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Medical Director, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Robert M. Siegel is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and medical director of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition of the Heart Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York and earned his MD from New York University. Dr. Siegel did his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was a general pediatrician for more than twenty years before joining the Heart Institute and was president of the Medical Staff at Cincinnati Children’s from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Siegel’s research interests include dietary and physical activity interventions in obese children.

Clinical Interests

Child abuse evaluation.

Research Interests

Practice-based clinical research.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Cardiology, Heart Institute, Heart Institute, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

My Locations

My Education

MD: New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1984-87.

Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1992. American Board of Pediatrics, 1988.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1988.

My Publications

Kirk S, Woo J, Jone M, Siegel R. Increased Frequency of Dietitian Visits is Associated with Improved BMI Outcomes in Obese Youth Participating in a Comprehensive Pediatric Weight Management Program. Childhood Obesity. 2015;11:202-207.

Murphy A, Kist C, Gier A, Edwards NM, Gao Z, Siegel RM. The Feasibility of High Intensity Interval Exercise in Obese Adolescents. Clin Ped. 2015;54:87-90.

Inge T, Siegel R, Xanthakos S. Weight loss maintenance: A hard nut to crack. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168:796-7.

Siegel RM, Pitnar HE, Kist C, Woo JG, Gier A, Sewell M, Lattin B, Rooney A, Kirk S. Obese Children in a Community YMCA “Fun 2B Fit” Program have a reduction in BMI Z-scores. Clin Ped. 2014;53:694-696.

Siegel RM, Kist C, Ingram L, Kirk S. An after hours rapid access pediatric weight management clinic increases show rate. Clin Ped. 2014;53:490-492.

Garbutt JM, Mandrell KM, Allen M, Sterkel R, Epstein J, Stahl K, Kreusser K, Sitrin H, Ariza A, Cohen Reis E, Siegel R, Strunk RC. Pediatric providers experience with retail-based clinics. Journal of Pediatrics. 2013;163:1384-1388.e6.

Berger KA, Lynch J, Prows CA, Siegel RM, Myers MF. Mother’s perceptions of family health history and an online parent-generated family health history tool. Clin Ped. 2012;52:70-77.

Kanetzke EE, Lynch J, Prows CA, Siegel RM, Myers MF. Perceived Utility of Parent-Generated Family Health History as a Health Promotion Tool in Pediatric Practice. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011;50:720-8.

Siegel RM, Neidhard MS, Kirk S. A Comparison of Reduced Glycemic Load and Staged Portion-Controlled Diets in Improving BMI and Other Health Outcomes of Obese Children in a Pediatric Weight Management Program. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011;50:459-461.

Siegel RM, Rich W, Khoury J. An Office-Based Low Carbohydrate Intervention in Teens: One Year Follow-up of a Six-Month Intervention. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011;50:459-461.