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Latest Evidence and Trends in Pediatric Obesity

Aired on 2.25.2016
Latest Evidence and Trends in Pediatric Obesity
SAVE THE DATE! The 2016 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 early feeding prevention strategies, parenting skills for parents to promote health and the newest algorithm for management. 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.

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

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

Additional Faculty

Sarah Armstrong, M.D.

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. 

Michael Bailey, Ph.D.

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.

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. 

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

Mac Harmon, MD

Mac Harmon, MD, PhD is Surgeon in Chief and Medical Director of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Chief of Surgery for Kaleida Health, the John E. Fisher Professor of Surgery and the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Research Laboratory.

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.   

Russell Pate, Ph.D.

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. 

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.

Kirk Reichard, M.D.

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.

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.  

Jeffrey Zitsman, M.D.

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.


9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome and Introduction
9:10 am - 10:10 am
Gut Microbiome
10:10 am - 11:10 am
Physical Activity
11:10 am - 11:20 am
11:20 am - 12:20 pm
AAP Algorithm
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
What's new to help our patients?
Texting - does it help?
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
What's new to help our patients?
Food Selfies?
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
What's new to help our patients?
Should I tweet or FB?
2:30 pm - 2:40 am
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Special Populations:
Prader Willi/Hypothalamic obesity
3:10 pm - 3:40 pm
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Special Populations:
How Young?
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in Special Populations:
Developmental Delay
4:10 pm - 4:15 pm


  1. Implement the new AAP evidenced based prevention and treatment algorithm in the primary care setting.
  2. Describe how to improve the physical activity and movement in children and adolescents.
  3. Understand the influence of the gut microbiome on weight and potential clinical implications.
  4. Implement new techniques and use social media to improve care for overweight or obese children.
  5. Describe current recommendations and options for bariatric surgery for special populations.
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