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The Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens (SWLPT) is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation
Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Obesity surgery and research; neonatal surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease; minimally invasive surgery; thoracic surgery
Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, is a Virginia native who grew up in a rural, farming community in Dinwiddie County. He received his BS in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987. Dr. Inge entered the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and pursued degrees in microbiology/immunology and medicine. He graduated with MD and PhD degrees in 1993.
Dr. Inge received his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, where he developed an interest in pediatric surgery. At the completion of his chief resident year in 1998, he moved to Birmingham, AL, for specialty training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, with an emphasis on pediatric minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inge became a full-time member of the surgical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in July 2000.
In addition to general pediatric surgical practice, Dr. Inge's clinical research focus is related to bariatric surgery in adolescents. He is the surgical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, offering surgery for overweight adolescents with complications from their excess weight. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration for projects related to device treatment of pediatric obesity. He is also the Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-investigator of another NIH funded project examining the role of surgery for management of adolescent obesity. He currently serves as Study Chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.
Dr. Inge has given over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally over the past four years, has mentored more than a dozen fellows and students, and has authored more than 70 published chapters and manuscripts.
BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1987.MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1998.
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000.
Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, December 1999; Certification in Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery, March 2002.
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: caregiver and family functioning across the first postoperative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010 Jul 29.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Changes in depressive symptoms among adolescent bariatric candidates from preoperative psychological evaluation to immediately before surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jan-Feb;7(1):50-4.
Inge TH, Xanthakos S. Sleeve gastrectomy for childhood morbid obesity: why not? Obes Surg. 2010 Jan;20(1):118-20.
Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Zeller M, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthakos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):103-108.e1.
Miyano G, Kalra M, Inge TH. Adolescent paraplegia, morbid obesity, and pickwickian syndrome: outcome of gastric bypass surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Mar;44(3):e41-4.
Zeller MH, Modi AC, Noll JG, Long JD, Inge TH. Psychosocial functioning improves following adolescent bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 May;17(5):985-90.
Inge TH, Miyano G, Bean J, Helmrath M, Courcoulas A, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Wilson K, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Dolan LM. Reversal of type 2 diabetes mellitus and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors after surgical weight loss in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):214-22.
Modi AC, Loux TJ, Bell SK, Harmon CM, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Weight-specific health-related quality of life in adolescents with extreme obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Oct;16(10):2266-71.
Ippisch HM, Inge TH, Daniels SR, Wang B, Khoury PR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Garcia VF, Kimball TR. Reversibility of cardiac abnormalities in morbidly obese adolescents. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Apr 8;51(14):1342-8.
Inge TH. Childhood obesity--a problem of surgical proportions? Nat Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Apr;5(4):180-1.
Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, MS Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center
Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center
Medical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Stavra A. Xanthakos, MD, is an assistant professor and attending physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the co-director of the Cincinnati Children’s Steatohepatitis Center, and the medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. She also partners with physicians and staff in Cincinnati Children’s Center for Better Health and Nutrition in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients suffering from severe pediatric obesity and related complications.
Dr. Xanthakos received her medical degree from Duke University in 1997 and a Master of Science degree in molecular epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. Her post-doctoral training, including residency, chief residency and fellowship were completed at Cincinnati Children's and she joined the faculty in 2005. During her fellowship, Dr. Xanthakos investigated the prevalence and outcome of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in young adult women as her master’s thesis in molecular epidemiology. Her current clinical and translational research is focused on identify the predictors and outcome of obesity-related liver disease (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis), in obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. She is also a co-investigator in the NIH sponsored Teen LABS, a multicenter consortium investigating bariatric surgery in adolescents and in the NIH-sponsored NASH Clinical Research Network. Additional research interests of Dr. Xanthakos include the treatment and prevention of pediatric obesity, outcomes of bariatric surgery in adolescents, malnutrition in pediatric obesity, as well as identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to enable better evaluation and treatment options. She also leads clinical quality improvement initiatives in the Steatohepatitis Center, which are aligned with divisional and institutional initiatives to achieve measurable improvements in children’s health and disease outcomes.
