A photo of Robert Siegel.

Director, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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

Clinical Divisions

Heart, Obesity Prevention

Research Divisions

Cardiology, Heart

Blog Posts

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

6 Steps Parents Can Take to Keep Kids’ Hearts Healthy

BlogHealthy LivingHealthy 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

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

Relative Accuracy of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for Assessing Body Composition in Children With Severe Obesity. Khan, S; Xanthakos, SA; Hornung, L; Arce-Clachar, C; Siegel, R; Kalkwarf, HJ. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2020; 70:e129-e135.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of a fixed-dose combination of phentermine/topiramate in adolescents with obesity. Hsia, DS; Gosselin, NH; Williams, J; Farhat, N; Marier, JF; Shih, W; Peterson, C; Siegel, R. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism: a journal of pharmacology and therapeutics. 2020; 22:480-491.

What to do about childhood obesity?. Kharofa, R; Siegel, R; Stackpole, K. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2019; 16:3902-3902.

Pilot Testing of a Patient Decision Aid for Adolescents with Severe Obesity in US Pediatric Weight Management Programs within the COMPASS Network. Moore, J; Haemer, M; Mirza, N; Weatherall, YZ; Han, J; Mangarelli, C; Hawkins, MJ; Xanthakos, S; Siegel, R. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2019; 16:1776-1776.

A Pilot Study of School-Based Comprehensive Cardiovascular Screening in Middle School Children. Siegel, RM; Strasser, K; Faust, M; Hudgens, M; Robison, D; Urbina, EM. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 208:287-289.

Electronic Gaming Characteristics Associated with Class 3 Severe Obesity in Youth Who Attend the Pediatric Weight Management Programs of the COMPASS Network. Phan, TT; Tucker, JM; Siegel, R; Christison, AL; Stratbucker, W; Werk, LN; Hossain, J; Datto, G; Gentile, DA; Stubblefield, S. Childhood Obesity. 2019; 15:21-30.

A Case of a 13-Year-Old Female With Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) Identified by School-Based Cardiovascular Screening. Gordon, K; Yao, M; Siegel, R; Stackpole, K. Global Pediatric Health. 2019; 6:2333794X19874215-2333794X1987421.

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.

Nudging Healthier Choices in a Hospital Cafeteria: Results From a Field Study. Mazza, MC; Dynan, L; Siegel, RM; Tucker, AL. Health Promotion Practice. 2018; 19:925-934.

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.