A photo of Robert Siegel.

Director, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-9420

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

I am a pediatrician who specializes in pediatric obesity treatment and prevention. I was drawn to this work because of the great need in the community, and I chose pediatrics because I love working with children and young adults.

In my practice, I use an individualized approach with each child and family. As director of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, I support our family-centered method that focuses on helping children and their families live a healthier lifestyle.

I was a general pediatrician for more than 20 years before moving to obesity work. I was honored to join the board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

In addition to helping patients and families, I’m involved in research. Our team is examining better ways to treat and prevent obesity.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, running, and playing with my dog and cats.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric obesity treatment and prevention

Research Interests

Obesity treatment and prevention; exercise and behavioral economic interventions

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Heart, Obesity Prevention, Cardiology, Heart

Cincinnati Children's Blog

6 Steps Parents Can Take to Keep Kids Hearts Healthy

BlogHealthy Living

6 Steps Parents Can Take to Keep Kids’ Hearts Healthy

By Bob Siegel, MD2/4/2019

Does McDonalds Have the Right Idea

BlogChildhood Obesity

Does McDonald’s Have the Right Idea?

By Bob Siegel, MD4/26/2015

Science Blog

Cardiovascular Screenings Uncover High Cholesterol Cases Among Middle Schoolers

Diabetes and Obesity

Cardiovascular Screenings Uncover High Cholesterol Cases Among Middle Schoolers

Robert M. Siegel, MD, FAAP7/3/2019

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

Selected Publication

Healthier Choices in School Cafeterias: A Systematic Review of Cafeteria Interventions. Gordon, K; Dynan, L; Siegel, R. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 203:273-279.e2.

Community Healthcare and Technology to Enhance Communication in Pediatric Obesity Care: Expert Exchange Workgroup's Views. Siegel, RM; Haemer, M; Kharofa, RY; Christison, AL; Hampl, SE; Tinajero-Deck, L; Lockhart, MK; Reich, S; Pont, SJ; Stratbucker, W; et al. Childhood Obesity. 2018; 14:453-460.

Small Prizes Increased Plain Milk and Vegetable Selection by Elementary School Children without Adversely Affecting Total Milk Purchase. Emerson, M; Hudgens, M; Barnes, A; Hiller, E; Robison, D; Kipp, R; Bradshaw, U; Siegel, R. Beverages. 2017; 3:14-14.

A TWO-TIERED SCHOOL CAFETERIA INTERVENTION OF EMOTICONS AND SMALL PRIZES INCREASED HEALTHFUL FOOD SELECTION BY OVER 300%. Siegel, RM; Hudgens, M; Annekin, A; Simmons, K; Shelly, J; Bell, I; Kotagal, UR. 2016; 5:60-66.

Small prizes increased healthful school lunch selection in a Midwestern school district. Siegel, R; Lockhart, MK; Barnes, AS; Hiller, E; Kipp, R; Robison, DL; Ellsworth, SC; Hudgens, ME. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2016; 41:370-374.

An Office-Based Low-Carbohydrate Intervention in Teens: One-Year Follow-Up of a Six-Month Intervention. Siegel, RM; Rich, W; Khoury, J. Clinical Pediatrics. 2011; 50:1062-1063.

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

A 6-Month, Office-Based, Low-Carbohydrate Diet Intervention in Obese Teens. Siegel, RM; Rich, W; Joseph, EC; Linhardt, J; Knight, J; Khoury, J; Daniels, SR. Clinical Pediatrics. 2009; 48:745-749.

Treatment of otitis media with observation and a safety-net antibiotic prescription. Siegel, RM; Kiely, M; Bien, JP; Joseph, EC; Davis, JB; Mendel, SG; Pestian, JP; DeWitt, TG. Pediatrics. 2003; 112:527-531.

Barriers to domestic violence screening in the pediatric setting. Erickson, MJ; Hill, TD; Siegel, RM. Pediatrics. 2001; 108:98-102.