Dr. Xanthakos has published extensively in the field of pediatric obesity, bariatric medicine and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She regularly is invited to speak about pediatric obesity evaluation and management, particularly bariatric medicine, and pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
MD: Duke University, Durham, NC, 1997.
MS: Molecular Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, 2006.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-2000.
Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-01.
Clinical Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's , Cincinnati, OH, 2001-2004.
Research Fellowship: Molecular Epidemiology in Children's Environmental Health, Masters of Science, 2002-2005.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2005.
Carter-Kent C, Alkhouri N, Yerian LM, Brunt EM, Angulo P, Kohli R, Ling SC, Xanthakos SA, Whitington PF, Charatcharoenwitthaya P, Yap J, Lopez R, McCullough AJ and Feldstein AE. The relationship of steatosis grade, zone and type to key histological features in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2011;52(2):190-7.
Kohli R, Kirby M, Xanthakos SA, Softic S, Feldstein AE, Saxena V, Tang PH, Miles L, Miles MV, Balistreri WF, Woods SC, Seeley RJ. High-fructose, medium chain trans fat diet induces liver fibrosis and elevates plasma coenzyme Q9 in a novel murine model of obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology. 2010 Sep;52(3):934-44. Kohli R, Boyd T, Lake K, Dietrich K, Nicholas L, Balistreri WF, Ebach D, Shashidhar H, Xanthakos SA. Rapid progression of NASH in childhood. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr;50(4):453-6.
Xanthakos SA. Nutritional deficiencies in obesity and after bariatric surgery. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Oct;56(5):1105-21.
Inge TH, Xanthakos S. Sleeve gastrectomy for childhood morbid obesity: why not? Obes Surg. 2010 Jan;20(1):118-20. Inge TH, Jenkins TM, Zeller M, Dolan L, Daniels SR, Garcia VF, Brandt ML, Bean J, Gamm K, Xanthakos SA. Baseline BMI is a strong predictor of nadir BMI after adolescent gastric bypass. J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):103-108 Xanthakos SA. Bariatric surgery for extreme adolescent obesity: Indications, outcomes, and physiologic effects on the gut-brain axis. Pathophysiology. 2008 Aug;15(2):135-46. Roehrig HR, Xanthakos SA, Sweeney J, Zeller MH, Inge TH. Pregnancy after gastric bypass surgery in adolescents. Obes Surg. 2007 Jul;17(7):873-7. Miller RJ, Xanthakos SA, Hillard PJ, Inge TH. Bariatric surgery and adolescent gynecology. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Oct;19(5):427-33. Inge TH, Xanthakos SA, Zeller MH. Bariatric surgery for pediatric extreme obesity: now or later? Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Jan;31(1):1-14.
Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. July 2006 - April 2011. #U01DK072493.
Coenzyme Q as a Novel Biomarker for the Severity of Steatohepatitis. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jun 2010 - May 2011. #P30DK078392. Biological Determinants of Steatohepatitis after Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. July 2008 - June 2013. #1K23DK080888. Clinical Research Network in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH CRN). Site Principal investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2009 - Apr 2014. #U01DK061732.
Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
Co-Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Surgery
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.
Residency: Surgery, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA.
Fellowship: Trauma / Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, MD; Trauma / Burn, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; Transplantation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Surgery, 1999; Pediatric Surgery, 2001; Surgical Critical Care, 2001.
Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP Founding Director, Trauma Services
Founding Director, Trauma Services
Pediatric injury research and control; chest-wall deformities; minimally invasive surgery (use of the laparoscope and thoracoscope to diagnose and treat surgical diseases); surgical weight loss; minority health care
Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery.
Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.
For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award.
Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.
BS: Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1964-1968.
MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1978. Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Certification: Surgery, 1979; Pediatric Surgery, 1982; Surgical Critical Care, 1991.
