of psychology at Yale University, where he also serves as professor of epidemiology and public health and as director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. From 1995-1999, he served as director of clinical training. From 1994-2000, he served as master of Silliman College at Yale. Brownell has served as president of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the award for Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University.

Jodi DeModna, M.S.

Jodi DeModna is an exercise physiologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She works with a team of healthcare professionals to help treat and prevent childhood obesity through healthy behavior changes. Her compassion & strong belief in the ability to use exercise as medicine has fueled her desire to work with special populations. As a New Jersey native, Jodi spent the early years of her career working in different clinical settings throughout Manhattan, NY. Jodi & her husband relocated to Atlanta in December of 2015, and soon thereafter she was given the opportunity to join the amazing Strong4Life clinic team. As a member of the American College of Sports Medicine & the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association, Jodi continuously educates herself on the most recent findings on pediatric obesity. She looks forward to continuing to grow as a professional while helping children to live happy, healthy lives.

Claudia Fox, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Claudia Fox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program and the co-Director of the Teen Weight Loss Surgery Program at the University of Minnesota. She completed her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees at the University of Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics also at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Fox is Board Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, in addition to Pediatrics. Her expertise is in the clinical management of children and adolescents with severe obesity, and particularly in the use of pharmacotherapy for obesity in this population. Dr. Fox’s research focus has also been in the use of medications for obesity in youth. She has been a co-investigator in several clinical trials examining the weight loss properties of various medications for youth with severe obesity.

Kristen Fuller, MS, RDN, LD, CSP

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

Alyson Goodman, MD, FAAP, MPH

Alyson B. Goodman, MD is a practicing Pediatrician in Atlanta, GA and has been practicing for 8 years. Medical Epidemiologist, Pediatrician at Centers for Disease Control Greater Atlanta AreaGovernment Administration.

Matthew Haemer, MD, MPH, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Medical Director Lifestyle Medicine Level 1 Weight Management at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Tom Inge, MD, FAAP

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 established 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 Children’s Hospital of Colorado. 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. Dr. Inge 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.

Marc Michalsky, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Marc Michalsky is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine where he serves as the Surgical Director for The Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition and Director, Center for Robotic Surgery 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 related to surgical outcomes a well as its long standing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to investigate the long-term safety and efficacy of severely obese adolescents undergoing surgical weight loss. In August 2015, the bariatric surgery program at Nationwide Children’s earned distinction as the first freestanding pediatric center in the U.S. to be awarded clinical national accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ - Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgical intervention in the adolescent population and has served in leadership positions 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.   

John Rausch, MD, FAAP

Dr. Rausch, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves as the Director of Evaluation for Population and Community Health at New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Rausch’s clinical and research interests focus on the prevention and management of pediatric obesity and its long-term impact on health. He is interested in developing strategies for promoting universal evidence-based lifestyle changes that focus on prevention. He is further interested in the epidemiology of the development of obesity co-morbidities, including insulin resistance and diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension and dyslipidemias. He is focused on developing methods to screen for and manage co-morbidities, especially in busy clinical practices and acceptable to families most at risk for health disparities, particularly in a low income, Latino population. Dr Rausch is a member of the inaugural class of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Childhood Obesity Advisors for Continuing Health (COACH), and he also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Section on Obesity.

Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D.

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.

Victoria Rogers, M.D., FAAP

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.  

Christine Wood, MD, FAAP

She did her pediatric residency, serving as Chief Resident, at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Chris has a special interest in nutrition for children and teens. She has been in private pediatric practice in North County since 1990. She served as the Co-Chair for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative from 2009 until May 2015 and continues to serve on their Healthcare Domain committee. She is the Medical Consultant for a residential eating disorder treatment center in La Jolla and has served as Medical Liaison for the San Diego Chapter International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. As part of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Steering Committee, she is working on a national level with the American Academy of Pediatrics to shape how pediatricians confront achieving healthy weight in children.


9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome & Introduction

9:05 am - 9:50 am
Eating Disorders and Obesity
9:50 am - 10:35 am
10:35 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Policies to Address Obesity
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Determinants of Health
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Journal Club
S4L Team. Split into Psych, Nutrition, and Exercise

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Update

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Teen-Labs Update
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
AAP position statement update
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Rapid Fire

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
Conclusion and Wrap-up


By the end of the talk, participants will be able to:

- Explain the relationship between social determinants of health and obesity.

- Describe the outcomes of bariatric surgery in the TEEN-labs study.

- Describe the current political and social landscape surrounding the reduction of sugar consumption and improving health.

- Understand the role of weight loss medications in the pediatric population as well as the current and future research in this area.

- Understand the new guidelines regarding obesity and eating disorders and implementing best practices in your office.

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement