Dr. Khalsa is dual medically trained in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has had research exposure throughout his training thus far. His prior research experiences have all been related to childhood obesity. In medical school, he has designed and administered research surveys evaluating the knowledge, beliefs and practices in treating obesity among community and academic physicians and physicians-in-training in an urban academic environment. He has subsequently conducted secondary analysis of a large cohort datasets evaluating the effects of infant obesity on motor and mental milestones in 9 month old infants during his residency training. These projects have resulted in several abstracts and poster presentations. He has also lead a Health Policy Elective and was a Jack Rutledge Legislative Intern through the American Medical Student Association.
Clinically, Dr. Khalsa is the recipient of the Deans Letter of Excellence for Community Service as a medical student and subsequently was given the Resident Teacher of the Year Award and the Excellence in Citizenship and Collegiality Award during his training at Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center.
Currently, as a General Pediatric Academic Research Fellow, Dr. Khalsa now has the opportunity to further explore his interests in early childhood obesity and is evaluating how infant and early childhood feeding practices affect growth and obesity. He hopes to shape his career into further evaluating the role of parenting and how parents influence their child’s risk of obesity. In doing so, he hopes to elucidate parental behaviors that are modifiable targets for intervention among children at the greatest risk for childhood obesity.