Chatoorgoon K, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone, RA. Role of Computed Tomography and Clinical Findings in Pediatric Blunt Intestinal Injury. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;28 (12): 1338-1342.
Beaudin M, Daugherty M, Geis G, Moody S, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Assessment of Factors Associated with the Delayed Transfer of Pediatric Trauma Patients. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;28 (8): 758-63.
Goldberg J, McClaine RJ, Cook B, Garcia VF, Brown RL, Crone K, Falcone RA. Use of a mild traumatic brain injury guideline to reduce inpatient hospital imaging and charges. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2011;46: 1777-1783.
McClaine RJ, Garcia VF. Unnatural Causes: Social Determinants of Child Health and Well-being. The Pediatric Forum, American Medical Association. 2011;165 (5): 476.
Chatoorgoon K, Huezo K, Rangel E, Francios N, Schweer L, Daugherty M, Koehn M, Richetts C, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Unnecessary Imaging, Not Hospital Distance, or Transportation Mode Impacts Delays in the Transfer of Injured Children. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2010;26 (7): 481-486.
Martin CA, Care M, Rangel EL, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Severity of head computed tomography scan findings fail to explain racial differences in mortality following child abuse. American Journal of Surgery. 2010;199 (2): 210-215.
Ippisch HM, Inge TH, Daniels SR, Wang B, Khoury PR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Garcia VF, Kimball TR. Reversibility of Cardiac Abnormalities in Morbidly Obese Adolescents. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008;51(14): 1342-1348.
Falcone RA , Martin C, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Despite overall low pediatric head injury mortality, disparities exist between races. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(10), 1858-1864.
Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team training using high-fidelity trauma simulation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(6), 1065-1071.
Rangel SJ, Martin CA, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Alarming trends in the improper use of motor vehicle restraints in children: implications for public policy and the development of race-based strategies for improving compliance. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(1), 200-207.
Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
Director of Surgical Research
Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center
As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Helmrath has dedicated his career to the care of patients with intestinal failure. The main focus of his laboratory is directed towards characterizing intestinal stem cells during intestinal adaptation and developing intestinal regenerative strategies. By combining his clinical experience as the surgical director of intestinal research and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, his long-term goal is to establish translational therapies for the management of patients with short bowel syndrome.
BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1987.
MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1993.MS: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.
Certification: Board-certified General Surgery; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery.
Helmrath MA, Shin CE, Fox JW, Erwin CR, Warner BW. Adaptation after small bowel resection is attenuated by sialoadenectomy: The role for endogenous epidermal growth factor. Surgery. 1998;124 (5):848-854.
Erwin CR, Helmrath MA, Shin CE, Falcone RA Jr., Stern LE, Warner BW. Intestinal overexpression of EGF in transgenic mice enhances adaptation after small bowel resection. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 1999;277:G533-G540.
Helmrath MA, Fong JJ, Dekaney CM, Henning SJ. Rapid expansion of intestinal secretory lineages following a massive small bowel resection in mice. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007;292(1): G215-222.
Shroyer NF, Helmrath MA, Wang YYC, Antalffy B, Henning SJ, Zoghbi HY. Intestine specific ablation of Math 1 in mice reveals a role in cellular homeostasis. Gastroenterology. 2007;132(7):2478-2488.
Dekaney CM, Fong JJ, Rigby RJ, Lund PK, Henning SJ, Helmrath MA. Expansion of intestinal stem cells associated with long-term adaptation following ileocecal resection in mice. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007;293(5): G1013-22.
Dekaney CM, von Allmen DC, Garrison AP, Rigby RJ, Lund PK, Henning SJ, Helmrath MA. Bacterial-dependent up-regulation of intestinal bile acid binding protein and transport is FXR-mediated following ileocecal resection. Surgery. 2008;144(2):174-81.
Garrison AP, Dekaney CM, von Allmen DC, Lund PK, Henning SJ, Helmrath MA. Early but not late administration of glucagons-like peptide-2 following ileocecal resection augments putative intestinal stem cell expansion. Am J Physiol Liver Physiol. 2009;296(3): G643-50.
Rigby RJ, Hunt MR, Scull BP, Simmons JG, Speck KE, Helmrath MA, Lund PK. A new animal model of postsurgical bowel inflammation and fibrosis: the effect of commensal microflora. Gut. 2009;58(8);1104-12.
Garrison AP, Helmrath MA, Dekaney CM. Intestinal Stem Cells. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009;49(1):2-7.
Speck KE, Garrison AP, Rigby RJ, von Allmen DC, Lund PK, Helmrath MA. Inflammation enhances resection-induced intestinal adaptive growth in IL-10 null mice. J Surg Research. 2011;168(1):62-69.
Mechanisms of intestinal stem cell expansion following resection. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Jul 2009 - June 2014. #R01DK083325.Collaborative approach to the study of intestinal epithelial stem cells. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Sep 2009 - Aug 2014. #1U01DK085547.
Neointestine from live donors & pluripotent stem cells. Co-investigator. CCST University of Cincinnati. 07/01/11 – 06/30/11.
Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits & Risk. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 11/01/11 – 10/31/16. U01 DK072493.
Human Endocrine Cell Development. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 04/01/12 – 03/31/17. R01 DK092456.
Holly M. Ippisch, MD, MS Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Echocardiography; congenital heart disease; preventive cardiology; pediatric obesity
Non-Invasive cardiac imaging modalities and techniques; cardiovascular effects of pediatric obesity; cardiovascular effects of exercise
Holly M. Ippisch, MD, has been an attending staff member of the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, since 2005.
Dr. Ippisch's clinical subspecialty interests include echocardiography, congenital heart disease, preventive cardiology and pediatric obesity. She has clinics for the treatment of hyperlipidemia and hypertension.
Dr. Ippisch is a native of Ohio and completed her medical degree at Wright State University. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, California and completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's.
Dr. Ippisch's academic research interests relate to echocardiography, preventive cardiology, and pediatric obesity. She is a faculty member of the Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory. She has given several presentations at national meetings relating to both the cardiac effects of pediatric obesity and to newer imaging modalities such as color M-mode and tissue Doppler imaging for assessing diastolic function. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Ippisch is also a cardiologist for the multidisciplinary Comprehensive Weight Management Center team. As part of this team she evaluates and treats cardiovascular diseases in extremely overweight adolescents before and after bariatric surgery. She is also a research cardiologist for the CWMC Team with special interests in scientific studies related to this population.
Dr. Ippisch is an alumni of the National Institutes of Health funded Master's Training Program. As part of this competitive program Dr. Ippisch concurrently completed a Masters of Epidemiology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati while attending her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's. She has established collaborative relationships with faculty at the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health.
Dr. Ippisch is an active member of the cardiology community. She is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, American Heart Association and Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young.
Dr. Ippisch is also active in community service as the volunteer associate medical director for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon which is an event partially sponsored by Cincinnati Children's.
Crowley DI, Khoury PR, Urbina EM, Ippisch HM, Kimball TR. Cardiovascular Impact of the Pediatric Obesity Epidemic: Higher Left Ventricular Mass is Related to Higher Body Mass Index. J Pediatr. 2010 Dec 11.
Shah AS, Khoury PR, Dolan LM, Ippisch HM, Urbina EM, Daniels SR, Kimball TR. The effects of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus on cardiac structure and function in adolescents and young adults. Diabetologia. 2010 Nov 18.
Ippisch HM, Kimball TR. Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery from the left ventricle. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Feb;23(2):222.e1-2.
Ippisch HM, Kimball TR. The impact of evolving hand-carried echocardiographic technology on outpatient physical examination accuracy in pediatric cardiology. Congenit Heart Dis. 2007 May;2(3):170-8.
Hao M, Ippisch HM, Cook RS, Perry DJ, Gottliebson WM, Hirsch R, Kimball TR. Implementation of an objective testing system in noninvasive cardiac imaging for evaluation of pediatric cardiology fellows. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2007 Oct;20(10):1211-8. Ippisch HM, Border WL, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR, Kimball TR. Diastolic function in obese children assessed by tissue Doppler imaging. 52nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology. Chicago, IL. March 31, 2003.Ippisch HM, Kimball TR. Hand-carried cardiac ultrasound compared to conventional ultrasound for the evaluation of congenital heart disease. 14th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography. Las Vegas, NV. June 13, 2003.Ippisch HM, Witt SA, Border WL, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR, Daniels SR, Kimball TR. Does a Weight Loss Reduction Program Improve Cardiac Dysfunction in Obese Children? American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. Orlando, Florida. November 12th, 2003.Ippisch HM, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Mays W, Knecht S, Forment Y, Claytor R, Knilans TK, Daniels SR, Kimball TR. Do Cardiac Function and Exercise Performance Change In Obese Children Following Participation In A Weight Loss Program? 15th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography. San Diego, CA. June 28th, 2004.
Megan B. Ratcliff, PhD, MPH
Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and ecological factors contributing to pediatric overweight and obesity; motivational interviewing
Understanding the contextual factors that influence people’s engagement in health behaviors; pediatric overweight and obesity; public health approaches to weight management; motivational interviewing treatment integrity
Megan Benoit Ratcliff, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric overweight and obesity. She was appointed to assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in July 2011 after completing a three-year research fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Meg Zeller, Lori Stark and Scott Powers. Dr. Ratcliff provides clinical services in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, helping families to implement treatment recommendations through careful assessment of goals, motivations, assets and potential treatment barriers. She is also a co-investigator and motivational interviewing home therapist for a NIH clinical trial investigating clinic and home family based behavioral treatment for obese preschoolers.
BA: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1999.
MPH: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2001.PhD: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2007.Internship: Univeristy of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL 2006.Clinical Fellowship: Emory University/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2007.Research Fellowship: Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010; General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2011.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2008.
Zeller MH, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Noll JG. Two-year Trends in Psychosocial Functioning Following Adolescent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD).2011.
Ratcliff MB, Jenkins T, Reiter-Purtill J, Noll J, Zeller, MH. Risk-taking Behaviors of Adolescents with Extreme Obesity: Normative or Not? Pediatrics. 2011;127:827-834.
Stark LJ, Spear S, Boles R, Kuhl E, Ratcliff MB, Scharf C, Bolling C, Rausch J. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Clinic and Home-Based Behavioral Intervention to Decrease Obesity in Preschoolers. Obesity. 2011;19:134–141.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Riestenberg F, Bishop C, Zeller M. Racial differences in obese youths’ perception of healthcare and weight loss. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011;50,14-16 .
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: Caregiver and Family Functioning Across the First Post-Operative Year. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD). 2011;7:145-150.
Ratcliff MB, Blount RL, Mee LL. The relationship between adolescent renal transplant recipients' perceived adversity, coping, and medical adherence. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Jun;17(2):116-24.
Simons LE, Blount RL, Campbell R, Hubbard A, Goodwin B, Devine K, Benoit Ratcliff M. Decreases in anxiety associated with participation in a pediatric heart camp. Cardiology of the Young. 2007 17,631-637.
Meg H. Zeller, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric psychology; school-age children and adolescents; childhood obesity; barriers to weight management
Visit the Zeller Lab.
BA: Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1984.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996.
Internship: Pediatric Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., 1995-1996.
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1999.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1997.
Modi, A.C., Zeller, M.H., Xanthakos, S.A. Jenkins, T.M., & Inge, T.H. Adherence to vitamin supplementation following adolescent bariatric surgery, Obesity. PMCID: NIHMSID # 407006. In Press.
Wu, Yelena, Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. The role of social support for promoting quality of life among persistently obese adolescents: Importance of support in schools. Journal of School Health. In Press.
Cushing, C.C., Bishop-Gilyard, C.T., Boles, R.E., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Caregiver concern in adolescents with persistent obesity: The importance of quality of life assessment. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In Press.
Zeller, M.H. Adolescent bariatric surgery: “You may ask yourself: “How did I get here?”Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 38, 117-25. 2013.
Zeller, M.H., Reiter-Purtill, J., Jenkins, T.M. & Ratcliff, M.B. Adolescent suicidal behavior across the excess weight status spectrum. Obesity. In Press.
Ratcliff, M.B., Eshleman, K.G., Reiter-Purtill, J. & Zeller, M.H. Prospective changes in body image dissatisfaction among adolescent bariatric patients: The importance of body size estimation. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 8(4): 470-5. 2012. PMID:22154271.
Piazza-Waggoner, C., Modi, A.C., Ingerski, L.M., Wu, Y, & Zeller, M.H. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Childhood Obesity, 7(5): 385-91. 2011.
Modi AC, Zeller MH. Establishing minimal clinically important difference scores and test-retest reliability. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011 Jun;6(2-2):e94-6.
Zeller MH, Guilfoyle SM, Reiter-Purtill J, Ratcliff MB, Inge TH, Long JD. Adolescent bariatric surgery: caregiver and family functioning across the first postoperative year. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Mar-Apr;7(2):145-50.
Ratcliff MB, Reiter-Purtill J, Inge TH, Zeller MH. Changes in depressive symptoms among adolescent bariatric candidates from preoperative psychological evaluation to immediately before surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jan-Feb;7(1):50-4.
Adolescent Bariatrics: Controlled Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial Development (TeenView)Principal InvestigatorNational Institutes of HealthMar 2008 - Feb 2014#R01DK080020-01
Tracking Adolescents After Bariatric Surgery: Substance, HIV and Suicide Risks (teenVIEW3)Principal InvestigatorNational Institute of HealthMay 2012- April 2017#R01DA033415
Kathy B. Hrovat, MS, RD, LD Lead Dietitian, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Linda M. Kollar, CPN Bariatric Clinical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Bariatric Clinical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery
Linda Kollar, RN, CNP, has more than 20 years of experience in adolescent medicine. Prior to joining the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, she provided primary care to teens in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's.
Huppert JS, Bennett K, Kollar LM, Pattullo L, Mortensen JE. MRSA: rare in the vagina. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2011.
Mullins TL, Kollar LM, Lehmann C, Kahn JA. Changes in human immunodeficiency virus testing rates among urban adolescents after introduction of routine and rapid testing. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Sep;164(9):870-4. Byczkowski TL, Kollar LM, Britto MT. Family experiences with outpatient care: do adolescents and parents have the same perceptions?J Adolesc Health. 2010 Jul;47(1):92-8 Kowalczyk Mullins TL, Braverman PK, Dorn LD, Kollar LM, Kahn JA. Adolescent preferences for human immunodeficiency virus testing methods and impact of rapid tests on receipt of results. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Feb;46(2):162-8. Kollar LM, Kahn JA. Education about human papillomavirus and human papillomavirus vaccines in adolescents. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Oct;20(5):479-83. Wetzel C, Tissot A, Kollar LM, Hillard PA, Stone R, Kahn JA. Development of an HPV educational protocol for adolescents. Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2007 Oct;20(5):281-7. Kahn JA, Slap GB, Bernstein DI, Tissot AM, Kollar LM, Hillard PA, Rosenthal SL. Personal meaning of human papillomavirus and Pap test results in adolescent and young adult women. Health Psychol. 2007 Mar;26(2):192-200. Dunham L, Kollar LM. Vegetarian eating for children and adolescents. J Pediatr Health Care. 2006 Jan-Feb;20(1):27-34.
Cassandra D. McDaniel Program Coordinator, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery
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